Mini-Reivews: Othello vol. 1 & I-Doll vol. 1

88. Othello vol. 1 by Satomi Ikezawa
Publication: Del Rey (October 12, 2004), Paperback, 208pp / ISBN 0345479130
Genre: Graphic Novel, Humor
Rating:
Read: April 8, 2010
Source: BookMooch
Summary from Amazon:

Yaya’s high school friends haven’t been very nice. They call her “Yaya the cry-ya! Yaya the misfi-ya!” But no matter how badly they act, Yaya is just too naïve and trusting to believe the worst of her friends. Hard-rocking, butt-kicking Nana is just the girl to grab hold of Yaya’s timid demeanor and turn it upside down. Nana exposes Yaya’s “friends” as slime bags, doles out punishment, and does it all with style. Can there be anything that terminally shy Yaya and hyper-confident Nana have in common? Well, for one thing, they’re the same person…

Review

I’ve heard good things about this series from other fans of graphic novels, and I can see why. It was really fun! I really enjoyed reading it: the story was quirky, the art was refreshingly simple and even kinda realistic, and it was very entertaining. Unfortunately I got the sense from this volume that the series is probably spectacularly long, which mean I won’t ever see the end of it because I don’t have enough patience to get through a graphic novel series longer than 10 volumes, actually. And I’m also kind of thinking the other volumes are probably formulaic and repetitive. I mean, the chapters in this volume alone are pretty repetitive, so I don’t have much hope for any variety in the other volumes. Nevertheless, I’m interested in seeing where the storyline is going, and I did really enjoy reading this volume, so I’ll probably try reading the next few volumes and hope it’ll turn out for the best.

89. I-Doll vol. 1 by Mi-ae Choi
Publication: TokyoPop (April 1, 2008), Paperback, 184pp / ISBN 1427805865
Genre: Graphic Novel, Action?
Rating:
Read: April 8, 2010
Source: Bought
Summary from Amazon:

When four troublemakers are arrested for a variety of crimes, the judge hands down the ultimate sentence: The quartet must form a band! Ji-Yoo Lee, the top student at school, is arrested for gambling with gangsters. Woong Jung, a gang leader, is busted for allegedly beating up innocent bystanders. And Eugene Kim, the Goddess of Argument, is being held for fighting with another girl over a plush toy. As punishment, they have to unite with a Hyuun-Goo Kang, Woong Jung’s rival gang leader, and form the definitive boy band! Will these menaces to society find out what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? Global manga-ka Mi-Ae Choi spotlights the ultimate menaces to society–who are on a journey to find out what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?

Review

Okay, this was a boring book. It’s focused mainly on setting up the characters and the situation, which is fine, but a) the story moved so slowly that the band aspect of the plot wasn’t even mentioned until the end (and the subplots were so convoluted they didn’t hold my interest, either) and b) I had considerable trouble telling the characters apart because the designs were so similar. So at the conclusion of this volume I’m not really interested in the characters and the plot didn’t even catch my interest until the very end, and that’s not real conducive to me wanting to read any more of the series. While I’m assuming the second volume will move quicker (and actually have something of them being the band) I don’t particularly want to bother tracking it down to read it. Oh well.

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  1. I try to give the first volume of any series of comics a pass, just because I remember how disappointing I found Preludes and Nocturnes when I was first reading Sandman . Of course that was more because it was too horrorish for me, and not because it was boring, so I suppose not really the same situation.

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