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Review Time: Mae #1

Mae #1

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Mae is a young woman who ever since she was a child had a strange relationship with her sister Abbie. Abbie was always running away, and when she stopped coming back, Mae was forced to move on with her life. After reconnecting with an old friend, she receives a phone call from the police department that her sister is there, and needs her to come pick her up.

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When she picks up Abbie she is surprised by what she finds. Her sister looks different, and she doesn’t understand why she left, or why she is back.

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Abbie tries to explain herself, but everything sounds outrageous to her sister.

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It wasn’t until a small monster attacked that they realized she might just be telling the truth.

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The Good

  • Everything about this story felt important. Each character was created in a way that made them feel unique and different while still fitting together in this story. I think the fact that the story and art all come from one person, Gene Ha, it has a cohesiveness that some other books lack.
  • I love a good “portal fiction” as the foreword called it. A different world existing completely separate from our own is something that I really enjoy seeing. Having it executed so well is refreshing and compelling.
  • The character dynamics feel so real. An estranged sister is spoken to different than her close friend. It shows the tension really well.
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With her friend, Mae is comfortable and laughing. With her sister she is stiff and concerned.

The Bad

  • I would like to see more of the villains but that is just me being impatient because they look really neat and different. It is a slow build but I appreciate the back story in this instance. Some stories really need that connection established but they do such a good job in the first issue I hope the second has more of those monsters.

The Art

  • The art was nothing short of spectacular. I love the way it gives the characters individuality and the detailed use of expressions. I like that Abbie has different style of clothing to everyone else, as she has been in a different world but that her hair gives a visual connection to her sister.
  • As I mentioned the expressions are really unique to this book. Gene Ha is a very experienced artist and it shows, as the facial details really make all the emotional moments really hit home.

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Mae #1 Mae is a young woman who ever since she was a child had a strange relationship with her sister Abbie. Abbie was always running away, and when she stopped coming back, Mae was forced to move on with her life. After reconnecting with an old friend, she receives a phone call from the police department that her sister is there, and needs her to come pick her up. When she picks up Abbie she is surprised by what she finds. Her sister looks different, and she doesn't understand why she left, or why she is back. Abbie tries to…

The Verdict

10 out of 10

10 out of 10

Read this immediately if you can. It is a beautifully drawn, and expertly crafted story. I cannot wait to read more of this, and really am looking forward to learning more about where Abbie has been and what she had been doing.

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