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They're Not Like Us Volume 1: Black Holes for the Young (Theyre Not Like Us Tp) Paperback – July 21, 2015
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The art is acceptable, but nothing outstanding.
The series didn't leave me with enough interest to continue reading.
Some may enjoy this, but I did not. If you're in to caped or spandex superheroes with fantastic powers, this likely won't be for you either.
Syd is a telepath who is being driven insane by the voices in her head. When she is hospitalized after a suicide attempt, she is visited in the hospital by others with strange talents and given the opportunity to join them and learn more about her abilities. With the promise of learning to control her telepathy, Syd agrees. But the more she learns about the people she is living with, the less sure she wants to be one of them, particularly when she learns that violence is a way of life for the entire group.
Basically, this volume introduces Syd and the other main characters and establishes their world. Along with Syd, the reader learns how this misfit group of powered people lives and functions—or doesn’t—in a society that has largely rejected them; unsurprisingly, they have met that rejection with hostility. At the end of the book, though, Syd chooses a different path, setting the stage for conflict, and more interesting stories, in future volumes.
I wasn’t blown away by what was presented here, but I’m going to have to try the second volume in the series to see whether or not the story picks up now that the basics have been established.
An ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
So, this is basically supposed to be "what if the X-Men were psychopaths" kind of story. And I wasn't really too fond of it. For one, the art was not something I enjoyed in the least. For another, the story was mostly set up, the characters made little sense, and the plot felt forced.
What did I like? Well, our main character was pretty interesting and she carried the story well. She was also the only one with any kind of head on her shoulders and all her reasoning made sense. She saw through the horrible nature of these people and spoke reason. She was a really strong character, and I'm glad she could singly handily keep this story from falling to one star.
Let me start with why I disliked the art. It wasn't bad in any context, and looking at other reviews are saw that many people really did enjoy it. I just couldn't enjoy it. It felt childish and I didn't like how many individual strokes and pieces there were to each character. Also, each character was given about one facial expression, and that changed very little no matter what was happening, and that bothered me.
Then there's the story itself. It was boring and predictable and dark for no reason. Not to sound philosophical, but there can't be anything dark in a story unless there is light in it as well, and there was no light to balance here. No breathing room. And very little action as well. Every action felt forced and I really wasn't invested in any of the characters, most of which were two-dimensional.
Overall, I don't recommend this one.