Published by First Second on July 10, 2018
All hell breaks loose in the second volume of New York Times–bestselling author Scott Westerfeld's visionary graphic novel duology.
Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Strange manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. Addison got close enough to the Spill Zone to touch it, literally. She survived the encounter, but came back changed.
It turns out she's not alone. North Korea has its own Spill Zone, and a young man named Don Jae is the only one who made it out alive. Alive, but changed. Now Addison, Don Jae, and, curiously, a rag doll named Vespertine, share an unholy bond and uncanny powers.
From Scott Westerfeld, the inspired imagination behind the New York Times bestsellers Uglies and Leviathan, comes The Broken Vow, the second volume of our highly anticipated new graphic novel series.
Find our Spill Zone #1 review here.
It’s Graphic Nut time again. One of the first authors that inspired a summer’s worth of marathon reading was Scott Westerfeld with his UGLIES Trilogy. Ever since I have followed him from world to world, liking some and discarding others. Scott is very hit and miss for me. The promb
In this case I’d call Spill Zone Volume 2 somewhere in the middle. For Scott’s part, the story is incredibly compelling. I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for post apocalyptic worlds and such, even if the trend is dead. The problems I have are twofold.
The characters in Spill Zone are a little on the bland side as Scott’s writing goes. I expect a lot more from him, though I know this is one of at least half a dozen things he is working on all at once. Something has to give now and again. I thought the first installment did much better with the character development than this second one. It just didn’t work for me.
I am so picky about art in comics and graphic novels. If the art looks weird to me it will throw off my entire perception of the story. This one is no different. Since Jennzah reviewed SPILL ZONE you may not know how I felt about the art in these novels. Honestly, I find it kind of creepy. There’s just something in a few of the panels, be it the looks in their eyes or whatever, that just skeeves me out. It doesn’t look right and that’s distracting as hell.
So because of those two things, this graphic novel duology is a bit of a loss for me. Oh well, to each their own. It was a fun ride anyway. Thanks for the cool story, Scott.
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