Ryan North – Midas | Review

42201529Midas is a graphic novel written by Ryan North. The illustrations were done by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. The plot of this graphic novel revolves around a small group of space explorers who come to Earth to find the reason it has turned to gold centuries ago. They find the corpse of King Midas and there starts their exploration of how he turned Earth to gold. They fight those who want to abuse the power of King Midas and in the end, there comes to the re-creation of the universe and life in it.

I found the dialogues in this graphic novel were very poorly written. They were quite childish, simple and unrealistic. The graphic novel is meant to be a middle-grade and yet I have stumbled upon so many things that in my opinion are not on a middle-grade reading level. (Possible spoiler in the next sentence.) I sincerely doubt that a child reading this graphic novel would, for example, understand what the subatomic level is and why perhaps it could or could not turn to gold.

Also, I was a bit confused with the decision to nickname Fatima Fatty. Why even give her a nickname if you couldn’t think of something not offensive?

There is one more thing I cannot look over. I really dislike the way they portrayed Greek mythology in this graphic novel. I do not see the need to create new characters with names that don’t even sound like they belong in Greek mythology when there are already incredibly interesting characters in it. Also, I found the fact that the giant spaceship was named Titanic extremely cringy.

The art in the graphic novel was okay, cute, but it was not spectacular. And because of all these things I cannot say I enjoyed this graphic novel. Even if you disregard all the negative things I said about it, I still would not have enjoyed it very much. It wasn’t gripping, I quickly lost my focus and was simply bored.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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