“Annibal tries to uncover the secrets of the two islands and Haytham, so he can save the people that he loves. But he can’t do it alone, will he find a way to defeat Haytham?”
Haytham by Ana Karenina and Alexandra Garcia wastes no time to jump right into the plot and introduces the main characters straight from page one. In fact, it feels as if we are thrown directly into the middle of the story. A lot in the plot has already happened before the story even starts.
Although the comic has a relatively fast pace with lots of action scenes thrown in, the placement of where the story begins threw me off. Yes, we are slowly given more details as the plot progresses, but I feel like this isn’t something we should be slowly figuring out. It should be something that we read and experienced with the characters so that those first big events feel more emotional and connected to the reader.
In view of the fact that we were thrown into the middle of the story, I’d say that reading this comic twice may be beneficial –especially if you read it over a long period of time and not all the facts are remembered from page to page.
Aside from that random introduction, the story is rather enjoyable. It has a very “Naruto” vibe to it that a lot of people may really like, yet it remains original enough that it does not mock or rip off the series.
The writing in Haytham is beautiful. Everything that is written down is important, with little to no filler conversations that take away from the storyline. The conversations also flow very smoothly from panel to panel and from page to page.
The one issue that I have (that gets me every time) is the grammar errors. Please, get someone to proofread your story before you upload it. Preferably someone who knows a bit more than the basics to grammar rules. This isn’t directed just at Haytham, but to every comic I have ever reviewed –and comics I have yet to review. I understand that there may be one or two errors on rare occasions. It happens –but there really shouldn’t be more than that.*
Alexandra Garcia truly has a wonderful style of storytelling and she does a magnificent job telling the audience what they need to know in particular scenes. She also utilizes the scene itself to show what is happening rather than using words all the time. An example of this would be facial expressions.
I would say that Haytham’s strength lies mainly in the art. Looking at page one, you might not gather that the art was the strongest point. That is, until you see how much Ana Karenina has improved over time, plus the use of colour for particular scenes –two things I have a soft spot for.
The coloured scenes are probably my favourite part of the comic. They are absolutely stunning with fantastic colour combos, shading, and detailing.
Haytham’s beautiful artwork is complimented by perfect paneling. Ana Karenina uses the classic panel designs to create crisp scenes that are easily followed and sequence smoothly from one scene to the next.
The last thing that I find truly astounding in Haytham –and the part that will probably make me continue to read this comic just so I can see more of it –are the gorgeous backgrounds. Karenina just loves to throw those scenic shots at you as often as possible, and they are certainly helping this comic in my books.
Overall, I thought Haytham by Ana Karenina and Alexandra Garcia is a great story that holds a lot of secrets. Although I would have liked it to start at a different part, it is still easy to follow and an enjoyable read. The artwork that this comic offers only adds to the story and shows you how much Karenina has grown since page one.
If you are looking for a comic with a long-form plot that will probably play around with your emotions quite a bit, then I would highly recommend Haytham.
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*I am open to the idea of proofreading pages for people. If you are interested, you can message me via Tapastic or email and I’ll give you further details on how that’ll work.