I.D. Paperback – Illustrated, June 28, 2016
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- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Paperback : 80 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1632157829
- ISBN-13 : 978-1632157829
- Dimensions : 6.9 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches
- Reading level : 13 - 16 years
- Publisher : Image Comics; Illustrated edition (June 28, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,148,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Graphic Novels are not what I read on regular basis, so I don't feel like an expert when it comes to reviewing them, but I still feel like I can tell what I liked and what I disliked in an acceptable way.
I.D. is a dystopian story told in a format of graphic novel.
I say it is a dystopian because that is what is said in the synopsis, but if you ask me, I say it is a futuristic story.
You see, there is no „new world order“ (or in case there is, we didn't have a chance to see it), but the story is set in the future where the technology is so advanced that people can change their body to someone else's.
I liked how from the scientistic perspective it was described how it is possible to transplate your brain into another body and with the brain your personality, memories and yourself complitely.
The story follows only three characters: Noa, Miguel and Charlotte. They all seemed interesting enough, but yet I wish we got the chance to get to know them better and to get attached to them or just to understand their reasons behid their actions.
The art work is done solidly and I really like how it was all done in red color.
My main problem with this novel is that is was just too short.
80 pages was not enough, and I wish this was not a standalone (or that it was, but only longer) but at least 3 volumes long story in which we'd got to see characters' lives before they decided to go under the procedure, and how they accustomed to their new bodies and what kind of life they'd live after the surgery.
I feel like most of the story we had to imagine in our heads instead of reading it in this work.
I have to phrase that the part that showed opponents of the exchanging body procedures really impressed me.
Also, I like the open ending but as I already said, I think this would make a better series instead of standalone.
It begins with a trio of seemingly mismatched people conversing in a coffeeshop, and one of those aforementioned flashes of brilliance come via the page after we see a pull-back view of the three at their table. The next page is a series of fifteen close up of eyes, fingers, hands, and coffee cups conveying in wonderfully expressive and economic fashion the discomfort these three feel.
It turns out that discomfort comes from the three (Noa, Charlotte, Mike) being newly met thanks to all of them contemplating a full body transplant for reasons of their own. The work, originally done as several serialized graphics and now collected into a single book, follows the three as they bond over the impending operation, learn the details in a scene set in the medical center, and then post-op as well, all it set in a near-future on a semi-terraformed Mars against a backdrop of class/labor violence, including some that suddenly interrupt their conversation.
The first thing readers will notice is Rios’ use of a red palette throughout. This I’d argue works better in concept than execution. Conceptually it’s a nice connection both to the setting (the red of Mars) and the plot (red being a color so viscerally associated with the body). Execution-wise, I found it muddied the action (though this might have been an issue regardless of the color), sometimes to the point of making it very difficult to tell who was doing what. On the other hand, the use of varied angles of points-of-view was a plus with regard to the artwork.
The story bogs down in some clunky exposition at times. The first conversation feels a little forced, and the scene set in the med center, basically a presentation on the process by the lead scientist, is tech/exposition heavy.
My biggest two issues with I.D., though, were plot and characters. Plot-wise, the story feels thin as it is, but mostly just ends, I thought, far too abruptly. With such a strong premise, Rios had much more room to develop the primary story more fully, as well as the background, which basically just gets dropped and lost in the shuffle. The brevity of I.D. also hurts character development. The characters have some complexity to them, some twists and turns and revelations, but it all happens too fast and is declaimed rather than unfolding.
Thanks to the issues with plot, character, and art therefore, I can’t recommend I.D. But given I.D.’s strong premise and interesting ideas artistically, I plan to check out Rios’ next work regardless.
I.D. follows three people who are no longer satisfied with their mediocre lives. They think the solution to their problems is a body transplant. The concept of this graphic novel is simple, but very fascinating. I thought this was going to be a strong story and poignant, but I found it to be very lacking. The story itself is only about 67 pages long with art and words to develop a plotline and because this is a very brief story I expected there to be more of a punch behind the stories. The idea was there, but the execution was not.
Whimsical Writing Scale: 1.5
The characters are Noa, Charlotte, and a man whose name is not really mentioned. They all long for something different from what life is giving them. One wants to become the gender they identify, one wants to escape a boring existence, and one wants to understand what defines humans. It's a great concept, but these characters were bare bones minimum. They offered almost no emotion and I felt no empathy towards their lives and their reasons for undergoing a body transplant.
Character Scale: 1
The art was done in red and white, which was very aesthetically pleasing. The art itself was rather bland and unappealing. Overall, it's a short graphic novel and if you are interested pick it up, but it's not a story that I'm rushing to recommend. I think a lot of people will enjoy this story, I was just not one of them.
Art Scale: 2
Plotastic Scale: 2
Cover Thoughts: The cover is what drew my attention to this story. It's very eye catching.
Thank you, Netgalley and Image Comics for allowing me to read this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.