2 out of 4 stars
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Cold-Blooded Volume 1 by Perry Edwards is a graphic novel that follows the story of the activities of Rem Smart, a sophomore student of Dragon High School, before and after he discovers that he possesses unique abilities that make him different from regular humans. This novel is the first book of the series.
Just after saving his classmate, Sein Webb, from bullies, Rem is attacked by a cylindrical flying unit (CFU) robot. Just before the CFU robot deals its last blow to kill Rem, he metamorphoses into a monster and tears the CFU robot apart. In a state of confusion, Rem goes home in his monster form, having no prior knowledge of how to change back to human. When his grandfather sees him, he explains that a curse that runs through the family, makes them turn to monsters at will. He also tells Rem about their enemy called Darkness. He also explains that Darkness controlled the CFU robots and that he was responsible for his father’s disappearance. His grandfather, however, warns him not to use his powers again. But with the enemy that captured his father coming for him, will Rem heed to his grandfather’s advice? What does Darkness want with Rem?
An essential aspect of a graphic book is that the illustrations have to exist in such a way that the characters are unique, distinguishable, and consistent. The author justified the character building in that regard, and as such, I was able to identify each character just by their appearance. The sequence of events was also commendable. I liked that the author structured the book in a way that each chapter is dependent on the previous one, which is suitable for the story because the reader is invited to follow the story from the beginning. I am additionally content with the degree of suspense in the story; this guaranteed I was as eager and anxious as can be, wondering what was going to happen next. The end of the story was also fair, but this is by no means the end of the story as there is still room for a second book in the series.
However, I found one particular part of this story to be unrealistic; the part where Sein Webb’s father was willing to use him as a lab rat to test his newly developed formula when he saw that Sein was a vulnerable kid that was constantly bullied. I mean, that is not the way any parent would react even if some untested formula promised to make their child stronger. Additionally, I found some of the font employed by the author during the dialogue a bit unclear and challenging to see at first sight. Although each character was distinguishable as I earlier stated, I still feel that each character spoke the same way, and there was no discernible phrase used during the dialogue that sets them apart from each other.
Additionally, this piece is professionally edited even if I expected nothing less given the minimal number of words contained in the text. As a result of my negative observations, I have decided to remove two stars and rate Cold-Blooded Volume 1 2 out of 4 stars. I didn’t rank it one star because although its execution isn’t the best, I believe that the author has produced a story that has a well-organized plot. I recommend this book to fans of Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, and people who are interested in graphic novels relating to action and thriller.
Cold-Blooded Vol 1
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