Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Naja by Morvan and Bengal (graphic novel) - Paul's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Diamond Book Distributors and Magnetic Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Naja
Author: Jean-David Morvan 
Illustrator: Bengal
Year Published: 2014

Synopsis: Naja is the perfect killer - because she feels nothing. Literally. Her body registers no pain, nor does her heart, coldly executing jobs given to her by her mysterious boss, known only as "Zero." When another killer in Zero's organization targets Naja for elimination, she has no choice but to fall off the grid and seek answers, as bloody as they might be. Written by international creative powerhouse JD Morvan (Sillage, Zaya) and illustrated by French sensation Bengal (Meka, Luminae), this volume collects the entire five-book Naja series into a single, lavish album!


Review: Naja is an assassin with quite the complicated past that has left her emotionally empty with the ability or disadvantage of not feeling pain. If you like epic assassin battles both between assassins and assassins fighting larger armies, you will enjoy this. This is definitely a mature graphic novel. There is nudity and gore. 

This book also addresses some pretty messed up issues. The relationships, both romantic and familial, are complex and as they unravel towards the end of the novel may become difficult to follow. Abuse is also an issue that is addressed. 

I enjoyed the narrator. It adds an interesting voice. It isn't until the end that you find the true identity of the narrator. 

I give this graphic novel a 3.5/5. I enjoyed it, but some of the reveals were a little too much for me. These characters are some really messed up people. The artwork was done excellently.   


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