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Fever Moon (Graphic Novel) Hardcover – July 10, 2012
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About the Author
Karen Marie Moning is the New York Times bestselling author of the Fever series, featuring MacKayla Lane, and the award-winning Highlander series. She has a bachelor’s degree in society and law from Purdue University and is currently working on a new series set in the Fever world.
Illustrator Al Rio, Brazil-based, world-renowned as a “good-girl artist” with a classic style, has drawn such popular series as X-Men, Spider-Man, Star Wars, GEN¹³, DV8, and his own sexy supernatural project Exposure. Fever Moon was his last graphic novel before he died.
Also from Brazil, illustrator Cliff Richards has loved comic books since a young age and has worked for DC Comics, Dark Horse, and Marvel, among others. He also illustrated Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for Del Rey.
New York Times bestselling adaptor David Lawrence has written professionally since the ’80s, most recently with Patricia Briggs on the graphic novels Mercy Thompson: Homecoming, Moon Called, and Cry Wolf: An Alpha & Omega Novel. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Colorists Katrina Mae Hao and Rainier Beredo both live in the Philippines—Mae Hao in the City of San Fernando; Beredo in Batangas. Between them they have colored thousands of pages of graphic novels. Mae Hao also colored Kim Harrison’s Blood Work for Del Rey.
Inkers Al Rio, Julia Pinto, Joe Pimentel, and Dan Borgones. Pinto trained under Rio, while Pimentel and Borgones are considered top inkers in Brazil and the Philippines.
Letterer Zachary R. Matheny has lettered, colored, and designed hundreds of books for a variety of publishers—Del Rey’s Blood Work and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies among them. Matheny lives in Los Angeles, California.
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However though she has matured due to constant combat and has met twisted allies like Jericho Barrons and V'Lane, Mac has not encountered the deadliest Unseelie; a Fae that the Fae fear as the Fear Dorcha who has brutally hunted anyone in his path on several worlds including the genocide of humans, sometimes out in the open. He has come to Dublin to collect body parts from fifteen victims that will become him as he mutilates those in Mac's circle with her being his final target. Mac, with her Spear of Destiny and Barrons, expects her existential existence will expire once this monster comes for her, but she plans to stand her ground against this invincible fighting machine.
This is a terrific graphic comic that apparently occurs just before Shadowfever. The adaptation by David Lawrence engages fans from the moment the vilest villain in the series to date arrives (hat in hand) in Temple Bar to collect body parts and never slows down as he closes in on Mac. The colorful illustrations by the late Al Rio and Cliff Richards enhance the "Fecking-A" superb storyline.
This review DOES contain spoilers. Read further at your own risk.
First: The characters, while drawn beautifully, don't look like themselves.
Starting with the faerie. In the novels they're described as these sleek, glowing, almost ethereal creatures. These guys look more like your typical musclebound meatheads. There's nothing remotely graceful and ethereal about them. Honestly, the slim, lithe style of your typical Japanese manga bishonen probably would have worked much better for the whole faerie vibe. Don't get me wrong, they're pretty. They're just not "faerie" to me. This, however, is the least of my peeves.
Now, as for the two main female characters, I think they look too old. Mac looks like a woman in her late 20s, early 30s. Dani is supposed to be, what, 13, 14 years old? She looks like she's in her early 20s, not like a smartass teenager.
Nothing wrong with Barrons, he's pretty much like I pictured him. Except in his beast form. I've always been under the impression that when transformed, he is WAY less humanoid than he's depicted in the GN. Like, he has a muzzle incapable of intelligent speech. I kind of pictured something like a dragonish creature, actually. Otherwise, why wouldn't he have just come right out and TOLD Mac who he was before she had to go and find out the hard way? And yet, in this book he's running around naked as you please, chatting up a storm on his cell phone. And please, DO tell me where the heck he got the phone in the first place! Did he not lose ALL of his possessions when he lost his clothes? Mac got his keys. Where did he have the phone stashed all that time? Up his backside?
Finally, the biggest flaw in the book, and I am seriously wondering how this was missed in the editing process. I even read back through three or four times, to make sure I wasn't missing anything. But here it is:
About halfway through the book, Mac heads to Chesters and the Dreamy Eyed Guy's sub-club to get some answers. She pulls up to the club wearing a flirty green dress and red heels. Immediately following, there's a flashback sequence of her first time in the Club, meeting the Fear Dorcha (who is a REALLY COOL villain, btw). Flashback ends, and she's in the club in the present.
Wearing an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT OUTFIT.
Not only is it an entirely different color (dark red), it's an entirely different style (tight and see-through. With black heels).
Someone, PLEASE tell me how something like this got missed? Or, if I'M missing something, please tell me what, because I am thoroughly baffled. No matter how many times I read, it just seems like pre-flashback and post-flashback are still the same sequence. And I'm pretty sure she didn't leave Chesters, go home and change, and then come back again during said flashback.
Anyway. If you can ignore all these issues, you'll probably enjoy the story. Heck, even if you CAN'T ignore all these issues, you might still enjoy the story if you love the Fever series. I did. The story itself has a great plot, and makes a perfect side-story to the main events.
Oh. One last thing. Some people were complaining in their reviews that it was too short and it cost too much. It's a graphic novel, people. It isn't that the story is short, it's that graphic novels do NOT take long to read. And the price for a full-color, hardback novel is actually REALLY good. I buy a lot of manga, which are generally black-and-white and paperback. Most of those run ten to twelve bucks a pop, and it takes quite a number of them to get the complete story. I've also bought other full-color, hardback graphic novels (ElfQuest series, anyone), which have run anywhere from twenty-five to forty bucks a pop. So, really, do stop whining.
I also wouldn't recommend buying this book if you own a regular Kindle. I doubt even the newest versions could handle the full-color graphics properly. Plus, you'll miss out on all the lovely colors.
If you have a Fire, however, or any tablet with full-color display (free Kindle apps are lovely, yes?), then I'd say go for it. If you don't mind the issues I mentioned, that is.