Graphic Novel Review Sleepless, Vol. 1 by by Sarah Vaughn

Image Comics
July 10, 2018
168 Pages

Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king’s reign.

As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court, and of their growing feelings for one another. – Goodreads

I have been eyeing this book since its release and last week I finally got the opportunity to read it.

I was pulled in by the overall story as opposed to the individual characters. When you begin reading you see Poppy mourning and being (slightly) dramatic over her father’s grave. At this scene,  I was a bit skeptical but Poppy redeems herself a little bit as the story progresses. I saw a little bit because although she can stand up for herself, she doesn’t know how to defend herself when it comes down to it. This bothered me a bit because what happens in this book is apparently not the first time it has happened and she has done nothing to improve.

Poppy isn’t an unlikable character. I believe that this volume is an introduction and she will grow. This I am looking forward to it.

There isn’t a whole lot to Cyrenic. I feel that in this volume we are thrown in the middle of things and although there is some backstory, it doesn’t feel placed well. That add some form of insight to Poppy and Cyrenic as individuals but not as a whole.

As for their romance. It was forced. Cyrenic may have been into Poppy truly but it wasn’t until a moment that Poppy looked at him different. There wasn’t a build up to romance. It was just there.

Also things move a bit too fast and normally I wouldn’t have an issue with this but it felt like the author and team though this would be the only set of comics they would get so they just threw everything they can think of into it, so i can feel like a standalone.

I know that I am listing what I didn’t like about this read but I was sucked in. Between the world building, the dramatics of a new King and a assassination plot, I was thoroughly into the book. I love medieval times because it is so dramatic. I honestly believe this is where soap operas get their materials from.

As I have not read the comic individually and only this volume, which is books 1-6, the ending pissed me off because I would have to wait til March to read the second volume or go to the comic book store and buy the comics. *Sigh*

None the less, this is a promising series and even if you decide that you do not want to wait for the next volume, you still should read this book.


4 Pickles


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