I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the graphic novel Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu. My very first graphic novel, which I requested because I really liked the cover:
The illustrations are generally very good, the characters are defined. The problem? I just don’t care about the characters. The story line is kind of fun. A bit predictable if you are well read, but I felt like this story should have been a more enjoyable read than it was. And I think the reason that it wasn’t is because I was not drawn to the characters.
This lack of connection could have been because it was a graphic novel. Since I am not generally a graphic novel reader, I am used to gaining information via narrative words. While the illustrations provided emotions and context, it is possible that because this manner of conveying information is different from the manner in which I am used to receiving information, I did not enjoy the experience as much. In general, however, this graphic novel felt very simple.
Simple does not have to be bad, but I was hoping for more.
Verdict: Makes a cute book for the coffee table, but if you’re not seeking decorative books, I recommend steering clear of this one.