Makeshift Miracle Book 1: The Girl From Nowhere

December 8, 2012 Review 0 ★★

Makeshift Miracle Book 1: The Girl From NowhereMakeshift Miracle Book 1: The Girl from Nowhere by Jim Zub, Shun Hong Chan
Series: Makeshift Miracle #1
Published by Udon Entertainment on June 5, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Pages: 120
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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A young boy named Colby Reynolds searches for meaning in the world around him and discovers a place where dreams can come true — if he's willing to pay the price!

Along the way he'll see sights he's never fathomed and encounter hidden truths about himself he'll wish he never knew.

The hit online comic is now a beautiful, high-quality hardcover graphic novel, perfect for teen readers and manga fans with a durable, library-quality binding available

The plot of Makeshift Miracle isn’t a new one. Teenage boy finds naked girl and brings her home. There’s something about this girl, and she needs protection from the boy. Fairly standard opening for a lot of mangas (DearS and Chobits, for example).

The art in this graphic novel is very reminiscent of so many mangas I recall reading when I was younger, with the added bonus of the gorgeous watercolour. I initially put this on my kobo, but when I realised that it was coloured I had to read it at the computer instead where I could look at the beautiful artwork in colour.

Colby was very easy to identify with, even if I’m the kind of person with the blog and the text messaging. However, Colby suddenly changed his opinion about posting things online and having a blog, which made him come across as an unreliable narrator. Iris’ confusion was endearing, but I wasn’t a fan of so much nudity. I get that the trope is for her to be naked, but I would have appreciated the clothing sooner.

I think this was an interesting start, and it posed a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered in the following volumes. The basic premise isn’t original, unfortunately, which made it seem a bit weaker than it could be, but on the other hand, it started to get a bit stronger plot wise near the end of this volume.

I was a little shocked at the lack of character information right off the bat, since that is something I am accustomed to seeing in manga, and not knowing one of the character’s names until you’re skimming through the sketchbook isn’t a good sign, especially if the character has been around for more than just a couple of pages.

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