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