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Posted August 14, 2011
Posted March 16, 2012
Rain... a "graphic" novella. This just has a single picture with each chapter heading; hardly a graphic novel. The drawings are not good, but they are hysterical, apparently done with colored pencils, and badly. Putting that aside, the story itself is completely ridiculous. There are no governments anymore, but there are resistance fighters fighting against the governments of America and China... which is it, author? Is it complete anarchy or no? The lead character's main power is hyperhidrosis and extruding shin and wrist knives from underneath her rubbery skin.
Alright, the story is ridiculous and the protagonist, but hey, put into simple terms, even Spiderman can be bad, right? A nerd is mutated by a spider bite. That sounds ridiculous, right? Is the story any good? The answer is a resounding NO. It's badly written, changes tenses, avoids the action scenes altogether, and to me, the protagonist is what is termed a "Mary Sue", canon Sue in this case. At one point, when there is an attack on a village she's staying in, a hut is firebombed, and Rain stops a kid from going in a burning house... then kidnaps him, without ever checking to see if his parents are alive. The kid is ok with this evidently, and then she abandons him to some local hippies.
If nothing else, I laughed my ass off, but I don't think laughter is what the author was going for. Sadly, not as funny as the Eye of Argon, so it won't even reach cult classic status. Maybe next time.