After being so pleasantly surprised by volume one of Slam, I was really excited to jump into what I thought was volume two. It turns out that while Slam: The Next Jam is technically volume two in the series, it’s also considered a new series and the numbering resets at one. As if that isn’t confusing enough, we’ve also got a new artist, so while the characters are sort of identifiable, they also look surprisingly different.
While the pacing in the first volume was fast, I didn’t feel as though the actual work was rushed. I can’t say the same for The Next Jam. Everything in this volume, from the artwork to the storyline to the character development (or lack thereof) feels like it was assembled in about five minutes.
I might have finished volume one of this graphic novel feeling impressed, but I just finished volume two feeling disappointed. I think it’s pretty safe to say that I won’t be continuing on with this one.
#mm19: diversify your reading
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