Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World by Ian Edginton, illustrated by Francesco Trifogli Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World by Ian Edginton
Illustrator: [translator]
Published by Vertigo on April 8, 2014
Source: Purchased
Genres: Graphic novel, Post-apocalyptic, Fantasy
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
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The human race didn't get a happily ever after.

After 300,000 years at the top of the food chain, it took only seven months for humanity to become an endangered species.
The Blight killed nearly everyone, and changed everything. As skyscrapers sprouted forests and wild animals took over the deserted streets, the planet's new rulers emerged from their age-old hiding places: elves and trolls, faeries and fauns, centaurs and satyrs--all the forgotten races behind countless myths and legends returned to reclaim the world they had lost to mankind.

Now, in a tiny village tucked away in what was once Manhattan's Central Park, two rebellious teenagers are about to discover the true nature of the world beyond their small island home--as well as the unseen menace that threatens both human and Hinterkind alike.

A couple of days ago I was sitting on the recliner in the basement and David must have been watching hockey or baseball or something on tv. Anyway, I was bored and my phone and current read were both upstairs. I was also feeling rather lazy and The Waking World was sitting on the shelf on the end table, so I picked it up, read half that evening and finished it the next day. To be honest, I’m not sure how I got ahold of this originally. I don’t read many graphic novels, but I must have purchased it at some time.

It’s enjoyable enough, but there’s nothing really exciting about it. It’s just okay. The world is interesting, with all the fairy creatures returning, but they’re nothing unique. There’s a semi-military group too, but they’ve run a bit amok and once again don’t strike me as truly unique. The teenage boy could be more than he seems, but his individual story line kind of got over-ridden by the groups’.

There’s only three volumes in the series, so I may read on to see what happens. There were a couple of characters who I found worth following on their adventures. One was the teenage girl Prosper, who may be teamed up with a bounty hunter. The Sidhe royalty also might have an interesting battle brewing amongst themselves.

The art is fine. I guess that’s my main problem with this one – from the blurb I was hoping for great and got fine.

I’m not sure if it’s target audience is adults or teens. It felt like teens to me. I actually told Amber she might enjoy it, that’s it’s not special but it’s a quick read.

About Ian Edginton

Ian Edginton is a British comic book writer, known for his work on such titles as X-Force, Scarlet Traces, H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds and Leviathan.