Book Reviews, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: Cloudia and Rex by Ulises Farinas

Cloudia and Rex by Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas, and illustrated by Daniel Irizarri
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 80 pages
Published on 28th November 2017 by
Lion Forge Comics

Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Ulises Farinas: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Erick Freitas: Twitter | Goodreads
Review copy received from NetGalley

A lushly rendered supernatural fantasy that follows two girls and their mother who find themselves in the middle of a vast, supernatural exodus. On their journey Cloudia is bestowed the powers of hundreds of different gods, but even those don’t help her come to terms with the death of her father.

Cloudia and Rex was available to download and read on NetGalley so I did on a whim because the cover looked cool. Oh and the synopsis had me interested too.

What I didn’t know what was that it was only 80 pages.

Cloudia and Rex had a lot going for it. But a lot missing.

So I’ll break it down as softly and simply as possible to avoid any major spoilers.

Things I liked
> correctly portrays 2 children of different ages
> each character acts in ways one would consider to be correct
> they’re unique and identifiable even in such a short book
> it was interesting to see them all cope with their loss in a variety
> it worked puberty into the storyline very well too

Things I didn’t liked
> not enough expansion on the gods, so if you don’t know about god already you may be a little confused by their powers or relevance
> it was too short, it really would’ve benefited from even a few extra pages to allow us to get more familiar with each character
> it felt like it ended very abruptly

I would happily read more about these characters and more by these authors, the world, rules, and magical elements were so lovely. I just really needed more.

One last thing, I really enjoyed the art as it complimented the story well with it bright and vibrant colours too.


3 stars / 5 stars

4 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Cloudia and Rex by Ulises Farinas”

  1. Sounds like a decent graphic novel! It sounds like you really enjoyed the charactersation and the good representation of the two different ages and how puberty was woven into it all. A bit of a shame about the gods not getting enough explanation and the abrupt ending though. Seems better for character driven readers than plot based ones.

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