Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Booknote: Mortal Kombat X, Volume 1

Shawn Kittelsen, Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties.  New York: DC Comics, 2015. ISBN: 9781401257088.

Genre: comics and graphic novels
Subgenre: video games
Format: e-book galley
Source: NetGalley

This is one of those video game prequel comics. I have to say this was better than other video game prequels I have read. The author has a compelling and entertaining adventure story, and it also features plenty of fighting action for fans of the video game.

In this tale, there is a fragile peace between the realms. Years have passed, and champions have risen and fallen. Some of Earth's champions have children of their own rising up to be warriors. Thus we get to see old favorites in action along with new fighters. However, the peace is threatened as Raiden the Thunder God has visions of a rising evil threatening to enter Earth. The only hope is to use the Kamidogu daggers, six powerful relics imbued with blood magick. The problem is that the daggers are cursed, and they are spread out in various locations.

The story starts right away, and once it does, you are draw in as it moves from location to location. There is plenty of intrigue and betrayal as power shifts in the other realms. For fans of Mortal Kombat, there are plenty of gruesome fight scenes, including bone crunching close ups of fatalities. The artists do a great job drawing these violent, bloody scenes, which are a trademark of the game. Overall, the art in this one is very good. Fans of the game will probably enjoy this one. For casual readers, there may be a bit of a learning curve if they are not familiar with the game. However, the story gives just enough to figure out who is who and the story basics.

I'd say public libraries with graphic novels collections will want to get it. For readers' advisors, keep in mind that the Mortal Kombat game is bloody violent (that is what makes it popular), and that is present in this comic. Most readers who play the game already know this, but advisors (especially those who may not read too much in graphic novels and comics) need to be aware. This is a title for older teens to adults.

In the end, I did really like this one.

4 out of 5 stars.

This book qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

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