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Mae by Gene Ha {3 Stars}

Mae by Gene Ha {3 Stars}

Mae by Gene Ha (Mae Vol 1)
Published by Dark Horse Comics on Feb. 7th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Page Length: 136 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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When she was just a girl, Abbie discovered a portal to fantasy world and for the last couple of years has been having great adventures there: defeating horrible monsters, power-mad scientists, and evil nobles. But by the time she turned twenty-one it all came apart and she decided to return home. Her sister, Mae, has had no idea what happened to Abbie after all this time. Her tales are too hard to believe--that is, until the monsters and other terrible creatures start to cross over to our world...
Collects the first six issues of the fantastical all-ages series, in the 6- x 9- format!

3 Stars

I grabbed this randomly from the library shelf, as I do with any graphic novels that show up where the art appeals to me and looks like it is vaguely speculative.

Strengths:

  • This is a story about what happens after a girl discovers a passage into a secret world and spends her childhood there becoming queen. Who did she leave behind and what happens when she tries to come back to our world? Definitely a wonderful premise
  • The art is pretty good. It’s not quite my favorite style, but it appeals to me more than average.
  • Sisterly bonds are great to see in any fantasy story.

Weaknesses:

  • There is something about the shading of the art that just doesn’t quite work for me, though I’m not knowledgeable enough about these things to say exactly what!
  • All the villains so far are dark-skinned…. I’m pretty sure that will improve since apparently everyone in this magical world is dark-skinned pretty much, but for now it makes me uncomfortable given the white heroes.
  • There is a whole lot introduced in this first volume that I have questions about, and obviously they will get answered in later volumes, but I am not satisfied with what we know so far. Abbie has super fighting skillz including super strength and Mae never questions that? This is a story that I think I would have liked better in written rather than graphical form so that these details could be better addressed.

 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Mae by Gene Ha

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