One thing I’m a fan of is webcomics or graphic novels. Normally, I find the online ones a lot better than the official ones I see at the library, or the free ones on iBooks. Part of this is probably the wait. I’ve noticed that I tend to get more into story lines if I’m forced to wait. This is the same thing with TV shows. Force me to wait a week and I’ll be thinking about the thing all week.
Dreamless is set before and during WWII. It follows the story of an American girl and Japanese boy who see each other when they fall asleep. The problem is, they’re thousands of miles apart, and worse, their counties are about to go to war.
Note on ratings:
** Below average
*** Average. Not good or bad.
**** Above average
***** Above and beyond
Content: PG-13. I don’t recall any heavy swearing, but there’s drinking, offscreen suicide, and a prostitute. (Nothing is shown, but something did happen with some minor characters. The main character behaves in an honorable fashion.)
Originality and Setting: *****
Normally, I’m not a big fan of the WWII time period, or any historic setting for that matter, but this pulled it off well, and without getting much propaganda.
Characters and their Arcs: ****
The arcs felt a little rushed, with characters changing their minds quickly, though it was probably due to fast pacing.
Writing style and Pacing: ****
As mentioned above, the pacing seems a bit fast, now that I’m rereading it. Back when I was following it and only getting a page a week, it felt like it flowed better.
The illustrator of this comic, Sarah Ellerton, did a wonderful job.
I’m normally not into romance, or WWII, but this story really kept my interest, and the romance felt very well done, much better than what I normally see.