Well, this book is turning into something of a downer. It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong. But this issue leaves all the characters feeling unhappy, and many of them feeling dead.
This is due to a combination of reasons. There are the two girls on Earth who spread the “feeling like I am dead” plague through the minds of those they encounter, Maitresse Erzulie and her crew not being able to find stable sustenance, and by the end another plague is starting to spread.
The further I get into this book, the more I sense that there are some large issues that Nalo Hopkinson intends to address. There is a depth to the storytelling, which makes up for some of the weakness in the way it’s playing out. I am both enjoying the book, and getting a bit frustrated with it. It had such a dynamic start, but the pace has slowed considerably.
Still, I am trusting the storytelling, and enjoying the art. DOMO Stanton is just as comfortable illustrating the down to earth scenes as the wild, supernatural ones. The characters are distinctive and emotive, and the backgrounds strongly realized.
So although this issue did not quite grab me the way that I had hoped it would, I still found it an entertaining read, and am still fully engaged with the book as a whole.