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Welcome Back, Volume 1: Help, I’m Alive

Author: Christopher Sebela27276091

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Publication Date: 1. March 2016

Rating: 3./5. Stars

Diversity: LGBT rep, PoC

TW: murder, violence, gore

Summary: Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight.  But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt…

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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This book starts out really interesting, introducing Mali, a teenage girl, whose life has been turned upside down after her stepfather was discovered to be a serial killer. And recently her hallucinations seem to grow stronger and stronger by the day. When she finds out that she is actually a reincarnated assassin, she needs to learn and remember a lot and that fast, as her past life is quickly catching up with her.

I adored the concept of reincarnated soul-enemies. Sadly there are still a lot of questions open, mainly why this slaughter is going on and who profits from it and in general, the whole thing is a bit hard to understand. I still liked the idea though and especially the ending of this first volume was very nice. I also liked how the reincarnations were incredibly varied, coming from different races, genders, and cultures.

However, one thing that really annoyed me was the sudden art style switch right in the middle of the novel? I did like the first art style a bit more, and while the second definitely was not ugly or anything, I still liked it, I had a really hard time figuring out who the characters were after that abrupt change.

This volume mostly focuses on the waking up part and realizing how messed up that whole killing each other for the rest of eternity thing actually is, so I have to say I still have hope for the second part of the novel to show us some more build up between the characters (which definitely was there in past times, we just weren’t really shown it).

The strongest part of this comic are probably the characters, especially Mali. She is a fascinating MC and her character is just really fascinating. She starts out as an (understandably) angry teen with some problems and is then thrown into the cold water of having to understand her past lives. She is a great character.

All in all, I hope there will be more world building and explanations in the next volume. But for now this was an okay comic and while I liked it, there was just too much confusion all around for it to really grip me.

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