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Humanescent Review

Written by Greg Anderson-Elysee on Wednesday, June 15 2016 and posted in Reviews

Humanescent Review

The Griotvine reviews Not So Super Comics' new release: Humanescent. A brilliant anthology featuring diverse artists collecting comic stories about being human.



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Opening up Humanescent by writer Jacques Nyemb, founder of Not So Super Comics, had me completely taken and transported to worlds and experiences of all types of different people with one thing in common: their humanity. This is a beautiful book filled with human experiences on each page, each story beautifully drawn by a different comic artist. And the differences of styles doesn't feel clunky nor take you out. But each story is drawn so differently yet fits the tone of the writing so beautifully that you can't help but fall in love with them.

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Jacques does a wonderful job giving each story it's own voice and he does an AMAZING job telling full stories with likable and gripping characters in so few pages. There's one story that's even one page long, and another that's two pages, yet you still feel so satisfied and feel as if you have a good grasp of the characters.

One main aspect that stood out to me was how relatable the characters and stories were. Jacques does a great job making us care for them and making them feel like normal every day folks. 13472186 876396539131765 1632902107 nBUT while we see them as "normal," each character has their own struggles due to their backgrounds that only they, or people like them, can fully understand. It draws in a subtle theme of empathy and acceptance. Some backgrounds showcased as explicit, some a lot more subtle that you really have to pay attention and look through with another read. This is a tough balance for a lot of people, for writers and audiences. For example, the problematic saying, "I want a character who just happens to be Black." There are people who don't dictate their life due to their race, yes. But its also unrealistic at the same time because a person's race makes up so much of that particular person, whether they fit the "Black aesthetic" or not. Jacques finds a great way to subtly normalize oppressed and lost people in this book.

13451145 876396525798433 2134323052 nA particular stand out was the short but sweet "Mirror" story, drawn by Meredith Laxton, follows a person walking down the street as we get the character's inner thoughts expression how different people on the street views this individual. We see each person view this character a different way based on their perception and Laxton has a clear, clean way of showcasing this, connecting adult's blindness when it comes to judgement as compared to a child's open-eyed innocence.

Another story that also hits the note and theme of the search of self and finding strength within that search that's prominent throughout the book is Tribal Quest, 13454065 876396532465099 654838786 ndrawn by Skuds McKinley and colors by Justin Wood, a surreal story of unexplained magic that follows two individuals in a strange world as they face a terrifying danger while searching for "the edge of the world." But is the "Edge" representation of their purpose in life, their hidden or forgotten roots, or... You be the judge.

Truthfully, all the stories are solid and each are wonderfully drawn, showcasing great diversity in not only style, but storytelling and writing. I'm more than sure a different one will hit home to different types of readers and I think that's what drives this book to the winning line as it finds ways to find the humanity within these characters while looking at yourself as a reader.

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Get more information of each story HERE and while you're at it, go ahead and pre-order a copy of Humanescent.

Griotvine Approved

 

Art by: David Degrand, Chris Kindred, Meredith Laxton, Skuds Mckinley, Michael Neno, Jojo Seames, Leigh Walls, Justin Wood, and Shannon Wright.

Edited by Beverly Bambury.

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About the Author - Greg Anderson-Elysee


Gregory Anderson-Elysee is a Brooklyn born and based filmmaker (director and editor), playwright, comic book writer, model, and part time actor. He was one of the first writers and interviewers of The Outhouse. He is the writer and creator of the upcoming book Is'nana the Were-Spider. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook.


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