Book Reviews, Received for Review

ARC Graphic Novel Review: No. 1 with a Bullet by Jacob Semahn

No. 1 with a Bullet by Jacob Semahn and illustrated by Jorge Corona
Genre: Graphic Novel | LGBT | Contemporary
Length: 184 pages
Published on 12th June 2018 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Jacob Semahn: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Jorge Corona: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received from Edelweiss

Her social media, strong. Her variety show segments, a hit. Nash Huang is at the top of her game. But when the iRis Shutter contact lens hits the market, Nash’s life is personally invaded. The latest leap forward in “technological progress,” these contacts not only play video or augment reality… but also record with the blink of an eye. Fighting to keep her life together after a leaked sex tape goes viral, a clingy super fan is the last thing on Nash’s mind… but that’s exactly when the bodies pile up and the terror begins.
Collects issues 1 through 6.

I want to preface this review by saying this 100% wont be for everyone.

No. 1 with a Bullets cover is amazing and it definitely gives a sci-fi vibe, whilst there is one element that is science fiction the rest of the main story is primarily contemporary.

Nash, the main character, has a variety show segment that is very popular and she spends a lot of time on social media. One of her latest shows includes the use of contact lenses that show you reality that feels very weird – the one she airs at the start she experiences herself killing her boss!

But more importantly. She has a girlfriend! She’s bisexual.

*crowds cheer, celebratory banners fall, everyones crying in rejoice*

It actually sates, later on, that she is bisexual. On page. On the freaking page.

Do y’all realise how rare this is?

So I was really happy about this representation but this graphic novel did have some slight negativity towards being bi.

Nash’s life gets turned upside down when a sex tape is leaked of her, that she had no idea was being recorded with those lenses mentioned earlier.

How fucked up is that?

So this graphic novels story is basically how Nash, and her girlfriend, deals with this, cause that is not something I would wish on anyone. Especially given she had no idea about it in the first place.

Her girlfriends reaction is where my issue arises. She’s a lesbian and due to past experiences she doesn’t trusts bisexuals because they’re greedy and can’t keep their hands to themselves. I just felt very let down that in one of the few gay things I got to read this year, it had to have a character not like bisexuals because of this reason. I’m sooooo done with it.

(If you’re new here, hi I’m bi)

HOWEVER, and this is a big however, I forgive this book for doing so because it actually makes sense for the plot. I did nearly stop reading because I rolled my eyes very hard but I pushed past my anger and was very glad I did as I think it actually fit the story well.

I really liked how Nash went through every range of emotion whilst dealing with this, she felt like a very realistic character, and her actions were believable. I felt her pain.But things don’t quite end there for her, theres a scene where she records a video response and that shocked me and I knew I was in deep.

Other things weird things keep happening to Nash too …is she loosing her mind?

I really loved how things concluded and everything came together. It was weird, odd, and I’d happily check something out by these creators again.

I can’t believe I’ve wrote this much and not talked about the art though! I really liked the use of colour and the intesity of the line work. The last two panels I shared were some of them that really stood out too me that used colour well, and were both very intense panels.

Oh, bonus points because Moulin Rouge was mentioned! Take me back to America so I can rewatch and re-serenade Allie with it!

(Side note: Is me sharing a panel that says The End on it spoilery? Kind of. Am I in desperate need for me to share it because of Moulin Rouge… YES)

4 stars / 5 stars
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4 thoughts on “ARC Graphic Novel Review: No. 1 with a Bullet by Jacob Semahn”

  1. I’m pretty new to graphic novels ( I’ve read the ones always popping up in the blog world and such). This one sounds pretty interesting, thanks for opening my reading bubble a bit.

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