Friday, March 13, 2015

Booknote: Meka

Bengal, Meka. Burbank, CA: Magnetic Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-9913324-1-0.

Genre: Graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: Science fiction
Format: e-book
Source: Netgalley

From the book's description:

"In a future where civilization is defended by giant, humanoid vehicles known as “Meka”, two pilots learn to deal with the consequences of their actions and the price of their unquestioning dedication to military duty as their vehicle is incapacitated in the center of a once-thriving city now turned interplanetary war zone!" 

The art on this one is very colorful. However, if you look closely, you notice some attention to small details that reinforce just how gruesome some of the battles can be. For instance, you see small body parts flying out during an explosion.

As for text, it is pretty minimal. The story starts in the middle of the action, a meka battle in the middle of the city. The story focuses on Corporal Onoo and her pilot lieutenant, who is basically your typical pilot jock. Their meka is damaged in combat, and they get stranded. From there, we move into the awkward boy and girl stuck together and discovering they may need each other to survive in hostile territory story. As they move through the city's wreckage, they get to see up close the damage the meka battles do on the general population.

Corporal Onoo has the better character development. She often proves to be a better soldier and human being than her arrogant lieutenant. The action overall is decent, but much of the character development is fairly predictable. You can count on the lieutenant to be an asshole not matter what. It's Onoo who really shines and does what needs to be done.

This was a quick read, but it was not a big deal. I may look up the next volume if I find it just to see how things turn out. I liked it, but I did not really like it.

I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure note: Where I tell you I read this via Netgalley, provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. That way, we keep The Man happy. 

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