GRAPHIC NOVELS

Prism Stalker

Vol. 1. Image. 2018. 168p. ISBN 9781534308282. pap. $14.99. Rated: Teen+. SF
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[DEBUT]Having been ripped from her planet owing to a plague and enslaved in a new world with no memory of her language or her people, Vep works day in and day out in order to feed an alien race. Alone and separated from her culture, she's haunted by dreams of reuniting with her family and desperate to find a way to bring them all together again. Her drive for a better life sets her apart from the rest of the slaves and has not gone unnoticed. Soon she's being transferred to yet another realm to be trained to colonize its inhabitants, requiring her to attend an academy in which she discovers powers that isolate her even further, and with each skill gained, another part of her true self is lost. Debuter Leong's intergalactic, psychedelic trip can leave readers scratching their heads a bit. The artwork is stunning, and the worldbuilding one of this unique adventure's greatest aspects; however, it's difficult to identify with the main character, whose struggles are real and worthy, but there's no connection to her plight. Collects single issues 1–5.
VERDICT Overall, this story is highly enjoyable visually, but the plot falls flat. One hopes future volumes will reel readers back in and offer more in the way of a big picture.

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