Elements: Fire by Taneka Stotts (Editor), Shing Yin Khor, Kou Chen, Maddi Gonzalez, Sara DuVall, Myisha Haynes, Rashad Doucet, James F. Wright, Aatmaja Pandya, Der-Shing Helmer, Jaide Mandas, Marisa Han, Ash G., Chloe Chan, Nina Matsumoto, Mildred Louis, Melanie Ujimori, Tee Franklin, M. Victoria Robado, Deshan Tennekoon, Isuri Merenchi Hewage, Jemma Salume, Chan Chau, Genue Revuelta, Orunmilla Williams, Christina “Steenz” Stewart, Shivana Sookdeo, Tristan J. Tarwater, Michelle Nguyen, Veronica Agarwal, Jy Yang, Yasmin Liang, and Kiku Hughes
Disclaimer: I was a Kickstarter backer. But like all my reviews, my excitement about a book that I preordered via Kickstarter (instead of preordering at my local comic book shop) doesn’t mean I’m an easier reviewer.
Elements: Fire is a gorgeous book. The stories, both the writing and the art, are top-notch. They are themed around fire and illustrated in black and white with red as a pop color. This art choice nicely coalesced the book as each story has unique tones, topics, and illustrations.
Elements: Fire also notably features all creators of color. Which is awesome. This also means that most all the tales feature characters of color, which is doubly awesome.
Unlike when I’ve reviewed shorter collections, I won’t be rating every single story. I walked away with a smile on my face and feeling the warmth of these stories. Almost all of them ranged from a 4 to a 5 stars out of five. Continue reading “Elements: Fire Graphic Novel Review”