Review: Rex Libris, Volume I: I, Librarian (Rex Libris #1-5) by James Turner

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Review: Rex Libris, Volume I: I, Librarian (Rex Libris #1-5) by James Turner two-stars
Rex Libris, Volume I: I, Librarian by James Turner
Series: Rex Libris #1-5
Published by SLG Publishing on July 17, 2007
Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
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The astonishing story of the incomparable Rex Libris, Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library, and his unending struggle against the forces of ignorance and darkness.

Rex travels to the farthest reaches of the galaxy in search of overdue books. Wearing his super thick bottle glasses, and armed with an arsenal of high technology weapons, he strikes fear into recalcitrant borrowers, and can take on virtually any foe from zombies to renegade literary characters.

In this first collection of Librarian adventures, Rex must confront the powerful Space Warlord Vaglox and retrieve the overdue Principia Mathematica while an energy manifestation of blood thirsty Vandals attempt to burn down Middleton Library, and all within, to the ground.

When I learned there was a Librarian themed graphic novel, I had to try it. I know I’m not a fan of graphic novels but I felt confident I’d like this one.

Well, I didn’t like this one – but not because it’s a graphic novel. I didn’t like it because it’s a pretty terrible graphic novel. It has no excitement, rather boring illustrations, not a lick of color and tons of very tiny print.

I asked my husband – he’s a graphic novel lover – and he told me he wouldn’t touch it due to the tiny print.

RL - Rex in Space

I think Rex Libris is a great idea with great potential – it just feels like poor execution.

Rex Libris as a character…I feel oddly about. The parts where he is kicking ass and using his stockpile of knowledge are great and very entertaining – but then there’s the rest. I don’t understand why Rex speaks like a character from The Sopranos while having a back story that dates him back to the Great Library in Alexandria.

RL - Circe 1

I adored Circe! Certainly my favorite character in the book. “That would be like arming a nuclear missile with a pea shooter. I’m much more dangerous than that.”

RL Circe 2

The rest of the characters – and the plot lines – were “meh” for me. I did not care for the bird much at all – he was supposed to be funny, I think. Rex Libris was very, very easy to put down but rather hard to pick up. I forced myself to finish because I honestly loved the idea and wanted to see where it went.

All in all, hell on the eyes with dumbass small print, boring illustration, mostly boring plot lines. And I skipped that all of the “Barry’s Brain” sections – I only so much patience for the small script so I saved it all for the comic itself.

Great idea, great potential. Poor execution.

Favorite Quote: “Meddling Bibliomaniac”

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