Graphic Novel Review

Gates of Midnight: Warrior of the Gate by Debbie Lynn Smith (Issue #1)

The Book:

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Book Title: Gates of Midnight

Book Author: Debbie Lynn Smith

Genre: Paranormal Graphic Novel

Publishing Date: January, 2015

Publisher: Kymera Press

Date Read: July 16th, 2018

Synopsis: Meet Raven Moon, a combat medic recently returned form Afghanistan, who is suffering from PTSD. She’s crashing at her father’s apartment in New York while she works through some issues of her own.

Meet Eddy Moon, Raven’s father. He’s a cop who has a secret; a secret that made him dissolve his marriage and pass up numerous chances at promotion.

Meet Alex Atkins, Eddy’s mysterious partner who is much more than he seems.
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The Review:

Gates of Midnight is fast paced and action packed. It has strong characters, a hard hitting story line, and visuals to impress. If you love thrilling graphic novels, this one is for you.

Boy, has it been a while since I’ve read a graphic novel. Throughout my teen years I went through a manga phase, fascinated by how illustrations and drawings could tell a story with only bits of dialogue. Gates of Midnight happens to be the first graphic novel I have picked in up in over 12 years, and it did not disappoint me. It really captivated me with the art, and the way simple conversations could be so complex and moving.

I loved the main character Raven, and how she was so bad ass, like Buffy, but still had realistic qualities to her. She didn’t always win her fights. She suffered from PTSD from being a combat medic, and she was curious about everything. She was quite a strong, like-able character, and I can’t wait to see what happens to her.

I enjoyed the action and mayhem in this issue. I was thrown in the thick of it and loved the plot involving another dimension, warriors, and gate keepers. The story had danger, murder, humor, and emotion. I’m already hooked and dying for the next issue!

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Thank you to Black Chateau and the publisher for sending me this free copy in exchange for my honest review!

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