Publisher: Lion Forge
Released: July 11th 2017
I received a copy of Cloudia and Rex from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The concept behind Cloudia and Rex is a pretty interesting one, at its core. A mother and her two daughters (Cloudia and Rex, the namesakes of the graphic novel) are heading out on a journey to find a new life for themselves. However, what they find along the way isn’t something any of them could have predicted; gods and a war or celestials (and thus for life itself).
In actuality Cloudia and Rex was a bit of a letdown, and I feel bad saying that. The dialogue was pretty childish (even when considering that two of the characters are children themselves) and felt like it was ninety percent shouting (not exactly a relaxing read). Because of this I never really got attached to any of the characters, so I didn’t really worry about their safety, or feel for their sacrifices.
The plot was pretty rushed as well. I think I would have liked this much more had it been double in length, allowing us time to first get to know the girls, the celestials, and then finally the plot. Instead it all kind of ended up all mashed together. Not only was this off-putting, but it was confusing as well.
I loved the twist about the cell phone, and how the gods thought it was important. I’m not sure if this was thrown in as a joke or not, but it was really a stroke of brilliance. If that had been more of a focal point, I think I would have liked this series a whole lot more.
My complaints about the dialogue and plot aside, the artwork was lovely. I really enjoyed seeing the way the artist decided to represent each god, and the color palettes that went with them. I would love to see more work from this artist, so I sincerely hope they continue doing what they’re doing.