#Arale #NetGalley – Tristan Roulot, Denis Rodier (Illustrator)

Publication Date: 20 February 2019
Pages: 66 (This counts the Cover and the Back…)
Reading Format: Pdf download

The year is 1934. Rasputin holds the reins of government. When the Czar is mortally wounded in an ambush, the mad monk turns to his Council of Dark Mages and his former mentor, Baba Yaga. Together, they concoct a plan that involves trench warfare mechas, mind-to-mind transfers, and the long-lost heir to the Romanoff throne: Kyril Noskov, a hero of the war that’s been raging since 1914, to which generations of Russian youth have been sacrificed. Roulot and Rodier’s reimagining of a Russia that never was blends science fact and dark fantasy into a spellbinding fable of the price of power.

I do not see the point of doing an elaborate review of a 66 page comic that did not grab me at all. As an added disclaimer, my knowledge of Russian history is either very inconsistent or it it doesn’t even exist. I think the latter is more relevant. I went into this comic with no knowledge and I came out on the other side even more confused. I do not see where this plan was concocted by B.Y and olde Rasputits, nowhere in the comic where they on the same page with things (no pun intended, they were at one another’s throughts, in most cases Rasputits was bitching about B.Y withholding info from him..).

I did not give a shit for the characters, nothing was made clear, and what would you expect of a 66 graphic novel? As an alternate historic reality, this fell face first onto the pavement, I am sorry, I am not trying to be a dick, but the whole blurp makes me feel that I have been cheated somehow… There was also no mention of what Arale actually is, like, bro, if you are going to name your main source of income on the front of a book, at least give me as a reader some fking insight into what is going on inside your mind.

I gave this a 2 out of 5 on GR (I did say I was trying not to be a dick…) and I do not recommend it, sorry, or maybe I should, so that someone else can maybe help me understand the reasoning behind why someone would charge nearly ten dollars for a 66 page “good premise, poorly executed” comic. My GR review stated this in premium not trying to a dick way; “Low rating due to my own uneducated upbringing. Do not try understand alternative history if you never knew the real history in the first place.”

Thank you NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this for free, but thanks I am good for now…

Hope you all have a great day.



5 thoughts on “#Arale #NetGalley – Tristan Roulot, Denis Rodier (Illustrator)

    1. I am not a person who easily buys comics on a whim. I feel bad for those that get mislead by comic blurps such as this particular one. Then you see others praising it over on GR and you think like, wtf did the read that i didnt?… oh well, on to the next one…

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      1. Yeah, the times when you wonder if you read the same book as other reviewers. It is very disconcerting. It also tends to make me think that other people are idiots πŸ˜€

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