Author Emma Vieceli, Illustrations Claudia Leonardi and Andrea Izzo
This is the spoiler free review of Volumes 1-3 of Life is Strange. If you would like to read the spoiler full review complete with more choices and cliffhangers please visit here.
Life is Strange the graphic novel is a true sequel to Life is Strange the video game. I strongly recommend that you play the video game and the prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm before you read this graphic novel.
I strongly recommend that you play these video games just in general. They’re fantastic. You’ll follow the stories of Max, Chloe, and Rachel as they navigate small town Arcadia Bay in their final years of high school. The twist is that there are time manipulation powers involved and the consequences of the butterfly effect are in full force.
Without the background knowledge gained through the games I doubt this book will have the same emotional impact. You have to know these young women, who they are, how they relate to each other, and what their place within this society is. The book, unfortunately, does not offer that.
It is strongly assumed that you know what Life is Strange is about before you start reading. This graphic novel is not a companion piece or side story, it picks up exactly where the game leaves off.
For fans of the game, this will be great. You’ll enjoy following Max and Chloe and yes even Rachel as they face new challenges and strengthen the bonds of their relationships. The art style stays true to the source material and the heart of it all remains intact.
So far, three full volumes have been published. But the third one ends on a major cliffhanger so I’m going to have to read the rest as they come out. Thankfully, they’re still being produced for the time being. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into yet another unfinished series.
If you’re already a fan of the Life is Strange franchise then I strongly recommend this book. If you’re not, this is not the place to start. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the games first. Play the prequel first even though it didn’t come out first, trust me on this one.
4/5 butterflies 🦋🦋🦋🦋
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