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review 2016-12-17 10:38
Light by Rob Cham
Light - Rob Cham

Genre: Adventure / Fantasy / Friendship / Horror


Year Published: 2016


Year Read:  11/3/2016

Publisher: Magnetic Press / Buno Publishing 

 

Light

I would like to thank NetGalley and Magnetic Press and Buno Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Introduction:

Now for years, I had read many graphic novels that would have written dialogues from the characters to help us understand the story being told in the comics. However, even though I had read many children’s books that had no text and the story was being told through the artwork, I had never read a graphic novel that did not have any dialogue spoken by the characters and lets the artwork tell the story. Luckily, I was able to come across such a graphic novel called “Light” by Rob Cham that was graciously provided to me by NetGalley and I have to say that I was quite impressed with this wondrous story!

What is this story about?

The story starts off with two explorers (a white big nosed creature and a grey leaf looking creature with large eyes) going on a journey through deep inside the earth to find five magic gems that would bring back color to the surface world. Along the way, the two explorers meet up with various dangerous and strange creatures that get in their way of completing their mission to find the magic gems!

What I loved about this story:

Rob Cham’s story and artwork:
Wow! Everything that Rob Cham did in this graphic novel was just fantastic to read through! Not only was this a nice quick read due to the story not containing any text, but I found the story to be extremely creative and exciting! I loved the way that Rob Cham told the story through the artwork as we get to see the two explorers go through various obstacles in order to obtain the five magic gems. I like how the storytelling is similar to a video game mission where you have to find all the items to complete the game (sort of like how with “Sonic the Hedgehog” you have to find all the chaos emeralds to get a complete ending for the game). However, in this case, the video game mission is given a more coherent plot and you get to experience the journey with the two explorers through the artwork! Rob Cham’s artwork is what really sold this graphic novel to me as the characters look so strange yet wondrous at the same time and I really loved the appearance of the two explorers as they look so adorable compared to the other strange and dangerous creatures in this story. I also loved the colorings for the artwork as the surface world is drawn in black and white colors as it represents the lack of color in their world, while the world below the earth has neon colors, but the coloring is against a black background that gives that world a dark and frightening feel.

Light

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

For those of you who do not like violence and scary imagery, this graphic novel does have several moments where the explorers have to stab and cut their enemies in order to survive the journey. Also, there are images of some frightening creatures such as the large bat that chases the explorers and night creatures that try to eat the explorers that might creep out some readers.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Light” is a truly fantastic and creative story that anyone who loves fantasy adventure stories will definitely get a kick out of!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2016-10-20 21:10
Light
Light - Rob Cham

*An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

 

While it was somewhat cute, mostly entirely due to the characters' expressions, it didn't really satisfy. The story panels did a decent job at telling the story, and I liked that it was wordless, but I really would have liked some more idea of what was taking place through panels that flowed into one another. Some of the panels seemed to jump from one to the next without much idea of what was taking place or what happened in between. The idea was nice, and what we got was okay, but I wanted more.

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review 2016-09-19 11:46
Light - Rob Cham

5+ stars. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

In a world without colour a little guy (or girl, but I see it more as a guy) goes on a journey to find several shiny, colourful crystals. What will happen when he gathers them all?

I was immediately interested in this one when I spotted it at Netgalley. I am all for quests, I love playing RPGs and this one reminded me of just that.

The story is told entirely through the illustrations. Each page is one illustration. There are no voices, the characters are silent. But that doesn’t matter. The illustrations tell it all. An engaging, interesting, fun, exciting adventure through the world where these little guys are living in. Because yes, our MC finds a friend, and they travel together. Beating monsters, running for their lives, searching for those shiny, colourful gems.

The book mostly has black backgrounds, some pages are black and white, but there are a lot of vibrant pages as well, which just looks gorgeous considering the black background. Even in the dark the colours are visible and will leak out of the pages.

The journey was a lot of fun, and I was delighted by the ending.

The art is just beautiful, I love how everything is drawn. From the monsters to the MC, to the backgrounds.

I will be sure to add this book to my collection when it comes out. And I would highly recommend this book to everyone!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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review 2016-09-02 19:59
Creepy Crawlies
Light - Rob Cham

ARC: Via Netgalley

 

This is actually quite a charming little picture graphic novel. There is no text, just pictures, but the action is easy to follow. The story concerns a creature that reminds one of Bone and his or her quest to find gems. These gems will restore color.

 

The hero (and I am using this as a gender neutral term) eventually gains a partner, a character who reminds one of those ink blot characters that pop up in animation every so often. The quest takes them into the deep and dark caverns. Buno uses both bright color and darkness to his best advantage. Before anyone objects or tries to say that the story is anti-black, Buno shows that absolutely whiteness is just as blinding. IT is a variety of colors (of all shades) that is needed. In part this is through the use of the jewels, but also though the characters that inhabit the story. Both the hero and buddy are absolutes – white and black. The other creatures come across as frightening at first, but then variations start to appear.

 

And there is a whole host of creepy crawlies in the underground caverns. In fact, you can almost see the book as a movie playing out before your eyes. It is a joy to read because of the use of color, humor, and style.

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