Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Review: The Good Neighbors: Kin

For those who are familiar with Holly Black, The Good Neighbors volume one: Kin (Graphix) is sort of like Spiderwick Chronicles for teens. I was expecting myself to read a few pages of this comic, get bored and move on to something else. But those few pages got me hooked.

Besides the usual character introductions for a first volume, the main presentation is two mysteries side by side. By the end of the volume, both mysteries are solved. Even with faeries, the comic never lets fantasy elements run all over as other comics of the same genre would do. Mysteries in fantasies are difficult to solve because usually, someone does hocus pocus which no one can ever imagine. Example: Jean Loring in Identity Crisis. With The Good Neighbors, there is no such cheating.

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