The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, vol. 1: Pterror over Paris!
The premise of the first volume of Adele Blanc-Sec is promising. A woman engages in a life of crime and high stakes adventure in Victorian-era Paris riddled with mad scientists, steam machines and large punctuation marks.
A female protagonist? Dinosaurs in Paris? How can this be bad?
While high on the sensationalism, the story of the plot left me totally confused. Who double-crossed whom?? Why are these people standing around? Who is in the coach?
Mostly I’m confused about the purpose for the main character. I understand that I can’t expect a great range of depth in characterization when the story is conveyed through serialized comic format, but this one was particularly lame. She gets dragged along and pushed and pulled thither and fro. She doesn’t make any decisions or take any actions. She’s double or triple crossed by absolutely everyone, and exhibits a starling lack of authority over her crime syndicate.
the quest for interesting graphic novels continues!
will this avid reader find well drawn comics with a story worth reading?