Will O’ the Wisp: An Aurora Grimeon Story

I recently read the comic book Will O’ the Wisp: An Aurora Grimeon Story, by Tom Hammock (author) and Megan Hutchison (artist).

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It’s interesting to read graphic novels on an electronic device, especially pre-releases, because they don’t always work right. I found that in the beginning, the technology was irritating me because it affected my ability to read the story, getting it sized right and being able to see the whole page. Once I figured that out (and maybe it’s all about my techno ability), it worked really well, although it wouldn’t remember the last page I was on. I had to read this through a special reader, so that might have been the issue.

Anyway, the story itself was interesting enough, although there were some confusing moments based on not really developing the characters deeply, even the two main characters, so I lost track of the story. Maybe with graphic novels this short, the best thing is to read all the way through, but I didn’t have that option. Another reviewer complained about the art, which I have to say didn’t really distract me. I wasn’t wowed by it either, but it seemed to lend itself to telling the story. I loved the character of the raccoon, whose name was Missy…it was the best part. The relationship between the grandfather and his granddaughter was a little strange…not because they were both strange (they were, and I’m OK with that), but because it developed really quickly without any real good reason. That bugged me. That said, I did enjoy reading it; it was a quick read and fairly light…not a lot of commitment on my part, so I didn’t have to love it or leave it. I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads…it might be better for teen readers.

The story itself is about a girl whose parents died after eating toxic mushrooms, so she is sent to live with a grandfather she has never met. He lives on a strange island in the South. There is lots of death and weird magical stuff going on, but they figure it out. This is the author’s first graphic novel, although the artist has done at least one other.

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