Friday, August 14, 2015

Booknote: October Faction, Volume 1

Steve Niles and Damien Worm, October Faction, Volume 1. San Diego, CA: IDW, 2015. ISBN: 9781631402517.

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: horror (light), Gothic, monster hunting
Format: e-book galley
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the book's description:

"The October Faction details the adventures of retired monster-hunter Frederick Allan and his family... which include a thrill-killer, a witch, and a warlock. Because sometimes crazy is the glue that binds a family together."
Frederick Allan faces the problem that many men who have been a long time in a line of work that is under the radar and sort of shady often faces. He wants to retire in peace and spend some quality time with the family. The thing is his kids want to enter the family business, something that he is not too thrilled about, but in the end he finds himself teaching them the ropes. That retirement is going to have to wait.  

This was a good story, but it is not terribly memorable. The mysteries start right away as someone from the past is stalking Frederick. The stalker gets to his children, and Frederick now has to get involved and come out of retirement. There is a good amount of thrill and action, and some mystery in figuring out who is stalking Frederick and why. However, dysfunctional as the family can be, they do rally together. Though the description suggests that the family may be a bit eccentric, say like the Addams Family, that is not really the case. They are not really crazy; they may be unique given what they do, but crazy is not really accurate as a description for this family. Now, as for the things that go bump in the night, crazy can vary. The volume is a fairly quick read with not much depth. 

The art is nice and dark, which is suitable for the volume and story. At times, they do overdo it on the darkness a bit. As a reader, if you make your art so dark that features lose definition, that is a minus for me. Still, this is a pretty good volume to look through, and I did like that sort of Gothic look and feel the volume has. It is the first volume, which means the start of the series. So I may or not look up the next one. For libraries with graphic novel collections, I would see this as an optional title. 

In the end, I liked it, so I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars. 
This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges: 


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