Tuesday, February 17, 2015

REVIEW: "Rot & Ruin: Warrior Smart" by Jonathan Maberry

Disclaimer: I received a free, advanced e-copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Type: Graphic Novel, Comic Book, Series, Zombies, Young Adult, Teen, IDW Publishing, I think I've heard this before..

About the Book: Brand-new adventures set in the world of Rot & Ruin! 

Written by New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker award-winner, Jonathan Maberry, this all-new storyline continues events from the award-winning series of novels. 
We meet Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong as they travel through the Sierra Nevada mountains just one faltering step ahead of zombie hordes and one giant leap behind the plane flying through the sky that set them on their journey of discovery. [Description provided by Netgalley.com]
My Review: I'm going to start with what I didn't like about this, and end on a positive note. My biggest issue with this graphic novel was the cliched story line. There were some new twists on something I've seen several times in post-apocalyptic stories (SPOILERS: women as broodmares), but at this point, it's getting to be a cliche. The second the farmer guy mentioned "cows"... I knew what was coming.

Next issue: When I read the first novel of this series, I was excited because I knew it would be a great one to suggest to younger teen readers, especially reluctant readers. There were some adult themes, sure, but they were handled well. This graphic novel, however, I would be hesitant to hand over to some of the younger readers.

Now on to what I liked. Despite the cliched story, as I said, there were some new twists to make the story somewhat original. The art was very well done, especially in the fighting scenes, which can be difficult to portray. Clearly the story was good enough to keep me reading. All in all, this is a nice add-on to the series. But nothing spectacular.

Cover Lovin': Pretty good cover. I understand the dark spaces at the top and bottom, but it makes it feel like the cover is unfinished or lacking.

Recommendation: For fans of the series, and for zombie lovers. This can be read by someone unfamiliar with the Rot and Ruin series.

Final Rating: THREE out of FIVE stars. The story was compelling, but it was also pretty cliched and I knew what was coming. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda at Novel Addiction ~!~

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