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James Patterson's Witch & Wizard Volume 1: Battle for Shadowland (Witch & Wizard (Graphic Novels)) by James Patterson (2011-11-08)

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  • By Readaholic on December 20, 2012

    My distaste for this novel stems not from the story itself- in fact, that was it's one saving grace- but from the presentation overall. Whereas the previous book's art (by Svetlana Chmakova) was beautifully detailed, expressive, unique, and well balanced- rounded enough to preserve the Manga-esque style, sharp enough to make the magic stand out in black and white, and realistic enough to preserve the believability of the story- this book throws all of that out the window. The hackjob illustrations are laughable, and to be honest I've seen fifth graders do better. Suddenly, the main characters look like blurry background characters in Scooby Doo, every character looks drastically different than before and, in many cases, like some ridiculous attempt at (an adult's perception of) teenage stereotypes. The main characters go from likable, even heroic, normal looking people to Whit being an overly buff, wide-shouldered boy with no room for expression (he barely has a face at all) and Wisteria poretrayed as a puffy-lipped, makeup wearing flirt of a girl constantly wearing a miniskirt, hot pants and (invariably) and half shirt that barely covers her boobs. She's supposed to be a tomboy! Also the curve dog Feffer, who was originally reffered to as a "dog or wolf... a hellhound" is now a german shepherd and easily the WORST drawn thing in the entire book, which is sad considering how big her role in the story is.The color, which fills the whole book, should make up for some of this, but instead hurts my eyes. The black and white of the previous book was, at least, harmonious; in this case, the jarring secondary colors (muted purples, oranges and greens) make it look like all the ugly, the rejected crayons were puked all over the page. There is no attempt at tint, monocramatic or neutral colors; nor is there depth perception, believable shadow, any definition of shape or texture, or any other basic component of art. (I'm an art student, and we learned those in 6th grade, so the artist has to excuse.)The layout, too, is at fault; many times I had to read the page over and over agian to figure out who spoke first, who was talking to who, and often still didn't quite make sense out of the whole thing. Usually, panels flow from start to finish, with important things brought to the focal point, but in this book, eveything's just mashed together without any sense of forthought or orginization. All of the magic looks the EXACT same, even very diffent "spells" (another thing the previous book pulled off beautifully) and most of them are pink. Yes, PINK. It completely ruins the drama of various tragedies and deaths. I found myself rushing through the entire novel just to finish the story; the horrible artwork and clashing colors rendered my completely unattatched to any of the new characters and destroyed what feeling I had already had for those I already knew. It's also considerably shorter than the first, and often feels rushed or as though it's missing parts of the story, with random transitions and confusing visuals.Basically, if you want to know what happens in this book, read the novel. Otherwise, with the standards gained from previous installment, you will (like me) be disappointed and far less likely to buy (or, in my case, even read) the next book in the series (it hasn't been released yet, but if it's done by the same illustrator, I'll be switching to the novels permanently). I'm a big fan of James Patterson, but whoever decided to switch artists made a huge mistake, not to mention all the money they wasted on the tacky, grating colored ink.


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