I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of Moth & Whisper by Ted Anderson and illustrated by Jen Hickman. Not only did the story sound all kinds of exciting, but it had a diverse cast and the idea of a genderqueer main character who took on the antihero-like personalities of two quite different thieves was a temptation that I simply couldn’t pass up. And thank goodness I didn’t, because this book was one of the best I’ve read.
Readers learn pretty quickly upon starting the story who both Moth and Whisper were and are currently. They also learn about Niki, who has been trained practically since infancy to follow in the footsteps of her parents. And with them now missing, Niki is left behind with their training and their technology as their only way of both surviving and finding them. They set out with one goal in mind, to take down the person they believe responsible for the disappearances of their parents.
There was so much to appreciate about this story, from the brilliant artwork to the plot to the wonderfully diverse characters. The tale moved along well, almost making you feel as though you were actually watching it happen in film. This was a first for me as far as graphic novels go, and it was definitely something I found myself appreciating. With a little more added to it, I could certainly see this as a feature length film and I would definitely line right up to watch it.
My only real complaint with this novel is the fact that the end tied up far too quickly and neatly for me. I don’t know if I’d like to have seen more of a struggle or not, but I do feel as though there should have been more. The way everything was tied up, barring one rather important piece, of course, just seemed too easy. And it seemed especially too easy after everything that they’d gone through, not to mention the multiple identities that Niki requires in the system to operate. It’s a minor complaint, but still something.
Overall, Moth & Whisper was one of the best graphic novels I’ve come across and I’m really glad I got the chance to read it.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.