Primordia - colorful but bland

Primordia HC - John R. Fultz, Joel Jason O'Chua, Roel Wielinga


I don’t really know how to rate this. I was, at first, delighted by the artwork, mostly because I like things being pretty and colourful. I was delighted, but not impressed. Does that make sense? There was a child-like quality to the drawing and colouring, but I like that. I don’t need my graphic novels to be overly realistic or artistic.

I wasn’t that impressed with the story, though. The preface promises an original re-invention of myths, but it didn’t strike me as all that special. The author’s examples of his draft version and his admission that he is not much of an artist, struck me as unnecessarily humble. I was wondering how much time he must have spent drawing these first eight pages. I wished I had an ounce of his talent.

So, I’m giving this an undecided three-star rating. It probably deserves more, but it didn’t blow me away as I had hoped it would. The curse of unattainable expectations!