Luminae Volume 1

Luminae Volume Six young warriors are tasked with protecting the mysterious Luminae a holy creature of Light in exile from those forces of Darkness that would decimate humanity When one of the warriors disappears

  • Title: Luminae Volume 1
  • Author: Bengal
  • ISBN: 9780991332465
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Six young warriors are tasked with protecting the mysterious Luminae, a holy creature of Light in exile from those forces of Darkness that would decimate humanity When one of the warriors disappears, the others know it is the sign of a superior evil soon to arrive A stylish dark fantasy by the celebrated artist of Naja and Meka.

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    1. Luminae is the story of some scantily-clad women with magic powered weapons fighting a demon whose army is threatening a human castle.If you think spectacularly shite writer/artist Bengal elaborates on that flimsy premise in this book, think again! He could not have written a less affecting story than Luminae. It’s so broad and bland, it’s staggering something with less substance than an outline/storyboard got published at all. There’s quite a bit of fighting between the women and the demo [...]

    2. I really disliked Naja: Intégrale, but because I'm a glutton for punishment and I believe in second chances (see my upcoming review of The Ghosts of Heaven), I decided to try out Luminae. While Naja was merely illustrated by Bengal, here he does both the words and the art. One of the big pet peeves I had with Naja was the pace of the writing (and also what I considered to be a very racist section, which people who evidently don't believe in racism contested in my review, but whatever), so I tho [...]

    3. I thought the concept of this sounded great- six sisters but one is missing, so the other five are out in search for her. I always love reading about a good relationship among siblings. I liked that the sisters didn't look like each other much but you could see a connecting design in their imagesd that's about all I liked. This was boring. So boring. Terribly boring and so short, like it took my about 5-10 minutes to read, yet I still kept checking the page count to see how close I was till the [...]

    4. I can't really think of any reason to recommend this graphic novel. At no point did I ever really know what was going on. The plot was thin, the action was choppy, and the result was muddled and unclear. I think it was about a supernatural creature called the Luminae who is walking through the woods with her scantily dressed female bodyguards when they are attacked for some unknown reason, and there is a village, and soldiers, and other things, oh hell I don't know and who cares anyway. The dial [...]

    5. 5 stars for the stylishness and fluidity of the drawing, great action sequences (reminded me of Bleach strongly). Contrast to popular opinions I actually quite enjoyed the vagueness of Bengal's writing. He stayed away from unnecessary expositions, letting us draw conclusions and connections about and between events and things. Explanations are offered naturally as plot progresses. He has a band of very strong lead characters and I love their comradeship. That being said, there is no excuse for h [...]

    6. More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress/Having read and appreciated Bengal's collaborations with Morvan, I was curious to see how he handled writing duty on his own stories. In one respect, we have an interesting fantasy story with enough fan service to keep male readers happy. But on the other hand, the story is choppy, the dialogue lacking nuance, and the pace of the story oddly disjointed. Luminae is not a bad graphic novel by any means but it also didn't live up to the [...]

    7. I LOVE Bengal's art. There's something about the way he draws, that's just attractive on a page---- (why does that sound pervy?) I seem to gravitate to reading anything he illustrates, or in this case, he writes, just to look at his art. I do think the tough part about this book was unlike Naja (which he didn't write a narrative for), he had to write a completely story arc and illustrate it. He nailed the illustrations, but the murky convoluted story, he did a terrible job with. [image error]Hal [...]

    8. (I received a free copy of this book, through NetGalley, in exchange for a review).(This review may contain spoilers).So I have to be honest here. If I hadn't read the blurb of this, I probably wouldn't have had a clue about what was going on.The art was actually really good and what I could follow of the storyline was intriguing, but although this was apparently volume one, I felt that I'd been plunged partway into the story without any idea of the background or how the characters knew each oth [...]

    9. 'Luminae Volume 1' features Bengal doing art as well as writing duties this time around. I've liked Bengal's art on 'Naja' and 'Meka.' The art here is good, but the story left me confused.It's a volume 1, but I felt dropped in the middle of a story and trying to catch up. There are some humanoid characters that look like they have dog noses. There is a group of soldiers hunting something. There is also a curious group of women who are out to protect Luminae, whomever she turns out to be. And the [...]

    10. A primitive village are on the lookout for monsters and a straying member of the Luminae, female powered warriors, has appeared in their vicinity. The other Lumina are attacked by demons and there is also a dragon-mage involved who is very powerful. Battles ensue with lasting damage to some of the characters and one of the Luminae dies to be replaced by her successor.The artwork is not clear all the time about who is who nor what is happening. The use of colour/shading made it difficult to admir [...]

    11. The story begins after a major battle has taken place and the six warriors are attempting to recuperate while searching for their lost sister. I will admit, the story was a bit vague in the beginning, but as the plot unfolded it became more apparent as to what was happening. Considering the fact that I am used to reading mysteries, this didn’t bother me in the least. The stunning artwork was more than enough to keep me flipping pages until the plot unfolded. I have read several reviews where o [...]

    12. I liked the art style, but that's pretty much it. There was hardly any story, no character development, no one had any clear motives, the dialogue was clunky, etc. I felt like I had been dropped into the middle of an already existing series and was then left with a cliff hanger. Yet nothing was impactful since I had no idea who the characters were, why they had to protect this saint girl, why their sister had turned evil, and who the lady was at the end of the book. I'm really disappointed as I [...]

    13. I love, love, love the art of Bengal. His use of color is stunning and the sketch-style linework is just wonderful. Even this could not save such a bad story. It's pieces of a broken plot that's only cohesive because we're all familiar with these tired tropes. Not nearly enough of what's going on is explained and when it is, it's stilted, forced.On top of that -- and I realize the characters are cheesecake, and I also admit the costume designs were spectacular -- would it have been so hard to gi [...]

    14. ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review. There was so much potential. Unfortunately, there were a lot of issues as well. First, there were far too many characters. I could not keep any of them straight. The characterization was also clumsy and poorly executed. I had no idea what the villains' motivations were or why they would want to take Luminae, nor were the protagonists' goals clearly explained. The illustrations were alright, but the color scheme was bland and the proportions were of [...]

    15. Wasn't really a fan of this one. The art style was clunk, making it difficult to see certain things sometimes made reading the text quite hard. I felt the colour scheme was quite monotonous and didn't match with the art style or the story.The story was disjointed and it didn't particularly grip me or leave me feeling like I have to pick up the next volume.All in all this graphic novel and I just weren't right for each other.I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in e [...]

    16. It's a story that seemed to start out MID story but not in a good way. It was confusing and just another fantasy story where all problems are solved with magic. While reading it, I just kept thinking JUST BE OVER ALREADY. Magnetic Press, the publisher, is still awesome. Which is why I recommend Zaya.

    17. The art-- not everyone 's cup of tea-- was the best thing about this book. The story was rushed and barely developed, making a very compelling argument against starting stories in media res. I am furious-- FURIOUS-- that the book claims to be a complete epic, but and the last page of the book confirm this is just volume 1 of however many books that I will NOT be reading.

    18. I was like 50/50 on this one, the art was good, it was appealing and eye catching. The story was okay but for some reason I felt something was missing. We have a lot of fighting, action and very creepy looking villain but I was just not feeling it.Rating 3 out of 5 Read@Book

    19. "This is obviously not good" said someone on page 50. Seeing as I'd got that far and had absolutely zero clue as to who was who, what was what and why, I gave up. Still, thanks to the book for providing its own review. Not good.

    20. I didn't really like it, neither the story nor the illustrations.Non mi é piaciuto per niente, né la storia né i disegniANKS TO NETGALLEY AND DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS FOR THE PREVIEW!

    21. Beautiful, but lacking otherwise. Maybe a bit was lost in translation. Seems like more of a vehicle for Bengal's beatiful artwork than anything else.

    22. Nope. Bad. Boring, weird, and the art was kinda wtf-y. Full review will be posted to glowsnoveladdiction on 12/22/14.

    23. Putting your female characters in revealing clothing how original. But to make them all look the same good lords no.

    24. Received ARC from netgalley for honest reviewActually quite enjoyed this graphic novel.Really good story and graphics

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