Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: The Lost Path by Amelie Flechais

The Lost Path By Amelie Felchais
Publisher: Lion Forge Comics
Release Date: April 10th, 2018
Format: Egalley, 103 pages
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: 

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Three young boys set off from Camp Happiness, map in hand, determined to be the first to find the treasure before anyone else. But the shortcut they take leads to something far more spectacular and sinister! All manner of magical beasties live in these woods, and the kids find themselves caught between warring Forest Spirits. Will the three boys find their way out of trouble? Get your map and ready, set, go! Amélie Fléchais's incredible artwork combines the best of French illustration with manga influences. A spooky new fairytale, for fans of Over the Garden Wall.
What is interesting to me about this comic is that the author and the illustrator are the same person. I don't think I've read many comics that one person is doing all the work, so that is pretty impressive. 

The art in this comic was amazing! Although, I think I have a very early copy because there are a lot of panels that are done in black and white line drawings and have not been filled in. I actually had to download this arc twice, because on the Bluefire Reader app I use on my tablet the pages with the black and white drawings just came through as blank. I opened it on Adobe Digital Editions on my computer and it was fine. It was just super frustrating because I prefer to read comics on my tablet, and it's the first time I've had an issue with files not reading correctly from netgalley. I don't think NG is at fault for this, it might just be an issue with the app I use.

The story for this one was about three boys that get lost in the woods and get sucked into a forest world they don't understand. We get a little bit of an introduction in the front of this story about what has happened, but I felt like once they get wrapped into the conflict I don't understand what the heck is happening. They don't either, so I think that is kind of the point, but the plot just felt very confusing. I'm wondering if there is going to be another book because I want to know more about what is going on in the forest. I think the kids in the story do too.

I honestly don't remember if the boys in this story have names. Maybe I wasn't paying attention. We do know that two of them are brothers, and the younger brother is really weird. I don't know if he was supposed to be not altogether there or if he just was a kid playing but he just seemed too weird. I just didn't get him. I think that these characters needed to be fleshed out a little more. I just don't think I really understood what they were about. It's also not really clear why they were in the woods in the first place! 

The art in this was great so I really enjoyed that about this one, but I just left it wanting more. I wanted to know more about these kids, and I wanted more details on what was going on in the forest. 

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

Happy Reads Everyone!