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{Graphic Novel Review} Pariah #3 & #4 by: Aron Warner – Bonus 1st 6 Pages!

 

 

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  • Title: Pariah issue #3
  • Author:  Aron Warner
  • Publisher: Sea Lion Books
  • Publication Date: September 2011
  • ASIN: B005RPR5SI
  • Review Source: Sea Lion Books
  • Find it: Goodreads / Amazon
  • Pre-Order Volume 1: Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

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Overview:

Robert Maudsley knows what makes us tick. He knows what people want, need, hate and love. He can use that knowledge to get us to do whatever he wants, no matter how dangerous, immoral or repugnant that might be. Maudsley has no moral compass. He has no compassion. But he’s very curious about how far he can push people and what he can get away with. Maudsley wants to rule the world… to control us all. Maudsley is 15 years old.

 

 

 

 

My Take on Pariah Issue #3:

Robert Maudsley, a fifteen year old kid, who is anything but ordinary. He’s hungry. And not just for food mind you, but also power. One of the scariest Vitro’s because of his lack of compassion, morals, or any other virtue that might make him human, he has the ability to manipulate/persuade people to do anything he desires. All he needs is a way in. And through his words he will trap his unsuspecting victim, molding them for his own purpose and experiments. He’s dangerous, calculating, and downright crazy. And I LOVE him!

 

When I reviewed Pariah Issues #1 and #2, I found those stories to be more colorful and humorous. But Issue #3 was not the least bit funny. In fact, it’s so dark and disturbing it’s like swallowing a jagged little pill (haha did you catch that Alanis Morissette reference?). While the main characters from the previous installments seemed to be relatively good people who only used their powers when necessary, Maudsley on the other hand is definitely a bad, bad character. Fueled by his curiosity and a nonchalant attitude, Maudsley uses ordinary humans for “experiments” which mainly consists of violence.  He’s wanted by the police, so what. Not even the threat of jail or worse will stop him. That is until his next target turns out to be a Vitro, and his plans seem to be even more disturbing than Maudsley’s. But what is our main character to do when he is offered a job that may be too good to refuse?

 

Overall, Pariah #3 is by far my favorite. I love it when an author can switch up the tone and mood of a story in a series and make us see it in a different light.The graphics are still wonderfully illustrated and infused with lots of browns and yellows to give readers an ominous feeling. And when any story focuses on the simple phrase “I am hungry”, you know it’s going to be good!

 

My Rating

4.5 out of 5 Controllers

 
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Recommendation: 16 and up, mild violence.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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  • Title: Pariah issue #4
  • Author:  Aron Warner
  • Publisher: Sea Lion Books
  • Publication Date: October 2011
  • Review Source: Sea Lion Books
  • Find it: Goodreads
  • Pre-Order Volume 1: Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

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Overview:

Franklin Hyde was born into politics. He’s smooth, he’s suave, and he’s a Vitro which means he can out-think pretty much anyone. Franklin has a plan to unite all the Vitros and keep them safe from those who wish them harm. The problem is, how can he get all the Vitros to go along with him when they’re loathe to trust anyone? He’ll earn the undying hatred of the rest of the Vitros, but has he signed their death warrant, or given them the chance to become what they’re truly destined to be?

 

 

 

 

My Take on Pariah Issue #4:

 
Franklin Hyde, the self proclaimed savior of Vitro’s. Born into a wealthy political family, Franklin was the thing they wanted to forget. His parents, unloving and uncaring, kept him hidden from the world. He was in fact, their dirty little secret. So for Franklin, books were his life, the only way for him to gain any knowledge about the world he would never get to see or live in. But when he sees the news of how Vitro’s are being treated and accused of violence left and right, he decides to act. Now out of hiding, Franklin has taken it upon himself to collect all known Vitro’s and take them to a safe place where no one can harm them. A place to call home. But like everyone else, he also has another agenda.

 

This is the issue where everything we have witnessed in comics #1 through #3 comes together. Yes my darlings, we have seen this man before and now we are given his full story. Issue #4 is filled with a lot of lies and deceit. As I previously stated in my review of Issue #3, the first two Issues were more comical. However, these last two have been darker and full of grim overtones. Again, I love, love, love Franklin. Is he a bad Vitro? Not necessarily. Is he willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants? Absolutely. In the end, even his plans are futile, because nothing is ever how it seems in Pariah.

 

Overall, Pariah Issue #4 will definitely leave you wanting more! Graphically speaking Issue #4 remains on par with the rest. This is just the beginning of what I am sure will be a suburb graphic novel series. The EPIC cliffhanger may make you scream and shout, but trust me it’s worth it. But make sure you check them out in order because this is a story you don’t want to miss!

 

My Rating

4.5 out of 5 Controllers

 
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Recommendation: 16 and up, minimal strong language, no real violence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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