Kriss TPB (Review) Coming of Age
Written by Ted Naifeh
Illustrated, Colored, and Lettered by Warren Wucinich
Edited by Robin Herrera
Designed by Kate Z. Stone
Published by Oni Press
This intriguing tale for tweens and up readers was slow moving at first, but once all the pieces fall into place it moves along quite nicely. The early pacing of the story was leaning more on character development and placement of various components of the story. First and foremost I was interested in this collection from the get-go because of the art style. It made me instantly think of the Samurai Jack animated series from Cartoon Network. That being said, Kriss would make a great animated movie for any streaming service out there. So I guess you can say I came for the art but stayed for the story.
Kriss is a teenage boy from the northern lands that were conquered by the emperor’s army. Taking captives and treasure with them and the boy ended up in this village raised by an older farming couple. In typical teenage fashion, he doesn’t want to earn his keep since he’s filled up with more than enough teenage angst. Most of his interaction is with his only friend a young girl named Anja the daughter of the town blacksmith. His journey through the discovery of his roots come together little by little during this collection. I will call this Kriss volume one since it just left me wanting more, I do believe this creative team has plenty more in store for Kriss and company.
Ted Naifeh wrote a very interesting story. There was something in this story that just kept me coming back for more. He’s definitely a master of character-driven storytelling. Ted hooked me and kept reeling me in little by little. I look forward to reading (hopefully) the next volume of Kriss. Readers 13-90 will enjoy this book.
Warren Wucinich did everything but write this book. Like I said earlier the style Warren illustrated this book makes me think of the old Samurai Jack cartoons all day. If you didn’t already know I loved everything about that show. He made me start to think that maybe Kriss could exist in that “universe”. I’d love to see a crossover. C’mon! Make this happen!
Kriss is a graphic novel perfect for anyone ten and older just a very well written story and I love the animated style artwork. This has quickly become one of the better GN’s (Graphic Novels) I’ve read this year. Honestly check it out for yourself it’s 122 pages that would make a great Netflix animated feature. Kriss in on shelves now get yours today! Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Please Like, Comment, Share, and as always Keep, it Geek!