Tag: Invested

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez – Locke and Key Volume II: Head Games | Review

Title: Locke and Key Volume II: Head Games

Author: Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 160

Rating 4/5

 

 

Another strong instalment at the series, and I’m starting to feel pretty invested by this point. The only thing that I’m really worried about is the fact that it currently feels so open that I feel like it could go on for much longer than the four more volumes that are out. But then, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, and so perhaps they quit while they were ahead.

I can’t say too much here without spoiling the plot, but suffice to say that we get to quite literally see inside some of the charactersheads. It’s a unique little quirk that I haven’t seen elsewhere and it was cool to see what Hill and Rodriguez could do with the idea. Cool.

 

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Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata – Death Note: Black Edition Volume IV | Review

Title: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Author: Death Note: Black Edition Volume IV

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 417

Rating 3.5/5

 

 

I am still enjoying this series, but it’s starting to get samey by this point – and dare I say it, predictable? I don’t know, it’s just starting to feel a little bit as though the authors are trying to make it more complex at the expense of the actual story. Plus there was a character death that kind of bummed me out, although I kind of knew it was coming. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they turn out to not be dead.

I’ve compared Death Note to Prison Break in previous reviews, partly because each of these Black Edition bind-ups feels like a season of a TV show and partly because each individual issue ends up on a cliff hanger. It works, at least for a while, but at this point of the series the formula is starting to feel a little thin and I was kind of hoping for some extra innovation.

Still, I’m still enjoying reading through each of the different books in the series, it’s just that they went good, great, pretty good and then okay. That doesn’t fill me with much hope for the last two books in the series, but hey ho. I’m invested enough at this point that I want to see it through, and I also have a feeling that I’ve predicted a few of the twists and turns that the story is going to take.

 

 

I think another of the reasons why I gave this a 3.5/5 instead of a 4/5 or even a 4.5/5 is the fact that it’s getting hard to track who each of the death notes has belonged to. That then had the knock-on effect of making it difficult to theorise about what might happen next because there were too many different threads going on. But at the same time, I can see why that might appeal to some people.

All in all though, the series is pretty good and even though this isn’t the best installment, it’s worth reading and continuing on. There are only two more Black Editions to go now, and I will admit that I’m curious to see how it will end. I just think that at this rate, when I look back at it, it’ll be the first couple of editions that I think of. So yeah.

 

 

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