Review: ‘The Good Neighbors: Kind’
[[[The Good Neighbors: Kind]]]
By Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
Graphix/Scholastic, 120 pages, $18.99
The final chapter in The Good Neighbors trilogy brings to a close the story of Rue Silver, a somewhat typical young adult fantasy heroine. She discovers that she is actually a human/faerie hybrid destined to be heir to the faerie throne. Of course, the faerie in general don’t like the humans and there’s a movement at foot that endangers Rue’s friends and neighbors. She’s trapped between opposing forces that have been moving ever closer to a final conflict.
In book one, [[[Kin]]], we met Rue and her friends and author Holly Black displayed a wonderful way of handling teenagers with disparate personalities. Slowly the real story unfolds and we’re intrigued by all that we learn.
[[[Kith,]]] the second volume, was a terrific middle chapter as things are explained but the real danger is presented and our heroine has tough choices to make and little time to make them. Both books, by the way, earned Eisner nominations so clearly they have been well received.
Now, the final volume brings them all together and does so a little too breathlessly for my taste. First of all, being released a year apart, the second and third parts would have benefitted from recaps, a fault throughout most of the Graphix series.
Black has her hands full as the different relationships need to be settled and the climax approached in a taut way so we’re anxiously awaiting to see what happens to human and faerie alike. Unlike the previous installments, this feels incomplete. She may have well set herself with too many threads to tidy and not enough space to wrap things up in a satisfactory manner. There are swift scene changes that leave you wanting more form the previous scene and by the end of the book you’re thinking there should have been more. It ends and then we’re done without much of an anti-climax for the characters.
Ted Naifeh’s effective black and white artwork is as strong here as in the previous volumes, but there are times his storytelling should have been clearer to help the rushed story. There’s actually a lack of visual emotional impact in this chapter, where characters bid one another farewell and the stakes are high.
It does wrap things up and overall, the trilogy makes for a nice read. There’s little new here, beyond Rue herself as a character, but Black and Naifeh provide an entertaining addition to the growing YA fantasy GN category. Still, I was left wanting something deeper or more powerful – or something that lingered longer once I closed the cover.
ComicMix Radio: Nancy Drew Meets Indiana Jones
That’s how creator James Watson describes his damsel in distress heroine, Paula Peril, who is already making her way from the indy comic series to live action films, as you can see here
We cover the origins of Ms Peril, plus:
- Spider-Man sells out in less than 24 hours
- Virgin heads west
- ABC welcomes Nathan Fillion and more, but when?
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Happy Birthday: Shrinking Violet
Salu Digby was born in the 30th century—though she was born on Earth, her parents are actually from the planet Imsk.
Like all her people, Salu had the power to shrink herself to microscopic size. As a teenager she heard about the Legion of Super-Heroes and decided to seek them out. She applied for membership and was initially rejected but applied again and was accepted, adopting the name Shrinking Violet.
The name is only partially due to her powers—Salu was one of the quieter, shyer members of the Legion. She is a stalwart heroine, however, and has been one of the Legion’s most steadfast members.
Over the years, she grew in confidence, particularly after begin kidnapped and held captive by Imskian freedom fighters. After that incident, Salu became considerably more aggressive and more outgoing. She also became one of the Legion’s most skilled hand-to-hand combatants.
Simone & Ajax: Lemmings Always Know…
In today’s brand-new episode of Simone & Ajax: The Case of the Maltese Duck, by Andrew Pepoy (with colors by Jason Millet), our heroine, Simone, and her dinosaur pal, Ajax, find themselves locked in a cell. Their captor is the beautiful Fu Wahu.
The evil temptress is trying to rejuvenate her father, the dreaded Fu Ohn Yu. Can our heroes save the duck?
Credits: Andrew Pepoy (Artist), Andrew Pepoy (Letterer), Andrew Pepoy (Writer), Jason Millet (Colorist), Mike Gold (Editor-In-Chief)
More: The Adventures of Simone & Ajax: The Case of the Maltese Duck
On This Day: Catwoman
The daughter of Brian and Maria Kyle, young Selina had an unpleasant childhood. Her mother loved cats more than her own children and eventually committed suicide, while Selina’s father was an angry layabout who drank himself to death a short while later.
Selina wound up on the streets of Gotham City, in an orphanage, and then in juvenile hall in rapid succession. At 13, she discovered that the hall administrator was embezzling funds, and almost died when she threatened to expose the woman. Escaping the trap, however, Selina stole enough evidence to incriminate the woman and enough money to keep herself going for a while, and then disappeared.
Mama Fortuna, who ran a gang of young thieves in Alleytown, took Selina in and taught her to steal properly. Selina grew up and became an accomplished thief, but had to lay low after a burglary went wrong. A pimp named Stan offered her a job posing as a dominatrix and conning information out of her “clients.” Selina accepted.
It was while she was at this job that she first saw Batman and, inspired by him, created her own costume to become the renowed masked, cat burglar, Catwoman.
Since then, Selina has vacillated between villainess and heroine, and has had an off-again, on-again relationship with Batman himself.
Simone & Ajax, Featuring Giant Clay Pots and Jungle Jayn!
In today’s brand-new and now brightly colored episode of The Adventures of Simone & Ajax, our heroes must find a way to protect the villagers who think Simone is their hero, Jungle Jayn.
With a skin-tight tunic and the best of intentions, our heroine must face a plethora of invaders!
Joanne Woodward Gets a STAH
Okay, so she never played a heroine or a supervillain, but still, couldn’t you at least imagine that Joanne Woodward could have?
Today in 1960, Woodward received the very first star on the Hollywood walk of fame, toting an Oscar for her performance in The Three Faces of Eve. She currently resides in Westport, Connecticut with this other actor no one’s ever heard of named Paul–what is it? Newman? Neuman? I forget.
Two Girls And A Lot Of Magic….
• It’s finally a Merry Middle Earth Christmas
• Got an idea for a super heroine? Shadowline is listening!
• It’s seven-in-a-row for The X-Men arc "The Messiah Complex"
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