Sparrowhawk #1

Sparrowhawk #1

Teen Victorian fairy fight club! As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemesia has never fit in with her father’s family, nor the high class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm, she has no choice but to try and save the world that has always hated her. Writer Delilah S. Dawson (Hellboy: An...

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Sparrowhawk #1 Reviews

  • Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Sparrowhawk is a new series that Boom! Box picked up. I might have overlooked this one, had I not noticed that one of my favorite authors was involved in the project; Delilah Dawson. Without needing to know any more about the series I knew I was going to have to give it a try.

    Artemesia (I love the name choice) had the life we’d expect any down trodden fairytale princess to have. Well, more or less. Her stepmother doesn’t want anything to do with her (due to her being illegitimate and all), and

    Sparrowhawk is a new series that Boom! Box picked up. I might have overlooked this one, had I not noticed that one of my favorite authors was involved in the project; Delilah Dawson. Without needing to know any more about the series I knew I was going to have to give it a try.

    Artemesia (I love the name choice) had the life we’d expect any down trodden fairytale princess to have. Well, more or less. Her stepmother doesn’t want anything to do with her (due to her being illegitimate and all), and while one sister (stepsister) adored her, the other didn’t seem to like her. When the elder sister dies (the one that didn’t like her) Artemesia had no idea her life was about to change…however.

    It sounds like a banal start to a series, but trust me, things get pretty weird from that point on. Like any fae story, Sparrowhawk did a wonderful job of assuring us that not everything is how it looks. Sometimes the pretty things can be the most dangerous, especially in fae.

    We haven’t seen much of the fae world that Artemesia has been thrown into, but what I’ve seen so far I’ve liked. It looks like they put a lot of effort into balancing the rules of the world, which for a fae story is an incredibly big deal. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • Christa Schönmann Abbühl

    Very promising. Also: gory.

    Thank you Reading Glasses podcast for the recommendation.

    My smartphone is really not a good way to read comics. Maybe one of this days I’ll have to get a tablet. Botheration.

  • Alexa

    an interesting beginning...

  • Mariam

    3.5

    Despite the lack of world-building and the choppy beginning,

    builds up slowly to an explosive climax and conclusion. Artemisia's transformation from an innocent girl to a monster proved to be both a horrifying and thrilling experience and stands out from the rest of the fantasy genre. The colorful artwork creates an

    3.5

    Despite the lack of world-building and the choppy beginning,

    builds up slowly to an explosive climax and conclusion. Artemisia's transformation from an innocent girl to a monster proved to be both a horrifying and thrilling experience and stands out from the rest of the fantasy genre. The colorful artwork creates an

    vibe, which pairs nicely with the dark and chaotic atmosphere of the book. Dawson does an excellent job of portraying the manipulativeness of the faerie world through the use of Crispin, Artemisia's "guide." Majority of authors do not depict faeries as the cunning creatures they are, making Dawson's work all the more impressive. Although

    is structured like a short story due to the extremely fast pace of the plot, it was still a pleasant read.

    And that ending was definitely worth it.

  • Marta Cox

    This collection of comics tells a story about a misfit longing for acceptance and dare I suggest love ? Artemisia doesn't quite fit in as she's a young woman of colour brought home by her naval father and obviously an embarrassment for her stepmother, not to mention a thorn in her side ! Artemisia finds herself pulled through the mirror and replaced in her own world by the fiercely ambitious Unseelie Queen. The place she finds herself in is both beautiful and inhospitable and to survive and find

    This collection of comics tells a story about a misfit longing for acceptance and dare I suggest love ? Artemisia doesn't quite fit in as she's a young woman of colour brought home by her naval father and obviously an embarrassment for her stepmother, not to mention a thorn in her side ! Artemisia finds herself pulled through the mirror and replaced in her own world by the fiercely ambitious Unseelie Queen. The place she finds herself in is both beautiful and inhospitable and to survive and find her way home Artemesia embraces a path of self destruction that was always bound to end in tragedy.

    This dark tale is at odds with its colourful and sharply drawn images which strangely works as a distraction. The artwork on the covers within is absolutely stunning yet the graphics themselves are perhaps more simplistic, even garish.

    Having seen the authors name I knew I had to read this and it doesn't disappoint. Ms Dawson paints a picture of truly cunning and manipulative Fae which is exactly how I imagine they would be. Yes there's beauty and throughout Artemisia reminded me of Dorothy in her quest to return home. Blinded by hate and so susceptible to persuasion this heroine turns her back on love only to fall prey to an evil that is pernicious and downright sneaky ! Fast paced and gory as Artemisia goes through a transformation that leaves her and indeed the reader with the reality that life doesn't always have a happy ending.

    This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  • Tabor

    Initially, I was drawn to this work because the color schemes were so vibrant and eye-catching but I'm happy to report that the story was captivating. Artemisia is the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, who went to the New World and brought her back to his family in Europe. After the death of her sister, Artemisia's stepmother decides that she should be brought out into society to attract a husband and save the family from debt.

    However, Artemisia is drawn into a mirror and finds herself

    Initially, I was drawn to this work because the color schemes were so vibrant and eye-catching but I'm happy to report that the story was captivating. Artemisia is the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, who went to the New World and brought her back to his family in Europe. After the death of her sister, Artemisia's stepmother decides that she should be brought out into society to attract a husband and save the family from debt.

    However, Artemisia is drawn into a mirror and finds herself in a Faerie land. She ends up formerly a questionable alliance with an adorable creature named Crispin, who asks for her fondest memory in return for safe passage and guidance through the kingdom. Artemisia forms unlikely alliances, kills unseelies to gain enough power to go back home and face the Faerie Queen.

    Great artwork, characters, and story even if it's a bit rushed. I am excited to see where the next volumes goes!

  • suzette ☾

    Well, count me in then.

    The artwork is really nice and the storyline is very promising so far!

  • Bethany

    A misfit because she is not only illegitimate but biracial, Artemesia cannot resist the urge to seek greatness when she is drawn through a portal into the world of faerie, no matter the cost.

    begins with an interesting main character whose lot in life has, through no fault of her

    A misfit because she is not only illegitimate but biracial, Artemesia cannot resist the urge to seek greatness when she is drawn through a portal into the world of faerie, no matter the cost.

    begins with an interesting main character whose lot in life has, through no fault of her own, been pretty awful. Being the mixed-race natural daughter of a captain in the British Navy when he already has a wife is certainly an unenviable position, and although Artemesia is clearly a good person and loves her half-sisters, her father's husband sees her as an affront whose only value lies in the work she can do or, unexpectedly, the connections she might forge for the family by her marriage. Nevertheless, when the faerie queen steals her body to begin a conquest of the world, trapping Artemesia in the world of faerie, Artemesia is eager to get home. In order to do so, she makes a binding deal with a dark fey creature who goads her into ever more extreme acts of violence, assuring her that only through the destruction of powerful fey creatures can she become strong enough to return home. Along the way Artemesia meets and often murders several characters who possess hidden depths, becoming nigh unrecognizable in her pursuit of power, which eventually becomes its own end.

    The worldbuilding in this comic could use some work, or else it assumes the readers have a passing knowledge of faerie lore. Anything that might be unfamiliar, Crispin can helpfully explain to the reader while he explains it to Artemesia over the course of their blood-soaked journey. Despite the lack of actual

    about the world, it is easy enough to absorb the basic structure and rules there, and illustrator Matias Basla does a fine job creating scenery which can best be described as a toxic idyll, where the trees are poisonous shades and even the most carefully curated gardens look like they bite. Similarly, as Artemesia's story progresses and her travels change her, Basla's depiction of her alters.

    The story is refreshing in its darkness. Artemesia starts as the typical downtrodden heroine, and she does acquire fighting skills at an unreal pace, but otherwise hers is not the typical heroine's journey. Her wise guide has a lot more to him than first appears, and

    motives are never wholly revealed. The love interest does soften her, but not enough, and in the end she makes other choices. I loved that she made other choices, and that her actions hardened her heart somewhat, although not to the point where she moved beyond feeling the need to justify herself. It was great to watch her becoming less sympathetic as the story progressed, right up until the final showdown, when readers are reminded that there are other baddies in the world, and they're worse.

    The comic leaves off on a cliffhanger, and it's good enough that I would seek out the second volume implied by the number 1 in this one's title to find out what happens next.

    1 star - I was barely able to finish it. I didn't like it.

    2 stars - It was okay. I didn't dislike it.

    3 stars - It was interesting. I liked it.

    4 stars - It was excellent. I really liked it.

    5 stars - It was extraordinary. I really hope the author wrote more things

  • Marti

    I got this book as a granted wish. (I love it when that happens.) The artwork is not my style and it took a while to get used to it, but it is objectively pretty cool. The story was awesome. I am a sucker for dark stories, and this one definitely delivers its share of darkness. It gives the feeling of a darker and creepier Alice in Wonderland for sure. It touches on many important topics like feminism and racism. The ending was so crazy but great! Wow, it left me speechless. The characters are f

    I got this book as a granted wish. (I love it when that happens.) The artwork is not my style and it took a while to get used to it, but it is objectively pretty cool. The story was awesome. I am a sucker for dark stories, and this one definitely delivers its share of darkness. It gives the feeling of a darker and creepier Alice in Wonderland for sure. It touches on many important topics like feminism and racism. The ending was so crazy but great! Wow, it left me speechless. The characters are fun to read and even if the main character was annoying at times, overall I didn’t have a problem with her.

  • Jane

    3.5 stars

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    I love Delilah Dawson's writing, so I jumped at the chance to read and review her latest graphic novel. The story is dark and gritty and full of angst. It's not a light-hearted, warm and fuzzy story, and I'm ok with that.

    The story is set in England in the mid-1800's. Artemesia is a mixed-raced young girl that was brought to England from slave territory by her father. Her step-mother doesn't like her, and Artemesia

    3.5 stars

    You can read all of my book reviews at

    .

    I love Delilah Dawson's writing, so I jumped at the chance to read and review her latest graphic novel. The story is dark and gritty and full of angst. It's not a light-hearted, warm and fuzzy story, and I'm ok with that.

    The story is set in England in the mid-1800's. Artemesia is a mixed-raced young girl that was brought to England from slave territory by her father. Her step-mother doesn't like her, and Artemesia is an outcast. Her only respite is her warm and generous step-sister Caroline. The story opens with the two girls mourning the death of their other sister, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was betrothed to a Duke when she died. The marriage would have helped save the family's estate, which has fallen on hard times. With Elizabeth's death, Artemesia's step-mother plans to marry her off to a rich older man.

    Upset at the prospect of an arranged marriage, Artemesia is in her room peering into a mirror when she is grabbed and pulled into a faerie world by it's cruel queen. The Unseelie Queen takes Artemesia's place in the human world, leaving Artemesia to fend for herself in her land. Artemesia can't trust anyone, and learns that in order to return to her world, she must kill monsters and absorb their power. Doing so turns her into a monster, which will allow her to return to the human world. Artemesia doesn't like killing, but quickly becomes adept at it. She also learns how strong and capable she is, thus boosting her confidence. But, will this new sense of confidence serve her well when she returns to the human world?

    As I previously stated, the story is dark, violent, and has a lot of killing. The graphics aren't my favorite, but they match the tone of the book. The story line touches on issues involving racism, misogyny, and low self-esteem. The book ends on a nice cliffhanger that makes you want to see what happens next.

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