Saturday Issue Review: Hinterkind Volume 1 – The Waking World

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The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.

HinterKind vol 1Source: Vertigo/Netgalley – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Vertigo
Series: Hinterkind #1-6
Edition: eARC, 145 Pages
Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel
Purchase:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 3/5

In a post-apocalyptic world where humans have been pushed to the edge of extinction by the creatures of fantasy and fables, THE HINTERKIND tells the story of one young woman’s quest to fulfill her destiny and put the world right again.

Fifty-seven years after an unspecified biological event has all but wiped out the human race, a green hand has moved over the face of the Earth. Leaf, root and shoot have steadfastly smothered the works of man, remorselessly grinding the concrete, glass and steel back into the minerals from whence they came. Mother Nature is reclaiming what’s rightfully hers but she’s not the only one… 

The Hinterkind have returned. They come from hiding places in the lost corners of the world: Centaurs, Satyrs, Elves, Dwarves, Ogres, Trolls, Werewolves, Vampires…

They’re also known as ‘the Hidden,’ ‘the Twilight People,’ the ‘walkers-in-shadow’, collective names for the menagerie that mankind has hung its tales of myth and magic upon–but these aren’t fairy tale creatures. They are flesh, blood and passion, and they have a long simmering hatred of humanity. 

They are a divergent species. Exotic evolutionary try-outs that couldn’t compete with the rapacious ape. Hunted to near extinction through fear and ignorance, they fled to the great forests and deserts, losing themselves in the shrinking wilderness of an ever-expanding world.

Now the wilderness is the world and mankind is in the minority.

Hinterkind held such an interesting premise that I knew I had to read it. In a world where humans are almost gone all of those that have hidden are now showing themselves without fear. While I did enjoy it overall, I found myself standing on middle ground with this one. The story was good and I enjoyed seeing how different the world was, but I just didn’t connect with the story the way I’d hoped I would.

I loved seeing all the different Hinterkind show up, and I enjoyed learning about their past and the trouble the humans caused them. I will say that it was a bit hard to follow at times and the filler images that separate the issues had pictures that could be considered spoilers for that section. The characters were pretty decent and it was interesting seeing how everyone was handling the new and strange situations that kept arising, but none were particularly standout individuals and while I did enjoy the story I didn’t really like those involved.

The artwork had it’s moments of beauty and also moments of oddness that sort of threw me off. Though it could be in part because I read this on my laptop, and I do think that most of the watercolor like images would look better in person.

Overall I’m wasn’t overly impressed by Hinterkind, but I did enjoy it enough to want to continue it in the future.

3 star

 

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