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Odd Is on Our Side (Graphic Novel) Paperback – HTML, October 5, 2010
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Before I start to sound too cynical, I will say that my interest was peaked with Odd is On Our Side because the material was new, whereas the trend has been to adapt and abridge into the comics format (which was the case with both King and Hamilton's comics.Read more ›
Dean Koontz really doesn't seem to have much input into these graphic novels (also see "In Odd We Trust"). It feels as though the writing and story are dumbed down to fit the comic book style, and to appeal to a teen audience, leaving adult fans of the series out in the cold.
Another drawback to both "Odd is On Our Side" and "In Odd We Trust" is that both are prequels. We already know Odd has moved on from these tales, and because we know the fates of certain characters through the Koontz novels, neither of these graphic novels are able to build any suspense. I would also add that the illustrations by Queenie Chan who also worked on the previous novel, simply have no life. The artwork is very generic, and at times laughable (take a look at Elvis in "on Our Side" and try not to giggle).
In "Odd is On Our Side" it's Halloween in the not-too-sleepy little town of Pico Mundo. Odd Thomas along with his girlfriend, Stormy Llewellyn are enjoying the sites around the small California town, when Odd begins to see the "Bodachs" forming around an old farm. Because the "Bodachs" are drawn to places where death and disaster will occur.
So while "Odd is On Our Side" does follow the usual blueprint of previous "Odd Thomas" tales, it's painfully obvious that the author behind those tales did not take part in the telling of this one.
Odd is a twenty-something fry cook in Pico Mundo, California. He has the unique talent of seeing dead people and easing them into the other side. Often the dead appear and ask him to help him right a wrong. Also, Odd sees bodachs. They are mysterious, black ghost-like creatures that usually appear when something bad is about to happen.
When many bodachs appear around a Halloween festival, Odd investigates because he knows something must be wrong. Then he sees a young girl covered in a bed sheet and realizes she's dead, and holds up a sign that says "Save Me."
That's really all the plot you need to know, because it really isn't much more substantial than that. I read the book in about 40 minutes. It is fleeting and really adds nothing to the Odd Thomas canon. In fact, this book seems to be set before any of the books were written. While I'm always glad to read more Odd Thomas adventures, I hope the next will come in novel length form.
Its a graphic novel, and a really quick and exciting read. The story is interesting and ends with a bit of a twist that I wasn't expecting. From what I know, the Odd series has quite a fan following among teens, and it is easy to see why. The story is about young adults and the books are a breeze to read. I think that this series would be a great way to get teens excited about reading. The graphic side of the book is interesting and well drawn. There doesn't seem to be a lot of hidden imagery or symbolism going on here, its just your basic graphic representation of what is going on. Overall a really fun read, if you know what you should be expecting!
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Got me on this one, Graphic Novel, you mean a 10 dollar comic book, got me for all three, never again.Published 2 months ago by Zippy
Koontz is a strange and great author . Will continue reading his booksPublished 5 months ago by George Richmond
Got it for my wife,didnt realize it was the comic book version.I know,thats what grahic means dummy! Thats why i stick to the old school paperbacks!!Published 5 months ago by RIG