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Best-selling writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) and newcomer artist Justin Osterling launch a new fantasy saga! The Glass family has spent thirteen years hiding peacefully in the sleepy forest settlement of Frostbrook where Morgan and Yale planted roots and raised their twins, Griffon and Rana. But secrets never stay hidden, and the entire Glass family find themselves the tar Best-selling writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) and newcomer artist Justin Osterling launch a new fantasy saga! The Glass family has spent thirteen years hiding peacefully in the sleepy forest settlement of Frostbrook where Morgan and Yale planted roots and raised their twins, Griffon and Rana. But secrets never stay hidden, and the entire Glass family find themselves the target of an unearthly attack on Frostbrook. Now on the run from Muse Corp., they must flee to the massive city of Silver’s Bay to hide in plain sight. Rana and Griffon find themselves uprooted and answering for their parents' mistakes. But, they’ll soon find that the past has a way of finding you, no matter where you run.


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Best-selling writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) and newcomer artist Justin Osterling launch a new fantasy saga! The Glass family has spent thirteen years hiding peacefully in the sleepy forest settlement of Frostbrook where Morgan and Yale planted roots and raised their twins, Griffon and Rana. But secrets never stay hidden, and the entire Glass family find themselves the tar Best-selling writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) and newcomer artist Justin Osterling launch a new fantasy saga! The Glass family has spent thirteen years hiding peacefully in the sleepy forest settlement of Frostbrook where Morgan and Yale planted roots and raised their twins, Griffon and Rana. But secrets never stay hidden, and the entire Glass family find themselves the target of an unearthly attack on Frostbrook. Now on the run from Muse Corp., they must flee to the massive city of Silver’s Bay to hide in plain sight. Rana and Griffon find themselves uprooted and answering for their parents' mistakes. But, they’ll soon find that the past has a way of finding you, no matter where you run.

30 review for Dryad, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Holly (Holly Hearts Books)

    I loved most of Rat Queens but this was rough.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    If there is a Saga-sized hole in your life right now, Dryad would very much like to fill it. I mean, it is vibing hard on Saga, with a sexy pair of parents protecting their kids from a world of magic and hi-tech violence. We have allies who are enemies, enemies who should be allies, betrayals, violence, violence, violence, and a cliffhanger ending. And Fiona Staples even provides an alternate cover in the cover gallery.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Thanks to #NetGalley, Kurtis Wiebe and Justin Osterling for this wonderful e-arc. This was truly brilliant. Saga vibes! I cannot wait for the next one! So many questions! I need answers! Dryad by Kurt's Wiebe is a beautifully illustrated and well told graphic novel. Exciting and fast paced, it leaves you wanting more. We follow the Glass family, who have left everything behind them to raise their children in peace and give them the best possible life. Unfortunately, the past has a way of catchin Thanks to #NetGalley, Kurtis Wiebe and Justin Osterling for this wonderful e-arc. This was truly brilliant. Saga vibes! I cannot wait for the next one! So many questions! I need answers! Dryad by Kurt's Wiebe is a beautifully illustrated and well told graphic novel. Exciting and fast paced, it leaves you wanting more. We follow the Glass family, who have left everything behind them to raise their children in peace and give them the best possible life. Unfortunately, the past has a way of catching up to them and they suddenly find themselves thrown back into a world they thought they had left behindfor good. Can they find a way out and keep their family safe in the process? Reminiscent of Saga, we start off with Morgan and Yale as they try to make a new start for themselves for the sake of their twins. The characters are wonderful. Morgan is such a badass who is growing continuously restless with small town living, while Yale is thriving. Their relationship is great and their main motivation is to build a better future for their children. They prioritise family above everything else. The twins, Griff and Rana are very normal kids. Sarcastic and rebellious, but ultimately love their parents and each other. The story is fast paced and intriguing. And let's just take a moment to appreciate the wonderful illustration that went into this book. It's amazing. Beautiful! Overall, I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes sci-fi and fantasy, lovers of Saga, or anyone who appreciates a good graphic novel with a strong story. Excellent start to what I'm sure will be an epic series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shanice

    A big thank you to the author and publisher for providing me with an arc of this copy! I ended up really liking this graphic novel and that CLIFFHANGER I need te second installment asap! Although I did feel a bit lost at the beginning of the story because we didn’t get much worldbuilding and there was a big time gap at one point, near the end I felt I started to get a proper grasp of how this world works. I thought the setting was really interesting, with a blend of medieval fantasy elements in A big thank you to the author and publisher for providing me with an arc of this copy! I ended up really liking this graphic novel and that CLIFFHANGER I need te second installment asap! Although I did feel a bit lost at the beginning of the story because we didn’t get much worldbuilding and there was a big time gap at one point, near the end I felt I started to get a proper grasp of how this world works. I thought the setting was really interesting, with a blend of medieval fantasy elements in a very hardcore scifi world. We have ‘wizards’ (called conductors) elves, orcs, humans and one badass cyborg momma who will *not* let you get away with messing with her kids (she is my favorite). I’m looking forward to learning some more about the world and it’s characters in the next installment!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Simoné Eloff

    ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. To me, the success of a graphic novel lies in whether or not I'll make the effort to read the next volume, and it's a definite yes in this case. This was a quick and dirty read that's clearly headed in a much more complex direction in the upcoming volumes. The world building is evidently only just being established in this first volume, and I'm intrigued by the potential created by the hints at a bigger picture and the cliffhanger ending. ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. To me, the success of a graphic novel lies in whether or not I'll make the effort to read the next volume, and it's a definite yes in this case. This was a quick and dirty read that's clearly headed in a much more complex direction in the upcoming volumes. The world building is evidently only just being established in this first volume, and I'm intrigued by the potential created by the hints at a bigger picture and the cliffhanger ending. The artwork is really good and mostly in line with my tastes for this kind of thing, even if the futuristic vibes generally don't do it for me, although I did find that some of the dialogue felt a bit disjointed at times. Overall, a really decent effort by a new-to-me author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Looking for something to fill the saga-sized gap in your life? Look no further! A badass fighter mama who will stop at nothing to protect her kiddos. A history teacher father who it turns out is the last of a dying breed of conductors. Artwork so stunning you'll forget you're reading a story for a sec because its just so dang pretttyyyyy! Seriously, if you're into family-orientated sci-fi/fanstasy, give this a read. Sign me up for the rest of this series! Massive thank you to netgalley and the publi Looking for something to fill the saga-sized gap in your life? Look no further! A badass fighter mama who will stop at nothing to protect her kiddos. A history teacher father who it turns out is the last of a dying breed of conductors. Artwork so stunning you'll forget you're reading a story for a sec because its just so dang pretttyyyyy! Seriously, if you're into family-orientated sci-fi/fanstasy, give this a read. Sign me up for the rest of this series! Massive thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz

    2.5/5 An interesting mix of high fantasy and cyberpunk. At first glance, it's impressive (a lot is happening, shit goes boom), but it lacks depth. As the story progressed, I found the constant snark tiring and the humor unsubtle. There were some plot inconsistencies and the art, while energetic, didn't entrance me. It's ok, I guess. Nothing groundbreaking but enjoyable enough to read it. ARC through NetGalley 2.5/5 An interesting mix of high fantasy and cyberpunk. At first glance, it's impressive (a lot is happening, shit goes boom), but it lacks depth. As the story progressed, I found the constant snark tiring and the humor unsubtle. There were some plot inconsistencies and the art, while energetic, didn't entrance me. It's ok, I guess. Nothing groundbreaking but enjoyable enough to read it. ARC through NetGalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samah (The Nerdy Blogger)

    actual rating: 4.5 stars Thank you Oni Press, Kurtis Wieber, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review I loved this. I bloody loved it, because a) it was giving a lot of Saga vibes, mixed with Rat Queens energy (these two are my favourite comics of all time!), and b) we need more comics about loving parents who would do anything to protect their children. The story starts with Morgen and Yale on the run, accompanied by their twins, Griffon and Ran actual rating: 4.5 stars Thank you Oni Press, Kurtis Wieber, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review I loved this. I bloody loved it, because a) it was giving a lot of Saga vibes, mixed with Rat Queens energy (these two are my favourite comics of all time!), and b) we need more comics about loving parents who would do anything to protect their children. The story starts with Morgen and Yale on the run, accompanied by their twins, Griffon and Rana, until they find a heaven on earth called Frostbrooks, a small sleepy village hidden from the world, and vowed to protect their children from the past. But the past came knocking on their doorsteps when the twins are about to be thrown into a world they can't understand. The art of this comic is great, so smooth and so pleasing to the eye, and I love how the colours change gradually from the serenity and the peacefulness of Forstbrooks to the city of Silver Bay, which is giving me major Paper Girls flashback. The cliffhanger, man! It's killing me. I can't wait for volume 2 to drop and read it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Actual rating 3.5 I really thought I was getting some sort of fantasy here. And while I'm not exactly wrong, there is so much more going under the surface. This is a solid start to this series, but I really didn't feel like we got enough to go on. I felt like the surprises and twists were just there for novelty rather than a real reason. Maybe that's because we don't know everything yet. But when some of the characters we are following know what's going on, it feels like things are being hidden ju Actual rating 3.5 I really thought I was getting some sort of fantasy here. And while I'm not exactly wrong, there is so much more going under the surface. This is a solid start to this series, but I really didn't feel like we got enough to go on. I felt like the surprises and twists were just there for novelty rather than a real reason. Maybe that's because we don't know everything yet. But when some of the characters we are following know what's going on, it feels like things are being hidden just to increase suspense and not for good writing/storytelling. I am curious to see where the next volume is going to go because it had gorgeous art and ended on a cliffhanger. (One other small side note: at the beginning of the story, the twins are stated to be 2 years old and yet they can't talk or really even babble. This is not good development-wise, and even for being in a different world than our own, stuck out too much to the Mom in me.) Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing the E-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    DNFed after issue 4 It's an interesting idea but it's so poorly executed that I barely had any idea of what was going on in the plot, and while I liked the main couple they weren't developed enough for me to really become invested in them. It's definitely no Rat Queens and at its best just seems like a very pale imitation of Saga. Unfortunately Wiebe doesn't want to actually take the time to set up the story like Saga did so he tries to speed through things that I feel he could have taken several DNFed after issue 4 It's an interesting idea but it's so poorly executed that I barely had any idea of what was going on in the plot, and while I liked the main couple they weren't developed enough for me to really become invested in them. It's definitely no Rat Queens and at its best just seems like a very pale imitation of Saga. Unfortunately Wiebe doesn't want to actually take the time to set up the story like Saga did so he tries to speed through things that I feel he could have taken several volumes to develop and reveal. I really hope Saga comes back soon because I won't be continuing with this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    This started out as high fantasy but turned into…something else. This was filled with surprises: good world building, great illustrations, lots of introduction of characters but still filled with action, mysteries and lots of potential. I’m intrigued and eagerly await the next in the series to see where this goes. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a free copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    iam

    Part fantasy, part cyberpunk, Dryad Vol. 1 is the introduction to a fast-paced series about a family on the run. Content warnings include: graphic violence and gore, child injury, non-explicit sex on-page. On first glance, Dryad seems like fantasy through and through. There's elves and orcs, basic clothing, no electricity, a small village, overgrown ruins of an ancient people and monstrous creatures. But that's not what Dryad is. The cyberpunk element comes as a surprise, and when I first noticed Part fantasy, part cyberpunk, Dryad Vol. 1 is the introduction to a fast-paced series about a family on the run. Content warnings include: graphic violence and gore, child injury, non-explicit sex on-page. On first glance, Dryad seems like fantasy through and through. There's elves and orcs, basic clothing, no electricity, a small village, overgrown ruins of an ancient people and monstrous creatures. But that's not what Dryad is. The cyberpunk element comes as a surprise, and when I first noticed hints that things weren't as they seemed I thought I looked wrong - and I have to admit, I wasn't pleased. I usually dislike it when genres mix like that, especially when it happenes unexpectedly. If I go into a fantasy book, I want fantasy, not SciFi. But here it all slotted together in the end, and I was very intrigued by the direction the plot developed. At the center of the story is the Glass family: Yale, a history enthusiast who is a little goofy; Morgan, a scarred soldier who doesn't quite know what to do with herself in the quiet village but loves her family nevertheless; and teen twins Griffon and Rana, one exuberant and one more reserved, but sharing a deep connection. It's clear from the start that Yale and Morgan were fleeing from something, and hiding a lot, but Dryad Vol.1 doesn't exactly give answers. It sets the scene and introduces a lot of players, and I couldn't always follow who was who and what was what, because despite continued assurances of sitting down to explain soon... that doesn't happen. Not that I fault the characteres for that - they don't really get a break to breathe, either. The art was great, vivid and lively, the fantasy and cyberpunk elements weaved together seamlessly and very aesthetically without shying away from graphic subject matter - without being too gore-y, which suits me perfectly. Overall great start for a series, and I'm curious to see where the plot is headed. I received an ARC and reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    "Yes! It’s time! Dryad #1 has finally dropped, and I personally couldn’t be more excited about that fact! If you’re a fan of Rat Queens, then this is absolutely a series you’re going to want to check out. Why do I say that? Because Kurtis J. Wiebe is the author for both series, and there are so many tones and themes in common. So the odds are very good that if you like one, you’ll enjoy the other. I know I did. Working alongside Wiebe is a new artist, Justin Osterling, but his style is already pr "Yes! It’s time! Dryad #1 has finally dropped, and I personally couldn’t be more excited about that fact! If you’re a fan of Rat Queens, then this is absolutely a series you’re going to want to check out. Why do I say that? Because Kurtis J. Wiebe is the author for both series, and there are so many tones and themes in common. So the odds are very good that if you like one, you’ll enjoy the other. I know I did. Working alongside Wiebe is a new artist, Justin Osterling, but his style is already proving to be one worth keeping an eye on. It’s a tale of love, lore, monster hunting, and so much more. And that’s only the beginning. An elf and a human fall in love – that’s a tale we’ve all heard before. Together they’ve found a safe haven for which to raise their family in. But how long can one family be content to be merely ‘safe’? Between the creative team and the description for this series, I was understandably quite excited about this release date. Now the real question is; was it worth the wait?" Check out the rest of my review over at Quirky Cat's Comics

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Hlavaty (readingwithkelsey)

    I received an eARC copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I really enjoyed this! I think if you like Rat Queens (which the writer is from) or Saga, then you will really, really enjoy your experience reading this book. The art was amazing and right up my alley. The story had a mix of heartwarming elements (two parents leaving their life behind to save their children) mixed in with badass comba I received an eARC copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I really enjoyed this! I think if you like Rat Queens (which the writer is from) or Saga, then you will really, really enjoy your experience reading this book. The art was amazing and right up my alley. The story had a mix of heartwarming elements (two parents leaving their life behind to save their children) mixed in with badass combat. It is extremely fast paced and engaging. I was a tad lost in the beginning, just because the motivations for the two adult characters was not explained, but as the story progressed, I found myself connecting to it more and more. I loved the direction it went into as well, and I cannot wait to see where else Wiebe takes us. Because of spoilers, I won't get into where the story goes, just that I loved both settings where the plot takes place (I hope you get what I mean). Super interested to follow this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Dryad, Vol. 1' by Kurtis Wiebe with art by Justin Osterling is a new graphic novel from the creator of Rat Queens. The Glass family live in a secluded and mysterious forest. Morgan, Yale and their twins Griffon and Rana seem to be at peace, but there are secrets lurking. Like why did Morgan and Yale leave a life behind and why are they suddenly in danger when the twins discover something in a nearby cave and bad guys start pouring in to the once peaceful forest. The story dumps you in the middle 'Dryad, Vol. 1' by Kurtis Wiebe with art by Justin Osterling is a new graphic novel from the creator of Rat Queens. The Glass family live in a secluded and mysterious forest. Morgan, Yale and their twins Griffon and Rana seem to be at peace, but there are secrets lurking. Like why did Morgan and Yale leave a life behind and why are they suddenly in danger when the twins discover something in a nearby cave and bad guys start pouring in to the once peaceful forest. The story dumps you in the middle and lets you figure things out as it goes. I didn't mind that, but it feels like the back half starts to meander a bit much. The art is solid and I did like the story. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Oni Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    A very interesting mix of fantasy and sci-fi. I honestly thought this was going to be a straight up fantasy and the sharp turn into science fiction turned out to be a brilliant element because it gave the whole thing an extra level of awesomeness. It does suffer from an unfortunate tendency to hint at big revelations and secrets and never actually clearing up anything. Mysteries just multiply and get deeper. I get that it’s the first volume and they’re setting things up, but some clarification o A very interesting mix of fantasy and sci-fi. I honestly thought this was going to be a straight up fantasy and the sharp turn into science fiction turned out to be a brilliant element because it gave the whole thing an extra level of awesomeness. It does suffer from an unfortunate tendency to hint at big revelations and secrets and never actually clearing up anything. Mysteries just multiply and get deeper. I get that it’s the first volume and they’re setting things up, but some clarification or background would have been nice. The art is interesting. There are some really cool panels and some slightly wonky panels. Somehow, it all works. This is definitely a series I’ll be following. At least to see if all the secrets and mysteries get resolved.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    3.5☆ Morgan and Yale have been living in Frostbrook for 13 years, with their children Rana and Griffon. But Morgan and Yale have been keeping a secret from their kids, and when Muse Corp comes to find them, their secrets are unearthed. This gave me extreme ptsd from Saga (which I hated), but thankfully, this was much more enjoyable. What I liked: - art style - Yale is so attractive omg - Morgan and Yale: I really liked their characters, Rana and Griffon, not so much - cool concept - I enjoyed the endin 3.5☆ Morgan and Yale have been living in Frostbrook for 13 years, with their children Rana and Griffon. But Morgan and Yale have been keeping a secret from their kids, and when Muse Corp comes to find them, their secrets are unearthed. This gave me extreme ptsd from Saga (which I hated), but thankfully, this was much more enjoyable. What I liked: - art style - Yale is so attractive omg - Morgan and Yale: I really liked their characters, Rana and Griffon, not so much - cool concept - I enjoyed the ending, even though a lot of new information was dumped. Why I gave it a 3.5☆: - slightly confusing, both at the beginning and at the end - the story went by a little to fast for me This ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kennady

    3.8 Umm things were super muddled throughout the story the whole time and it reminded me SO much of Saga (which i love absolute favourite 10/10) and i think because of that i kept going, and will probably keep going as long as they make the books. But the story was that typical 'si-fi mysterious i have deep dark past and now its caught up to me crap" that if it isn't done right it wont go over very well so we'll see...Im interested to see if they can do better... The art work is stunning and id lo 3.8 Umm things were super muddled throughout the story the whole time and it reminded me SO much of Saga (which i love absolute favourite 10/10) and i think because of that i kept going, and will probably keep going as long as they make the books. But the story was that typical 'si-fi mysterious i have deep dark past and now its caught up to me crap" that if it isn't done right it wont go over very well so we'll see...Im interested to see if they can do better... The art work is stunning and id love to frame half the pages i saw, even the naughty bits. Also the couple reminds me of Milo and Kida from Atlantis (again love them so much)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I received this as an eARC to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for giving me access. This one kept me intrigued! And that ending? I cannot wait for Vol. 2 to come out. The only thing I had an issue with was the beginning and the huge time jump. I would like to have learned more as to why they were going into hiding upfront verses being slightly confused throughout. If I ignore the beginning, the story flowed great!

  20. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Kinda liked this. Elf and human running from something. Set up life in a country style town. Cut some years down the track and the kids are..kids. Great build

  21. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I received an e-Arc of this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Dryad is a wonderful sci-fi graphic novel and a great introduction and starting place to a series. It seemed quite slow paced in places but that can be expected for the first volume of a series. Fortunately, where it fell short in pacing it made up for in world building and character development. I look forward to volume 2, and seeing more from this world and these characters

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Olson

    This had a good concept, but I couldn't make it through the first scene. I glanced through the rest of the graphic novel, and I felt like I didn't want to continue. This had a good concept, but I couldn't make it through the first scene. I glanced through the rest of the graphic novel, and I felt like I didn't want to continue.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mikorin

    The cover and the art are gorgeous throughout the book. Where do I even start with this book.. These are not your usual medieval-fantasy elves living in a small town.. despite the fact that this is the exact setting we start with. We see Morgan and Yale trek through the wilderness with two tiny children - where they very candidly stop to change diapers. They arrive to their destination, a quaint village hidden by the woods and some ruins, where they raise their kids for the next ten or so years. The cover and the art are gorgeous throughout the book. Where do I even start with this book.. These are not your usual medieval-fantasy elves living in a small town.. despite the fact that this is the exact setting we start with. We see Morgan and Yale trek through the wilderness with two tiny children - where they very candidly stop to change diapers. They arrive to their destination, a quaint village hidden by the woods and some ruins, where they raise their kids for the next ten or so years. We see them again when the twins, Griffon and Rana are teenagers loitering around town with their friends, pondering the possibility of magic existing in the world. A sudden attack on the town reveals the past Morgan and Yale has been hiding from their kids all their life: there is a much bigger world out there filled with technology they never even heard of. In hopes of escaping the family returns to the parent’s old turf and they try to salvage their life best they can while they try to hide from their past. The setting was interesting, the typical elven medieval fantasy world mixed with sci-fi tech. I liked that the book had characters of different races just as part of natural diversity that occured in this world, without any kind of comment for cookie points. In it’s tone the story felt more on the sci-fi side for me, so I would probably recommend this to fans of sci-fi rather than fans of medieval fantasy. Content warnings some adult, sexy scenes were in the book and some violent fights

  24. 4 out of 5

    Midu Hadi

    I requested this book on Netgalley and I'm so glad that I did! This was a beautifully illustrated book that didn’t get as much support from the story as it should have. The vibrant colors and a sense of history and culture that we come across in the first half or so is reminiscent of the movie, Avatar. However, all that suddenly goes away and we’re told it wasn’t even real. Okay, I got that part too. Whatever came after that was a big blur for me! (view spoiler)[I did understand that one of the p I requested this book on Netgalley and I'm so glad that I did! This was a beautifully illustrated book that didn’t get as much support from the story as it should have. The vibrant colors and a sense of history and culture that we come across in the first half or so is reminiscent of the movie, Avatar. However, all that suddenly goes away and we’re told it wasn’t even real. Okay, I got that part too. Whatever came after that was a big blur for me! (view spoiler)[I did understand that one of the parents had magic and the other was trained in combat. They were running from some kind of guild and keeping their kids safe, hence the lie. But ask me to tell you more about the book and I wouldn’t be able to. The information we get is so scant that I wasn’t able to connect to the main characters. (hide spoiler)] And then we’re hit with a cliffhanger at the end, which didn’t make me want to rush out and grab the sequel. It just made me go meh! Make of that what you will.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ozuna

    •ENGLISH/ESPAÑOL• ~ENGLISH~ This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Let's see ... how to start ...? Actually, I LOVE graphic novels, illustrations and fantasy too much. If you add a little drama to all that, I'm fully on board to embark on a great adventure! Maybe that's why, at the end of this graphic novel, I was very disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the story has so much potential! This one focuses on the Glass family. 13 years ago, Morgan and Yale Gla •ENGLISH/ESPAÑOL• ~ENGLISH~ This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Let's see ... how to start ...? Actually, I LOVE graphic novels, illustrations and fantasy too much. If you add a little drama to all that, I'm fully on board to embark on a great adventure! Maybe that's why, at the end of this graphic novel, I was very disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the story has so much potential! This one focuses on the Glass family. 13 years ago, Morgan and Yale Glass decided to get away from the city and set out on a very long journey with the only goal of finding a safe, hidden and peaceful place to raise their twins: Rana and Griffon. They grew up in a small naturalistic town called “Frostbrook”, but although their life is monotonous and simple, the twins are full of curiosity and want to go on adventures. When one of the aventures leads them to a huge mysterious door inside an ancient temple, they don't know that their life will change forever, because they have allowed dangerous, different and more advanced people to enter their lives. People who come to attack your village... And who know their parents. Now the Glass family must venture out of their little town and return to the city of Silver Bay, a dangerous place full of magical creatures and technology, the place their parents came from. Now they must face reality: the world is bigger than what they believe. And more dangerous too. I was very struck by both the synopsis and the cover of this graphic novel and I expected a lot more from it, but I think I liked it to some extent but it also disappointed and it confused me. The drawing is beautiful! It is divine and charming and I adored each page so much, especially for the colors they used and how fanciful the story looked. There is also the fact that the entire life of the Glass family is full of mysteries and magic and is intriguing at every turn! However, there is a lot of information presented very quickly. Sometimes they mention names or places but they don't explain who (or who) those people are, what is happening and throughout the graphic novel you wonder when you are going to get your answers. Personally, I think I never got them. The story unfolds but there is a lot of information but it is not fully explained. Most of the time I was confused about people or places and how magic or the universe worked. Despite the parts where there are samples of the wonderful world of boys, I kept wondering the hows and why. Terrorists? Naturalists? A lot of technology? Little? Who are the bad guys? Why? What's their objective? And ours? All those questions and more are still in my head and I don't know if the second volume will bring some clarity to the situation. I would love to try reading the second volume to see if in it are more answers, maybe in it the author can explain more everything that happens because, certainly, the story has potential and is very striking! I'd be interested in following it if you can give me some answers in the next volume. ~ESPAÑOL~ Este ARC fue proporcionado por la editorial vía NetGalley a cambio de una reseña honesta. Veamos... ¿cómo empezar...? La verdad, AMO demasiado las novelas gráficas, las ilustraciones y la fantasía. Si agregan a todo eso un poco de drama, estoy completamente abordo para embarcarme en una gran aventura! Quizá por eso, al terminar esta novela gráfica, sentí mucha decepción. No me malinterpreten, la historia tiene muchísimo potencial! Esta se centra en la familia Glass. Hace 13 años, Morgan y Yale Glass decidieron alejarse de la ciudad y emprenden un viaje muy largo con el único objetivo de encontrar un lugar seguro, escondido y pacífico para criar a sus mellizos: Rana y Griffon. Ellos crecieron en un pequeño pueblo naturalista llamado “Frostbrook”, pero aunque su vida es monótona y sencilla, están llenos de curiosidad y desean salir en aventuras. Cuando una de ellas los lleva a una enorme puerta misteriosa dentro de un templo antiguo, no saben que su vida cambiará para siempre, porque han dejado entrar a sus vidas personas peligrosas, diferentes, más avanzadas que ellos. Personas que vienen a atacar su aldea... Y que conocen a sus padres. Ahora la familia Glass debe aventurarse fuera de su pueblito y regresar a la ciudad de Silver Bay, un lugar peligroso y lleno de criaturas mágicas y tecnología, el lugar del que vinieron sus padres, y deben enfrentar la realidad: el mundo es más grande de lo que creen. Y más peligroso también. Me llamó muchísimo la atención tanto la sinopsis como la portada de esta novela gráfica y esperaba muchísimo más de ella, pero creo que, hasta cierto punto, me gustó pero también me decepcionó y confundió. El dibujo es precioso! Es divino y encantador y adoré demasiado cada página, especialmente por los colores que usaron y lo fantasiosa que se veía la historia. También está el hecho de que toda la vida de la familia Glass está llena de misterios y magia y es intrigante a cada paso! Sin embargo, hay mucha información presentada de forma muy rápida. En algunas ocasiones mencionan nombres o lugares pero no explican quién (o quiénes) son esas personas, qué está sucediendo y durante toda la novela gráfica te preguntas cuándo vas a obtener tus respuestas. En lo personal creo que nunca las obtuve. La historia se desarrolla pero hay mucha información pero que no se explica del todo. La mayor parte del tiempo estuve confundida sobre las personas o los lugares y cómo funcionaba la magia o el universo. Pese a las partes donde hay muestras del maravilloso mundo de los chicos, seguía preguntandome los cómos y los por qués. ¿Terroristas? ¿Naturalistas? ¿Mucha tecnologia? ¿Poca? ¿Quiénes son los malos? ¿Por qué? ¿Cuál es su objetivo? ¿Y el nuestro? Todas esas preguntas y más siguen en mi cabeza y no sé si el segundo tomo podrá traer algo de claridad a la situación. Me encantaría probar leer el segundo tomo para saber si nos explican más todo lo que sucede porque, ciertamente, la historia tiene potencial y es muy llamativa! Me interesaría seguirla si pueden darme algunas respuestas en el próximo tomo.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book hooked me right from the beginning! Between the artwork, characters, and plot I quickly fell in love. The family dynamics are great and I love the sibling bond. I can't wait to see how this series develops and what other twists will be in store. I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Full review: https://picturethisliteraturecom.word... This book hooked me right from the beginning! Between the artwork, characters, and plot I quickly fell in love. The family dynamics are great and I love the sibling bond. I can't wait to see how this series develops and what other twists will be in store. I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Full review: https://picturethisliteraturecom.word...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alaaalr

    A fast-paced graphic novel with Saga vibes. I really enjoyed reading this and it just left me wanting more. The setting and the characters are really fascinating and the artwork makes it even more so! I somehow love 90% of the characters and I just want more of Rana and Griffon, their bond is just so wholesome. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SECOND INSTALLMENT PLS GIMME A fast-paced graphic novel with Saga vibes. I really enjoyed reading this and it just left me wanting more. The setting and the characters are really fascinating and the artwork makes it even more so! I somehow love 90% of the characters and I just want more of Rana and Griffon, their bond is just so wholesome. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE SECOND INSTALLMENT PLS GIMME

  28. 4 out of 5

    *Tau*

    2,5* RTC

  29. 4 out of 5

    gustavo

    ENG - PT REVIEW ENG "There's poetry in finding ancient things beneath the ruins of young empires." trigger warning: graphic violence. thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC in exchange of an honest review of the book via NetGalley. 💙 I read this whole story feeling the same warmth in my heart that I felt when I read Saga (Brian K Vaughan). the story is not similar, but this style "family together killing monsters" remembered it 😭 obviously, my favorite part of the comic was this family re ENG - PT REVIEW ENG "There's poetry in finding ancient things beneath the ruins of young empires." trigger warning: graphic violence. thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC in exchange of an honest review of the book via NetGalley. 💙 I read this whole story feeling the same warmth in my heart that I felt when I read Saga (Brian K Vaughan). the story is not similar, but this style "family together killing monsters" remembered it 😭 obviously, my favorite part of the comic was this family relationship that involves trust and secrets at the same time. it is all very human and natural, I was moved by them several times and became attached to the family! at the same time that all relationships were similar, the way each relationship was demonstrated was different in small details of how they spoke and gestures!!!!! I LOVED THEM SO MUCH 😭❤ I liked all the characters too much, but my favorite was Morgan (the mother) BECAUSE SHE IS PERFECT 🗣🗣🗣 a strong, intelligent woman, full of secrets AND A GOOD FIGHTER she did NOTHING and I was like WOW!!! this book is a presentation of the universe, the characters and all the secrets. but even so, SEVERAL things happen during history!! we know several characters and we have MANY questions that go unanswered, leaving us curious for the continuation one of the things I liked most about this universe was the contrast between a fantastic place, with pointed ears and wooden huts and a futuristic world with giant androids, super fast cars and huge buildings !!! the arts are SO PERFECT 😭😭😭 the scenes that showed environments are FULL of details that made me feel inside that universe together with the protagonists !!!!!!! the design of each character is also VERY beautiful (especially Morgan) and I fell in love with each one of this universe !!! I really want to read the sequel and learn more about the universe + characters I recommend this comic to anyone who wants a story with a complex universe and that leaves a lot of openness for a continuation. those who like these familiar plots in between wars and monster hunting and robots will also LOVE. ~~~ PT "There's poetry in finding ancient things beneath the ruins of young empires." aviso de gatilho: violência gráfica. obrigado à editora por disponibilizar um eARC em troca de uma review sincera sobre a obra via NetGalley. 💙 eu li essa história inteira sentindo o mesmo quentinho no coração que senti quando li Saga (Brian K Vaughan). a história não é parecida, mas esse estilo "família unida matando monstros" matou minha saudade 😭 obviamente, a minha parte favorita da HQ foi essa relação familiar que envolve confiança e segredos ao mesmo tempo. é tudo muito humano e natural, eu me emocionei com eles várias vezes e fiquei apegado com a família! ao mesmo tempo que todos os relacionamentos eram parecidos, a forma como cada relação era demonstrada eram diferentes em pequenos detalhes de como falavam e gestos!!!!! EU AMEI DEMAIS ELES 😭❤ eu gostei demais de todos os personagens, mas a minha preferida foi a Morgan (a mãe) POIS ELA É PERFEITA 🗣🗣🗣 uma mulher forte, inteligente, cheia de segredos E QUE SABE LUTAR ela fazia QUALQUER coisinha e eu AUAUAU esse livro é uma apresentação do universo, dos personagens e de todos os segredos. mas, mesmo assim, acontecem VÁRIAS coisas durante a história!! conhecemos várias personagens e temos MUITAS perguntas que ficam sem resposta, deixando curioso para a continuação uma das coisas que eu mais gostei nesse universo foi o contraste entre um local fantasioso, com orelhas pontudas e cabanas de madeira e um mundo futurista com androides gigantes, carros super rápidos e prédios enormes!!!as artes são MUITO PERFEITAS 😭😭😭 as cenas que mostravam ambientes são CHEIAS de detalhes que fizeram eu me sentir dentro daquele universo junto com os protagonistas!!!!!!! o design de cada personagem também é MUITO lindo (especialmente a Morgan) e eu me apaixonei por cada um desse universo!!! quero muito ler a continuação e conhecer mais do universo + personagens recomendo essa HQ para quem quer uma história com um universo complexo e que deixa muita abertura para uma continuação. quem gosta dessas tramas familiares em maio a guerras com monstros e robôs também vai AMAR.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tessa Swehla

    I’m a sucker for good comic book cover art, especially one featuring a large sword slung over a woman’s shoulder. The stunning visuals of 'Dryad', created by Kurtis Wiebe of 'Rat Queens' and Justin Osterling, drew me in immediately when I started reading; the characters and the settings are magnetic in quality, prompting me to turn page after page just so that I could see the next image. This comic book series is like if Brian K. Vaughan’s comic series 'Saga' and M. Night Shyamalan’s 2004 film 'T I’m a sucker for good comic book cover art, especially one featuring a large sword slung over a woman’s shoulder. The stunning visuals of 'Dryad', created by Kurtis Wiebe of 'Rat Queens' and Justin Osterling, drew me in immediately when I started reading; the characters and the settings are magnetic in quality, prompting me to turn page after page just so that I could see the next image. This comic book series is like if Brian K. Vaughan’s comic series 'Saga' and M. Night Shyamalan’s 2004 film 'The Village' had a cyborg child who lived in the Shire. Married couple Morgan and Yale Glass flee the city of Silver Bay for the more rural forest village of Frostbrook, seeking to hide their twins, Griffon and Rana, from their mysterious pasts. When trouble in the form of an otherworldly hit team shows up to Frostbrook to bring the Glass family back to the city by any means necessary, the twins discover that the reality that their parents tried to protect them from is much darker and much stranger than they expected. This first volume of 'Dryad' contains five chapters and blends genres in ways both surprising but also inevitable. The fantasy iconography (characters with pointed ears, rural villages, ruins, ancient history, etc) is re-imagined through a cyberpunk lens. But the real heart of this comic lies within the characters of the Glass family, especially Morgan and Yale. Morgan is such a memorable badass, complete with scars, hoop earrings, and bravado. Yale, on the other hand, reads more like a gentle, bearded Harry Potter—if Harry was buff and really into history. Together, they invert and subvert the gender roles traditionally given to married couples in fantasy narratives: neither is too tough or too vulnerable, but each represents a compelling mixture of both. You believe that these two people love each other and their children very much, even though they are very different people who have clearly gone through their fair share of trauma. If I were to say there was a weakness of the book, it would be that this first volume, like many comic book series freshman entries, is a little too light on development and too heavy on proof of concept for the whole sci-fi/fantasy atmosphere. There are a lot of details to keep track of and not all of them seem equally weighted in terms of importance yet. The twins are a little too difficult to distinguish from one another in terms of personality. Griffon and Rana are still growing into their characters by the end of the volume, but their sense of betrayal and hurt at the discovery that their parents hide a large part of the world and themselves for so long works well to provide a sense of familial conflict without the bitterness or angst so common in these types of stories. The lack of development of the characters and the numerous details, however, are issues inherent to a first installment and can easily be remedied with future chapters, if the reader is invested in this concept and these characters. I can honestly say that I don’t know where 'Dryad' will go in Volume 2; the reimagining has completely overturned any sense I have for what conventions Wiebe and his fellow creators will follow, or if they will follow them at all. I do know that I will be reading Volume 2. 'Dryad' Vol. 1 will be available January 5, 2021. Preorder here.

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