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Makeshift Miracle Book 1: The Girl From Nowhere Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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With Colby’s parents out of town, there is no one to tell him he can’t travel wherever he wants. But when his journey takes him to the woods on the outskirts of town, he makes an astonishing discovery—a girl appears unconscious and naked in the crater left by a falling meteor. Zub’s quiet story and Chan’s soft art are a good match. Though there is some action—especially when the meteor nearly kills Colby and when a mysterious figure breaks into Colby’s house in search of the girl, Iris—the overall focus in this first volume is on Colby’s inner thoughts. He feels cut off from the world and overwhelmed by Iris, confused by her magical powers and her beauty. Chan’s art glows with life and is gently painted in a luminous style that changes color palette as needed to fit the plot. Readers looking for a manga-esque fantasy romance, especially fans of Mark Crilley’s Miki Falls series, will enjoy this one. A cliff-hanger ending will leave them eager for the next book. Grades 8-12. --Snow Wildsmith
- Discover the story Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Zot) calls an "enchantingly drawn meditation on imagination and yearning".
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I didn't realize this was an online comic until after doing a little research after I finished reading it. The quality is that of any published graphic novel you would pick up at your local bookseller. The colors have a watercolor feel that fits with the story.
This first book in this series is only a beginning. Many questions are left unanswered at the end of this volume and I want to know the answers!
A teenage boy comes upon a girl who has fallen from the sky and has no memories. Towards the end of this book, an Alice in Wonderland vibe begins to emerge.
There's not really enough meat in this first book to say whether I love it or not, but I really like where this series is going. I am going to have to regularly check on the website as new panels are posted.
I recommend you check out the website for the comic to check it out!
I give this book a 3/5. It really left me wanting more.
I can at least say that the art is reasonable. The artist has some issues with fore-shortening and dynamic panel composition (see the page where the protagonist is thrown back by an explosion, it's not bad but it feels a bit forced). However, they have a deft hand with colour and they play with their palette to shift the mood. They would've been quite capable of setting the mood for the comic better than the narration did. While the artist is excellent at depicting scenery, the faces in the comic are fairly flat and lacking in character. The characters have a case of anime-face, it's hard to pick out just what their features would be and expressive body language is overlooked in favour of keeping things pretty. I don't know if the artist was working on a short deadline, but they certainly could've improved the quality of the comic simply by paying more attention to the way Iris and the protagonist inhabit each-others' space, and the way they move. Some nervous body language would've made their first dialogue scene together much better than it was. (There's also some gratuitous shower scenery that shows Iris perfectly comfortable in a stranger's shower, which makes no sense at all).
I'm stretching things to give this three stars, because it's poorly written, and prettily but inadequately drawn. Still, this is a published version of a webcomic and all artists need to hone their craft. Hopefully the artist and writer will consider their respective mediums more closely as this comic continues, and improve.
The cover, for example, lacks impact. Yes, the art is gorgeous, and one can tell from a glance, but its effectiveness leaves much to be desired. Inside, the art is as beautiful - there are enough details to make the sceneries alluring, the colours are light and vibrant, but there's this something that just isn't there. Some panels felt a bit forced, and I thought to myself that the chain of events happened a little too fast for my liking. There were times that the facial expressions of the characters fell flat and dull. There were also panels that had little color that it was grey. I think it was meant to be some sort of style in order to put emphasis on the coloured ones, but to me it felt lazy.
The story itself is not original. Ordinary boy meets an extraordinary girl who fell from the sky. When he found her in a crater, she was cold and shivering and, of course, naked! Apparently, the girl is actually something more and enemies are out there trying to find her.
I've read that kind of scenario countless times. What makes each experience different from each other are the portrayal of the characters and their personalities. Unfortunately, the main characters in Makeshift Miracle have their boring and dull times, and I felt that their encounter didn't have that much impact... I mean, that's it? You'll just let this curious girl who fell from the sky in your home with no hesitation whatsoever? The acceptance of the situation felt too rushed, making me feel detached to them. I don't even remember their names anymore...
The narration really needs a lot of work. There are a lot of narration, but most of them are just irrelevant thoughts that do neither move the story nor reflect the personality of the character. The fonts were weak and unappealing, and they would sometimes change after a chapter or two.
All in all, it was okay... but I definitely feel it could have been better.