Monday, March 26, 2018

ARC Review: The Ghost, The Owl By Franco

The Ghost, The Owl By Franco
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Format: Egalley, 53 pages
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: 

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On a cool evening on the swamp, a figure appears dancing across the water. A human figure, but far from a human form. A Ghost, a young girl spirit that seems to have lost its way. A good Samaritan owl decides to help against the wishes of his animal brethren. What mysteries does the ghost girl hold the secrets to and what will happen when she and the owl unlock them together? Will they find out what happened to her? Will she find her way to where she needs to be? What will happen to the animals in the swamp and surrounding forest? An adventure with the most unlikely of pairs, The Ghost, the Owl.
This comic is a pretty short story, it's only 53 pages, so if you are looking for a quick read I would recommend it. The story itself isn't that complex. An owl meets a ghost girl and tries to help her, and is reprimanded from The Owl Parliament, but he does it anyway. I found the Owl Parliament to be really interesting and I wanted to know more about that but we don't get that in this story. You are just supposed to accept how things are in the animal world and move along with the story. It just seems like there needs to be more there. 

We do learn who the Ghost girl is towards the end of the story, and I have to say I'm a little disappointed. I thought it was going to go one way and then what we actually find out was a little anti-climatic. I also feel like the story with the woman and the man who wants her land wasn't fleshed out enough. Why does he want her land? Why does she live in this house? What is the background with that story? It just felt like in terms of story this one was lacking.

However, since this is a comic, I can be swayed a little when it comes to good art. The artwork in this comic was beautiful and it made me want to keep on reading to see the next panel. It was very colorful and had a beautiful almost painting-like quality to the style. I really loved it and was really captured by it. Especially all the ethereal swirls that were used for The Ghost. 

This comic kind of loses me with the story, but I thought it was awesome to look at. I think it you don't mind a plot with some minor holes but love to look at gorgeous artwork, then this one is for you.

*I received a free egalley copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Happy Reads Everyone!