tasting ‘black wade’

A ‘Firsts Series’ interruption for Kris’ New Year’s Readolution 3! To try a different author and/or genre once a month.

The Blurb:

Dreaded pirate Black Wade has a cruel mind and an explosive sexuality. His mercilessness is legendary, but it wavers when he encounters the young and warm-hearted English officer Jack Wilkins.

These two absolutely different men are prisoners to their fate. Overwhelmed by their passion they unite in a fight for freedom and love.

Why I bought it:

Sarah of Rain on the Roof is a PIMP, that’s why!!

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ At 80 pages it’s not a particularly long read, but this is actually pretty average for a graphic novel or comic. I admit that I don’t buy this medium very often and am always a little taken aback by the cost of it; however, when you consider the format (hard cover, A4 size) and the quality of the artwork, I think it’s worth it.

Like~ Graphic novels, comics, yay! I’m such a sucker for the medium. Maybe it’s me, but there is something just so vivid and tactile about colour in this format and this is definitely true for Black Wade. The artwork is so beautifully lush and the scenes between Wade and Jack have a depth and sensuousness to them that is absolutely gorgeous:

© Franze & Andärle, 2009

Dislike~ This story has dub con in it, including an initial scene between the main protags. To be honest, I was a little put off by this, yet what else can you expect from a pirate/captive pairing. I think what made it convincing overall was a glimpse into the mind of Jack before his capture (can’t tell you the details for fear of spoilers) and the development of the emotional relationship between the two men afterwards.

Like~ Further to the above, and while the theme of the story is nothing startling or new, Black Wade still gives the reader a satisfying and sexy romance between two complete opposites during a period of time when this was strictly forbidden. Lovely. 🙂

So, what I think: I am so in love with the artwork of Black Wade it’s not funny. I keep taking it off the shelf and salivating over it. It’s stunning.


‘Tasting’ is my version of a mini-review where I talk a (very) little about what I liked and disliked about a book as well as who I think the story will appeal to. Oh, and I’ve added a bit about why I picked up the book in the first place – sometimes this can be interesting to know.


PS – I was gonna be nice and have a competition to give someone a chance to win my copy of Black Wade, but, fuck that, I’m keeping mine. You can bloody buy your own.

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53 Responses to tasting ‘black wade’

  1. Ingrid says:

    It looks very pretty indeed. I went to that link and there you can flip through the book.
    But that price tag… 21 eur!

  2. LesleyW says:

    LOL at your last comment. I've already got a copy having also been persuaded by Sarah's review. 🙂

  3. Tam says:

    21 euro!?!?! I think that's a bit steep for an experiment. I read the Watchmen as a graphic novel and it didn't really do much for me. Mind you, there were no sexy boys smexin'.

  4. Natasha says:

    I love the art work in this… am off to buy asap 🙂 Are there anymore like this?


  5. Chris says:

    Good thing I'm better at resisting graphic novel pushing than book pushing.

  6. Kris says:

    Emmy: Tell me. I was the same when I saw Sarah's review. Lush and hot. Have you looked at the gallery yet?? So. Good.

    Ingrid: I know! I ummed and ahhed for about 5 secs and then just shopped around until I could get the best deal, which was the Book Depository fyi. *g*

    Lesley: A selfish bitch aren't I. 🙂 I noticed when I was doing the links that you'd succumbed too. LOL. Who can resist that artwork though. *sigh*

  7. Kris says:

    Tam: Money. Pfft. Who needs it really. 😉 Maybe you could ask Santa for it. 🙂

    Tish: It's gorgeous isn't it. *trying to resist urge to get copy and pet it*

    I think Sarah made some recs in the comments of her review. She also does quite a few reviews of this medium so definitely check her blog or her shelves at Good Reads for more ideas.

    Chris, what?!!! There's a book format that you can resist. Wow. Should I be expecting Armageddon??

  8. Chris says:

    :p *thbbbbbbbbt*

  9. ordered from Amazon, but the flippin thing is backordered. GAHHHHHHHHHH!

  10. Kris says:

    Chris: Kiss, kiss.

    Emmy, poo. 😦 Can you cancel the order and go get it from somewhere else??

  11. Wow. *blink blink*

    Never read something like this before.

  12. Melissa says:

    Couldn't resist, but I have to wait till Amazon gets it in stock. Good thing that I got (I mean had) marketplace cash to pay for it!

  13. Kris says:

    Katiebabs chook, you've never read yaoi, you've never read m/m graphic novels. Hun, we need to get you some prettie cookie pics asap!

    Melissa, you too?? LOL. When you do get it be sure to where a bib whilst reading. You seriously don't want to get drool on that delicious artwork.

  14. I may be turning on to the MM yaoi side of things especially after this post.

  15. Chris says:

    Wait, I think I have a mailing label for Melissa – she's next up on the stuff I got from Tracy.

  16. JenB says:

    I'm sooooo tempted to get this one. Decisions, decisions.

    Y'know…the illustrations remind me of the cartoon movie Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. 🙂

  17. Kris says:

    Yeessssss. Embrace your feelings, Katiebabs chook. Feel the dark desire for manlove pics rising in you… 😉

    Chris: Yep, that's the same Melissa. 🙂

    JenB: LOL. It does look a bit like it that movie, doesn't it.

    “I'm sooooo tempted to get this one. Decisions, decisions.”

    *dooooooooo eeeeiiiiitttttttttttttt*

  18. I feel the manlove! Praise the lord!!

    The one picture of Black Wade with his ding dong hanging out and only wearing a belt cracks me up

  19. Kris says:

    Isn't that Jack? *going to have another look cos, you know, I need an excuse*

    This one of Wade is one of my faves: http://www.jimbocomics.com/0403gallery.html

  20. Ingrid says:

    Bookdepo you say…. they have this 10% discount thing at the moment..

  21. Kris says:

    Believe me, Ingrid. I know. Been there and done that last week. 🙂

  22. Ingrid says:

    Been there too already *sigh*

  23. Kris says:

    *ponders* It's quite possible that there is something wrong with us.

  24. Kris says:

    Naaaawwwww. 😉

  25. Ingrid says:

    Can´t be Kris. I can´t think of anything

  26. This looks great, never thought about graphic novels this way!

    Wanted to let you know that I have your M/M meme posted at my place. I thought you might wanna come over and kick my virgin ass…
    See ya 🙂

  27. Kris says:

    Ingrid: Great minds. 🙂

    Janna: Cool! I'll mosey on over and take a sticky beak. *g*

  28. Ingrid says:

    13.43 eur excl 10% discount at bookdepository…

  29. Kris says:

    Told you the Book Depository would give you the better deal PLUS they have it in stock. 🙂

  30. Ingrid says:

    You are right Kris 🙂 Anyway, I have it ordered

  31. Kris says:

    Course, if you hate it, it's entirely your fault for not having any willpower. Just sayin'.

  32. I ordered Black Wade!! Evol Kris pimp.

  33. Mandi says:

    This books so delicious…verra excited ms. KB ordered it…:)

  34. Kris says:

    Katiebabs' cherry is about to be popped in a seriously big – literally – way. 😉

    Mandi, have you got it too?? Isn't the artwork absolutely luscious.

  35. Sarah says:

    I am so, SO glad you liked it. It has to be one of my favorite reads of the year and I re read it OFTEN. omnomnom.

  36. Kris says:

    Liked it muchly. Thanks for reviewing it and rec'ing it in the first place, pimpy Sarah. 🙂

  37. Because of you and Kris, I know 3 other people who are interested in buying some Black Wade. Evol pimps both of you!

  38. Kassa says:

    ordered from amazon 2 wks ago … backordered and still waiting. *sigh*

  39. Kris says:

    You all need to stop ordering from Amazon and order from the Book Depository (aka the Emerald City). Iz better.

  40. Natasha says:

    Well my copy of Black Wade has arrived… I have read, pet and read it again.. whoo hoo!!! I want more!!!!!!
    Must go back to stare at book again and again… now where can I hide it from the kids?

  41. Kris says:

    Very glad that you liked it, Tish. Tis very pretty, isn't it. *g*

  42. Ingrid says:

    It has finally status dispatched!

  43. Kris says:

    Geez, you all are pretty excited about this one, aren't you. LOL.

  44. Natasha says:

    Black Wade needs to be loved by all…. him and his massive eerrr ego 🙂
    Gotta love that mans ego! LOL! Damn it!!! now I have to go stroke… I mean pet….. I mean read.. yes thats it… I now have to go read his ego again 😉


  45. Kris says:

    *snort* You're obviously feeling better, Tish.

  46. Natasha says:

    Hunny hard not to feel better when you've got a man of Wades calibre keeping you company 😉
    That means HELL YES! I'm feel tons better poss 🙂


  47. Kris says:

    Black Wade: New cure for pneumonia?? LOL.

  48. no Black Wade yet 😦 *KB sad*

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