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For fans of The Graveyard Book and Through the Woods comes a different kind of YA fantasy graphic novel, in which a teen boy's search for his destiny leads him into darkness. Lean, ghostly pale, and permanently grim-faced, Kriss has always been an outsider in his small village. Not even his adoptive parents love him. Only Anja, the blacksmith's daughter, brings kindness and For fans of The Graveyard Book and Through the Woods comes a different kind of YA fantasy graphic novel, in which a teen boy's search for his destiny leads him into darkness. Lean, ghostly pale, and permanently grim-faced, Kriss has always been an outsider in his small village. Not even his adoptive parents love him. Only Anja, the blacksmith's daughter, brings kindness and friendship into the life of the sullen teenager. But Kriss is haunted by dim memories of his true father, Erikk Iron Tooth, the king of Darkovia. When Anja's mother is killed by a wild sabercat from the far north, the young girl's world is shattered, and Kriss determines to avenge her. Armed with only a pitchfork, the skinny teen sets out to kill the beast, only to learn that it's actually a dark spirit from Darkovia, come to bring him his destiny. The spirit grants Kriss the power to vanquish the mightiest foes, and commands him to reclaim his father's kingdom. But his gift of power comes with a price — uncontrollable rage. And leaving the village would mean leaving Anja, the only person who's always been there for him. Kriss must choose between his destiny and Anja, who needs his friendship more than ever. But his growing power, and the fiery anger that comes with it, threatens to make the choice for him, and burn everything he holds dear.


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For fans of The Graveyard Book and Through the Woods comes a different kind of YA fantasy graphic novel, in which a teen boy's search for his destiny leads him into darkness. Lean, ghostly pale, and permanently grim-faced, Kriss has always been an outsider in his small village. Not even his adoptive parents love him. Only Anja, the blacksmith's daughter, brings kindness and For fans of The Graveyard Book and Through the Woods comes a different kind of YA fantasy graphic novel, in which a teen boy's search for his destiny leads him into darkness. Lean, ghostly pale, and permanently grim-faced, Kriss has always been an outsider in his small village. Not even his adoptive parents love him. Only Anja, the blacksmith's daughter, brings kindness and friendship into the life of the sullen teenager. But Kriss is haunted by dim memories of his true father, Erikk Iron Tooth, the king of Darkovia. When Anja's mother is killed by a wild sabercat from the far north, the young girl's world is shattered, and Kriss determines to avenge her. Armed with only a pitchfork, the skinny teen sets out to kill the beast, only to learn that it's actually a dark spirit from Darkovia, come to bring him his destiny. The spirit grants Kriss the power to vanquish the mightiest foes, and commands him to reclaim his father's kingdom. But his gift of power comes with a price — uncontrollable rage. And leaving the village would mean leaving Anja, the only person who's always been there for him. Kriss must choose between his destiny and Anja, who needs his friendship more than ever. But his growing power, and the fiery anger that comes with it, threatens to make the choice for him, and burn everything he holds dear.

30 review for Kriss: The Gift of Wrath

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katiria

    *** I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to NetGalley and Oni Press for the opportunity to read and review Kriss: The Gift of Wrath! *** If you don't know me by now you know that I love any type of fantasy genre. When I was scrolling through NetGalley I saw this graphic novel was YA, Fantasy and a Graphic Novel I just had to check it out. And I am so glad and happy that I got the opportunity to read and review this amazing graphic novel that I *** I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to NetGalley and Oni Press for the opportunity to read and review Kriss: The Gift of Wrath! *** If you don't know me by now you know that I love any type of fantasy genre. When I was scrolling through NetGalley I saw this graphic novel was YA, Fantasy and a Graphic Novel I just had to check it out. And I am so glad and happy that I got the opportunity to read and review this amazing graphic novel that I absolutely and thoroughly loved and enjoyed so much. Now I am only going to gush about how much and what I love and enjoy about this graphic novel. I know some readers didn't love Kriss: The Gift of Wrath and that's ok I just think if you love graphic novels you should try giving this book a try. I don't want to go into any details about it because spoiler but I will say they are some brutal and some gore images in this graphic novel. Kriss: The Gift of Wrath gets more and darker the more you read into this book and I just love dark fantasy graphic novels like that too. The artwork match's perfect for the plotline and aspects of this book and all the characters are amazingly well done and well rounded too. I just couldn't get enough reading about each character yes especially the villains as well in Kriss: The Gift of Wrath. I especially couldn't get enough reading about Kriss who has always felt like an outsider in his small village that he was raised in, but I loved to see and read him grow up in this graphic novel since he was a kid until he was a grown teenager. Kriss has his ups and downs when he was a kid and he was mistreated by his adopted parents but he always had a kind heart especially he was really kind and very loyal to his best friend Anja. When Kriss finds out he has growing power, and the fiery anger that comes with it within him he wants to leave the small village and find out about his true identity and where he truly comes from. But Kriss doesn't want to leave his best friend Anja behind but one day a terrible incident happened for Kriss in the worst way possible that he had to leave the small village that he was raised in for good. Kriss is going to find out the whole truth about what happened to his true family especially his true birth father Erikk Iron Tooth, the king of Darkovia. I know this book is like other fantasy graphic novels but I don't mind reading fantasy graphic novels like Kriss: The Gift of Wrath I quite loved and enjoyed them a lot I just can't get enough of reading fantasy graphic novels like this one. The writing style flowed well and I understood everything in Kriss: The Gift of Wrath. I am most definitely going to continue reading on this series when the next books come out but it is going to be pure torture wait for the next book to come out though. All and all Kriss: The Gift of Wrath was an amazingly fantastic graphic novel for me that I can't wait to continue and read more in this series!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erika Sarutobi

    The story is really interesting until the stuff that happened close to the end. It was too cliche and everything was happening too fast. The thing I liked the most was the Dark king and the 3 warriors but they stopped showing up after they first appeared in the beginning. As for the artstyle, I don't like this artstyle at all but the backgrounds were nice. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with the digital version for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    Another one of those that started good and original but soon felt into the same old fantasy things and totally loss what was making it interesting in the beginning...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book! This book was very interesting. I found that I really liked it even though I wasn't always sure what was going on. The only thing that I would have liked was some more insight into Kriss's background. While the story was intriguing, there wasn't much that was explained. I still have no idea who those guys on the wall were or why they were talking to Kriss. I'm hoping that all of that will be explained in a future volume? I did really Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book! This book was very interesting. I found that I really liked it even though I wasn't always sure what was going on. The only thing that I would have liked was some more insight into Kriss's background. While the story was intriguing, there wasn't much that was explained. I still have no idea who those guys on the wall were or why they were talking to Kriss. I'm hoping that all of that will be explained in a future volume? I did really like the artwork though. I also liked the fact that the times that there were fight scenes they really let the blood fly. It wasn't super gory because of the style but I did appreciate that they weren't afraid of showing some blood. Overall, I feel like this book was pretty good. If you like a book with a dark, brooding viking vibe then this one will be great for you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nana Spark

    Note: This also posted on my blog (linky link) More like 2.5 s. At first, I thought I would really like this one. The art is simple but vivid, the story just pushes you straight into the griddy action, and I found myself in love. Then, I kept reading. This book is about an orphan boy named Kriss, the outsider of a medieval village that no one likes, not even his adopted parents, except the blacksmith’s daughter, Anja. Kriss has known since he came to this village years ago that he is the son of Note: This also posted on my blog (linky link) More like 2.5 ☆s. At first, I thought I would really like this one. The art is simple but vivid, the story just pushes you straight into the griddy action, and I found myself in love. Then, I kept reading. This book is about an orphan boy named Kriss, the outsider of a medieval village that no one likes, not even his adopted parents, except the blacksmith’s daughter, Anja. Kriss has known since he came to this village years ago that he is the son of the king of the long ago conquered kingdom of Darkovia (a real original name for a dark magical kingdom, I know). One day, a dark beast from that kingdom attacks Anja’s mother and Kriss goes after it in revenge, armed only with a pitchfork to slay the beast. As dumb as it sounds this scene was probably my favorite from the whole book. Kriss is such a badass. Kriss soon learns however that this beast has come to present him with a gift: his destiny as the prince of Darkovia, Wrath. Sounds pretty cool, right? Well, this story goes absolutely fucking nowhere. This first volume is just a sprinkle of revenge stories to show off Kriss’ AWESOME POWERS OF WRATH (™). None of the stories have build up or actual pay off to them. Instead as Kriss grows up and becomes stronger, I’m just left with wanting something more in its development. Speaking of development, there’s none of that in this one in regards to the characters and world building. The world is so generic and the characters are as flat as wet cardboard, especially the love interest Anja. AND THAT ENDING. Ugh. Still the first 40 pages were good and the beast was a really cool, mysterious character. I would be interested to read the next volume just to see what happens next (and maybe get some more world building, if it’s not too much to ask). Blog - Instagram - Tumblr - Pintrest

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ted Naifeh

    I just want to get the numbers up a bit. :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    ♥ WishfulMiss ♥

    The graphics were great and the story definitely is intriguing but aside from Kriss I connected to zero other characters in the story. The blurb mentions a great friendship between Kriss and the blacksmith's daughter, Anja but I never really saw it. Sure she was less mean to him than the rest of the town and in the beginning she genuinely seemed to like him but I didn't understand why he took so much abuse all in the name of staying close to this girl. She didn't act like a great friend in the The graphics were great and the story definitely is intriguing but aside from Kriss I connected to zero other characters in the story. The blurb mentions a great friendship between Kriss and the blacksmith's daughter, Anja but I never really saw it. Sure she was less mean to him than the rest of the town and in the beginning she genuinely seemed to like him but I didn't understand why he took so much abuse all in the name of staying close to this girl. She didn't act like a great friend in the rest of the comic and so this whole aspect of the story fell flat for me. The beating he takes and the reason behind it also made me like Anja less. She came off as selfish and completely ungrateful for the sacrifices Kriss makes. The friendship definitely seemed one sided. I hope the next installment focuses more on Kriss and his powers and has him actually leaving this crappy town (and Anja) far behind. Darkovia sounds so much more interesting than anything that could possibly tie Kriss down in this town. The story definitely has potential and is entertaining. * * * ARC provided for an honest review * * * I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[ Ages: MCs ages are in their early to mid teens - 14-16 Triggers: descriptive violence, mild sexual content (Anja finds herself pregnant - she's 14-15, and there is one other scene that shows a former suitor of Anja's caught in bed with two other women) (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Van Damme

    Kriss is an outcast in the little village where he lives. He's just a skinny teenager, dreaming about who he believes is his biological father and a few other superhero/godlike creatures. An enormous beast is wreaking havoc in the village and kills the mother of Anja, Kriss's only friend and he goes out on a hunt for the beast, nearly getting himself killed but in surviving, he's no longer quite who he used to be. This story can be taken at face-value, which is the general idea I think, but I Kriss is an outcast in the little village where he lives. He's just a skinny teenager, dreaming about who he believes is his biological father and a few other superhero/godlike creatures. An enormous beast is wreaking havoc in the village and kills the mother of Anja, Kriss's only friend and he goes out on a hunt for the beast, nearly getting himself killed but in surviving, he's no longer quite who he used to be. This story can be taken at face-value, which is the general idea I think, but I did wonder whether Kriss might be having mental problems, like a psychosis. An interesting story that kept my attention throughout. I was eager to find out what lay in store for Kriss. Nice graphics, although at times a little too rudimentary for my tastes (I like the people to have actual fingers, not mittens). The beast though, is amazing. Nice lettering, perfectly legible and a bit wilder and bolder for the narrator / the voice that speaks to Kriss in his mind. Excellent colouring, rather dark and subdued, but it matches the story perfectly and really conveys the cold (literally and figuratively) and wintery village, and the generally subdued colouring makes the bright colours, the reds and purples (blood, the carnival, ...), pop when they're used.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Kriss: The Gift of Wrath' by Ted Naifeh with art by Warren Wucinich is a story about a young man who doesn't fit in and the help he finds when he needs it. Kriss doesn't look like the people in his village. He was found when he was a baby, and his pale skin makes him stand out. He also lives with an abusive father figure. The only person who gets him is Anja, the blacksmith's daughter. Together, they discover the mythic figures of Kriss' country. Kriss hears them talk to him, and they help fill 'Kriss: The Gift of Wrath' by Ted Naifeh with art by Warren Wucinich is a story about a young man who doesn't fit in and the help he finds when he needs it. Kriss doesn't look like the people in his village. He was found when he was a baby, and his pale skin makes him stand out. He also lives with an abusive father figure. The only person who gets him is Anja, the blacksmith's daughter. Together, they discover the mythic figures of Kriss' country. Kriss hears them talk to him, and they help fill him with rage when he needs strength, but that rage has a downside. I'm a fan of Ted Naifeh's particularly moody stories, and this one was just as good. Warren Wucinich's art is great. I like his goth take on Kriss as well as the design of the ancestors. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Oni Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Waldman

    I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Yet, another graphic novel that I stumbled across to read and this was also very enjoyable. The premise of it was pretty cool, set in an era very reminiscent of the Vikings it focuses on a young, adopted boy who is an outsider in his small village and believes himself to be the son of a King in the wild North that the land has been at war with. It was an interesting concept and I found that, all in all, I liked the I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Yet, another graphic novel that I stumbled across to read and this was also very enjoyable. The premise of it was pretty cool, set in an era very reminiscent of the Vikings it focuses on a young, adopted boy who is an outsider in his small village and believes himself to be the son of a King in the wild North that the land has been at war with. It was an interesting concept and I found that, all in all, I liked the execution. First of all, the art is AMAZING. I loved the style so much, and I was seriously impressed every time I turned the page. I also liked the story a lot, and found that the art style really brought out a love and curiosity about the characters! I'm particularly intrigued by the four wild Northern warriors that appear in Kriss's dreams! Each of them had super cool designs and I look forward to reading more of this series to find out the role that they play in the future. As much as the art and characters were cool, I'm wanting a little bit more from the plot in the future if I continue with this series. A lot of this focused on Kriss growing up - it had moments of humour, emotion and glimmers of potential but right now the story was a little on the mundane side of things. It just felt as if Kriss would continually meet an interesting character or potentially head towards an intriguing storyline (e.g. the travelling troupe) and then lose his temper and mess it up, leading him back to square one. I'd like to read more, and I hope that the exposition is over with and we get to see more of the main storyline/some interesting side arcs.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meegy

    I enjoyed this book, it was dark and brutal, but it also did get quite confusing. The image style really matched the comic.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lucsbooks

    I'm sorry, are you trying to break my heart with a synopsis? Because you did it. This book just seemed interesting even before opening in and I when I eventually started it, it certainly didn't disappoint. I liked the story well enough but what made me just scream and gave my heart palpitations were the characters and the art. Let's start with the art: IT'S AMAZING!! That's it for the art. Not really, I really can not stop talking about the art. I loved the way that the Drakovians were drawn so much I'm sorry, are you trying to break my heart with a synopsis? Because you did it. This book just seemed interesting even before opening in and I when I eventually started it, it certainly didn't disappoint. I liked the story well enough but what made me just scream and gave my heart palpitations were the characters and the art. Let's start with the art: IT'S AMAZING!! That's it for the art. Not really, I really can not stop talking about the art. I loved the way that the Drakovians were drawn so much that I cannot decide which one of them I love the most, I loved all the shadows and the color scheme and I want more! As for the characters, I loved that no matter how small and unimportant they were they still possessed their own fire, their own path and they all influenced the story in big or small ways. I particularly enjoyed what the authors did to Anja. She is NOT a kind little girl who is waiting for Kriss to make his move and that's all I'm gonna say. The back and forth between Kriss and Anja got a bit tiring after a while but I liked how it reflected Kriss's unwillingness to seize his birthright at the expanse of his friendship. This is the perfect book for when you are looking for something with all the weight of a fantasy novel, except quicker and with amazing illustrations. I'm am so looking forward to the next volume in Kriss's journey. Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for this ARC.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fanni

    Highly enjoyable and at times very dark art style. The story of a boy who doesn't belong. Ten years ago soldiers marched through the little village of Varne, leaving behind a little boy called Kriss. He is the son of Darkovia's fallen king, raised by strangers, his only friend a girl called Anja. When Kriss kills the polar sabercat that's preying on the villagers, the beast spirit tells him that he is to return to Darkovia and take his rightful place. After the spirit grants him the gift of Highly enjoyable and at times very dark art style. The story of a boy who doesn't belong. Ten years ago soldiers marched through the little village of Varne, leaving behind a little boy called Kriss. He is the son of Darkovia's fallen king, raised by strangers, his only friend a girl called Anja. When Kriss kills the polar sabercat that's preying on the villagers, the beast spirit tells him that he is to return to Darkovia and take his rightful place. After the spirit grants him the gift of wrath, Kriss finds himself torn between his destiny and staying at Varne, with the only person who cares for him.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

    With striking artwork we are propelled into a world of feudal lords, quests and heros, but before the quest begins we are introduced to Kriss. Kriss is a mysterious young man. He is adopted by a farmer and his wife but his origins are lost in a murky past. Kriss is also the outcast of the village but within him lies a power and a past. Kriss knows he is different and he knows he should leave his small village and travel north to find out who he really is but he is tied to the village because it With striking artwork we are propelled into a world of feudal lords, quests and heros, but before the quest begins we are introduced to Kriss. Kriss is a mysterious young man. He is adopted by a farmer and his wife but his origins are lost in a murky past. Kriss is also the outcast of the village but within him lies a power and a past. Kriss knows he is different and he knows he should leave his small village and travel north to find out who he really is but he is tied to the village because it is all he has ever known, but there are shadows and powers and images that speak to him and haunt his dreams and these shadows call and push him to find his destiny. This first volume is a brilliant start to what i hope will be an excellent YA series. The artwork was quite fitting for this story with jagged lines and shadows. Kriss very much comes across and a loner and outsider but yet there is power and a mysterious greatness within him. This first volume opens the reader up and prepares them for an exciting sequel. I hope we wont have to wait to long to see where this story takes us. An excellent start and now we need more. Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Premise of this graphic novel sounded very interesting, it didn't disappoint and kept my attention throughout. Really liked how the main characters learned to rely on each other throughout the story even when they were trying to push each other away without a lot of typical romantic tropes that you tend to find in books. Loved the art style throughout the graphic novel it really matched the darkness of the story and the sketches at the end. Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Premise of this graphic novel sounded very interesting, it didn't disappoint and kept my attention throughout. Really liked how the main characters learned to rely on each other throughout the story even when they were trying to push each other away without a lot of typical romantic tropes that you tend to find in books. Loved the art style throughout the graphic novel it really matched the darkness of the story and the sketches at the end. Will look out for the next volume

  16. 4 out of 5

    Belle of the Book Club

    Hello Snowstorms and Snowflakes! A war has orphaned our titular character who was once a prince of the northern kingdom of Drakovia but now is lucky if he gets a piece of bread. He's an outsider and his only friend, Anja, loses her mother to a sabretoothed cat that terrorises their village. Emo Kriss, armed with black clothing and a permanent scowl, decides to go after the sabretooth to get revenge for his friend but realises the cat is no normal sabretooth and that it has a gift for him from Hello Snowstorms and Snowflakes! A war has orphaned our titular character who was once a prince of the northern kingdom of Drakovia but now is lucky if he gets a piece of bread. He's an outsider and his only friend, Anja, loses her mother to a sabretoothed cat that terrorises their village. Emo Kriss, armed with black clothing and a permanent scowl, decides to go after the sabretooth to get revenge for his friend but realises the cat is no normal sabretooth and that it has a gift for him from Drakovia. This is grittier, darker and emoer than any of the other books I've reviewed so far, but it was still a great read. As has become customary with my reviewing of graphic novels, I need to mention the art. The art definitely reflects the theme and feeling of the story and I appreciate how the illustrator did everything in their power to make Kriss as emo as possible, drawing him in all black. The art has stunning contrast that just catches your eye and just...I really like the colours! Also, character design needs to be mentioned; No matter how small the character was, they were carefully designed in a way that told you more about the character than their two lines of dialogue could. This graphic novel is the first in a series and that means...worldbuilding! There's a lot of explaining in this book so, if you're one to get bored with that, you might hate the first few pages. It's definitely needed explanation though! At times I was slightly confused with the place names and character names along with lore and more being thrown at me in rapid succession, but answers and needed clarification soon came. Once you've filed all the information away in your brain correctly, the world is quite interesting and beautiful but still realistic. If you were expecting a romance between Kriss and Anja because, I'm not going to lie, after reading the premise, I thought that was where this was headed, you will be happy or disappointed, depending on who you are. Anja and Kriss's friendship stays just that and I liked that Kriss's only real and meaningful relationship was allowed to just be a friendship and didn't need to be more because I believe that friendship is enough! If you're looking for an action-packed, fast-paced, beautifully-drawn graphic novel with vivid world-building, this is for you! And, since I don't know anyone that's not looking for something like that, that means this is for everyone! Thank you NetGalley for my advanced copy!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Esteban Parra

    Kriss is an orphan who, in revenge of his friend Anja's mother, is attacked by a beast, which is a dark spirit of Darkovia, his homeland and the subject that haunts him day by day. After a hard battle, Kriss manages to assassinate the beast, but in his last breath, it grants him a power that will allow him to defeat any enemy he has, although with a very high price: uncontrollable wrath. This graphic novel addresses Kriss' quest to know his past, what really happened in Darkovia, who are the Kriss is an orphan who, in revenge of his friend Anja's mother, is attacked by a beast, which is a dark spirit of Darkovia, his homeland and the subject that haunts him day by day. After a hard battle, Kriss manages to assassinate the beast, but in his last breath, it grants him a power that will allow him to defeat any enemy he has, although with a very high price: uncontrollable wrath. This graphic novel addresses Kriss' quest to know his past, what really happened in Darkovia, who are the spirits that continuously communicate with him and understand what his place in the world is. Graphically this is a powerful story because the nuances that the artist gives to the different moments that Kriss lives are superlative: vivid tones for his daily work, dark tones for his memories and more difficult moments, and intense tones for the wrath. Already speaking of the writing, the beginning can be somewhat confusing because it seems not to go anywhere, but what is done is to give information to give context to the life of Kriss, the obsession with his past and his desire for answers. Perhaps some order in the points that want to be addressed at the beginning would have been adequate to avoid any confusion. As for the characters, I think there is a right group, but with few highlights. Perhaps Kriss, Anja and his brother are the ones who contribute the most to history, giving moral dilemmas, convictions and motivators quite different to their ways and actions. What is clear to me is that this initial volume is a perfect incentive to want to continue knowing the history of Kriss and unlock the mystery that hides his past in Darkovia. This is a story for young people fifteen and older. It has a high burden of violence.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    The Perpetual Outsider turns out to be the prince or king or important warrior of another tribe/kingdom trope is not one of my favorites, so this book didn't seem destined to be one of my favorites. But my biggest problem was I hated the protagonist. It's unfair to make any child feel like they don't belong to your community, but his response to it sucked. Listening to a voice that tells him he's more important than any of the other characters and needs to leave them behind seems really The Perpetual Outsider turns out to be the prince or king or important warrior of another tribe/kingdom trope is not one of my favorites, so this book didn't seem destined to be one of my favorites. But my biggest problem was I hated the protagonist. It's unfair to make any child feel like they don't belong to your community, but his response to it sucked. Listening to a voice that tells him he's more important than any of the other characters and needs to leave them behind seems really incellish. The only character with any consistent sense of dignity is the love interest who is very kind to him but is not in love with him, and they spend a lot of time musing over how unfair it is. And when she needs him the most, he leaves her and the village behind to go be shitty somewhere else. That's not a fun story to read. And the actual villains are all one-dimensional and smarmy in ways that are supposed to highlight how great the hero is, but ... he still sucks. He just sucks in a different way. Wucinich's art falls somewhere between Head Lopper, Vol. 1: The Island or A Plague of Beasts and Coda, Vol. 1, which is a perfectly fine place to be in. I just wish the quality of story supported it. I don't really recommed this unless you're looking to hate read a fairy tale about an entitled goth.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    A lot of classic tropes and elements come together in this teen-oriented graphic novel that appears to be the first in a series. In a medievalish world, Kriss lives in a small village (check!), where he is different from everyone else (check!), and has strange dreams (check!) that suggest he might be the offspring of a king (check!). Meanwhile, a possibly supernatural beast (check!) terrorizes the woods, and kills the mother of the kind-hearted blacksmith's daughter who is his only friend. This A lot of classic tropes and elements come together in this teen-oriented graphic novel that appears to be the first in a series. In a medievalish world, Kriss lives in a small village (check!), where he is different from everyone else (check!), and has strange dreams (check!) that suggest he might be the offspring of a king (check!). Meanwhile, a possibly supernatural beast (check!) terrorizes the woods, and kills the mother of the kind-hearted blacksmith's daughter who is his only friend.  This sets Kriss on a path of vengeance, which is more or less theme of the story -- will he give in to the dark side (check!) in order to become more powerful?There's a kind mentor, a nasty villain, a travelling circus, and a clueless princeling (check! check! mmmm. and check!) -- all of whom present opportunities tempting Kriss to call upon his dark side. It's much more atmospheric and dark than I make it sound -- the art is quite good -- but there are some tonal shifts between some goofy gags and Kriss' struggle that don't quite work. All in all, decent stuff with an unexpected twist or two, but very much an origin story. The final panel definitely sets the table for further tales of Kriss' destiny to come. Not sure if I care enough to keep an eye out for the next in the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne

    My thanks to Oni Press for making available a digital edition via NetGalley of ‘Kriss: The Gift of Wrath’ written by Ted Naifeh and illustrated by Warren Wucinich in exchange for an honest review. Orphaned at a young age, Kriss is a lean, pale, sullen teenager, who is considered an outsider in the small village where he grew up.His only friend is Anja, the blacksmith’s daughter. Kriss is haunted by dim memories of his true father, Erikk Iron Tooth, the king of Darkovia. When Anja’s mother is My thanks to Oni Press for making available a digital edition via NetGalley of ‘Kriss: The Gift of Wrath’ written by Ted Naifeh and illustrated by Warren Wucinich in exchange for an honest review. Orphaned at a young age, Kriss is a lean, pale, sullen teenager, who is considered an outsider in the small village where he grew up.His only friend is Anja, the blacksmith’s daughter. Kriss is haunted by dim memories of his true father, Erikk Iron Tooth, the king of Darkovia. When Anja’s mother is killed by a sabercat from the far north, Kriss heads off into the forest to dispatch the beast. It turns out that it is actually a dark spirit from Darkovia come to return Kriss to reclaim his father’s kingdom. He gives Kriss the ‘gift of wrath’, tremendous power that is accompanied by uncontrollable rage. This graphic novel was light on exposition, high on graphic violence, dark and brooding throughout. Kriss is emo personified. While the artwork was very striking, I needed more world building to feel engaged.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Disclosure: I received this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to impact this review. I really liked the premise for this graphic novel; I think it had a lot going for it. However, I felt like the story was a bit rushed and Kriss's story could have been a lot more flushed out than it was. The art was fine, but I wish there had been more reaction panels instead of there being dialogue in nearly every picture. I really Disclosure: I received this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to impact this review. I really liked the premise for this graphic novel; I think it had a lot going for it. However, I felt like the story was a bit rushed and Kriss's story could have been a lot more flushed out than it was. The art was fine, but I wish there had been more reaction panels instead of there being dialogue in nearly every picture. I really enjoy those reaction panels in graphic novels and I think adding those into the mix brings some depth into the story. The characters were all pretty one dimensional and with such an interesting premise I think there was a lot of room to have interesting characters. Some of it was a bit confusing in the beginning and I couldn't always tell who was speaking. All in all, this has a great premise but the execution was lacking and the art was fine but not great.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Secondary school aged fantasy comic, with a lanky goth type on a mission. His mission is to survive in a world where nobody likes him but for the love of his life – even his parents only give him bread "most days". But they're not actually his parents, for he's an orphaned casualty of war. In order to get some of his predestined world back, it will probably mean him leaving his girl behind – and probably cause a lot of other warlike actions on the way, for there is darkness in his path… Such is Secondary school aged fantasy comic, with a lanky goth type on a mission. His mission is to survive in a world where nobody likes him but for the love of his life – even his parents only give him bread "most days". But they're not actually his parents, for he's an orphaned casualty of war. In order to get some of his predestined world back, it will probably mean him leaving his girl behind – and probably cause a lot of other warlike actions on the way, for there is darkness in his path… Such is the set-up here, and unfortunately it's just set-up, set-up and set-up. Kriss is going to leave, then he doesn't, then he's going to leave, then he isn't, and the whole book, while only four quick monthly chapters, just gets us to the beginning. It's all OK, but it could have been done in 20 pages, if truth be told. I'd be open to seeing more from this world, but this should have been the debut issue and not the first trade.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Renée

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked this graphic novel, but it was so confusing. Especially in the first part, we kept jumping back and forth in time without any explanation. I still have no idea what happened there and why it had to be so disorganized. Part of the story was very interesting. Kriss has immense powers and he seems to be haunted. However, this story isn't explored until later in the graphic novel. In the meanwhile, we follow Anja and Kriss their friendship, which is... ok. There are some feelings left I really liked this graphic novel, but it was so confusing. Especially in the first part, we kept jumping back and forth in time without any explanation. I still have no idea what happened there and why it had to be so disorganized. Part of the story was very interesting. Kriss has immense powers and he seems to be haunted. However, this story isn't explored until later in the graphic novel. In the meanwhile, we follow Anja and Kriss their friendship, which is... ok. There are some feelings left unanswered, she dates someone else, typical boring story. I do think that this story could develop further and become more interesting, however, not in this part, unfortunately. Overall, this graphic novel has so much potential and it is enjoyable, but there are some questionable parts in it that could have been a lot better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/4 stars Kriss: The Gift of Wrath sucked me in with the synopsis and it seemed like a solid premise that would be entertaining and a little different. The art work followed the tone of the book amazingly and really added extra depth to the story, in fact in some places it really made the story. I was so happy that the relationship remained platonic between Kriss and Anja and did not fall into any of the usual tropes. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/4 stars Kriss: The Gift of Wrath sucked me in with the synopsis and it seemed like a solid premise that would be entertaining and a little different. The art work followed the tone of the book amazingly and really added extra depth to the story, in fact in some places it really made the story. I was so happy that the relationship remained platonic between Kriss and Anja and did not fall into any of the usual tropes. I would be happy in the future if this did develop further if required by the story, but I am happy with their relationship as it stands. This has a very interesting plot and was a solid opening and I am intrigued to find out where the author takes this in future volumes. I don’t do spoilers so if the synopsis calls to you 100% give this one a try.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Munch

    I was sent an arc copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I've always enjoyed the unhappy orphan outsider main character and Kriss is no exception. The friendship between him and Anja was great, I liked how it stayed platonic (this doesn't happen often enough). There could be romance between them in later books but for the moment, they're caring for each other was beautiful. I liked how Anja stood up for herself and Kriss even against her own family and she isn't going to I was sent an arc copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I've always enjoyed the unhappy orphan outsider main character and Kriss is no exception. The friendship between him and Anja was great, I liked how it stayed platonic (this doesn't happen often enough). There could be romance between them in later books but for the moment, they're caring for each other was beautiful. I liked how Anja stood up for herself and Kriss even against her own family and she isn't going to just settle for what others want for her. Kriss' reluctance to accept his destiny because Anja needs him and he doesn't want to lose the only friend he has was believable and relatable. The artwork and colours used really match the darkness of the story well. It was simple but it didn't lose any of the character or emotion. I'm really interested in seeing where the story goes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    yitmarak ✨

    *****3.5/5****** Kriss’s story is that of the underdog rising up and crushing his enemies. I really enjoyed the dark style of the comic. This almost read like the backstory of a future hero...or villain? Kriss has everyone against him, but he still shows tremendous strength and bravery. I wish his friendship with Anja would have been shown more. Although they are meant to be best friends, their bond is rarely shown. The world building is minimal and I don’t quit understand this magic system, or *****3.5/5****** Kriss’s story is that of the underdog rising up and crushing his enemies. I really enjoyed the dark style of the comic. This almost read like the backstory of a future hero...or villain? Kriss has everyone against him, but he still shows tremendous strength and bravery. I wish his friendship with Anja would have been shown more. Although they are meant to be best friends, their bond is rarely shown. The world building is minimal and I don’t quit understand this magic system, or if there’s any at all. Or what the deal is with the cat that Kriss hears in his head. There are mentions of godly power, but no explanation to what those are. I am confused about those things. The ending is a bit up in the air, and Kriss searching for his destiny is a bit too general. Overall, though, it is a good set up that will hopefully develop more through future volumes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    e-ARC received from NetGalley 2.5 stars Kriss: The Gift of Wrath is a graphic novel about an adopted teenage boy living in a small, icy medieval-esque village, who is in actual fact the lost prince of Darkovia. Will he stay in his village, or accept his magical heritage and leave to reclaim his father's kingdom? This is the kind of story that will appeal to emo kids who want to leave their town, and I guess I'm just not its target audience. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy parts of the story - I e-ARC received from NetGalley 2.5 stars Kriss: The Gift of Wrath is a graphic novel about an adopted teenage boy living in a small, icy medieval-esque village, who is in actual fact the lost prince of Darkovia. Will he stay in his village, or accept his magical heritage and leave to reclaim his father's kingdom? This is the kind of story that will appeal to emo kids who want to leave their town, and I guess I'm just not its target audience. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy parts of the story - I did chuckle a couple of times, and I actually really liked the art style when things got fantastical/spooky. I just never really connected to any of the characters, and more could have been done to build Kriss and Anja's relationship. It feels as if we're told things a lot, rather than shown them, which is funny in a graphic novel.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carro Herdegen

    Language: PG13 (10 swears, 0 “f”) ; Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13 Kriss struggles to understand what the purpose of his life is in a village that continually rejects his efforts. Listening to the voice that tells him that he comes from the northern kingdom, Kriss prepares himself to leave -- though one friend in the village isn’t ready to say goodbye. Honestly, I’m still confused about what the story was about and where it was going, but I’m not as upset as I usually am about a book I didn’ Language: PG13 (10 swears, 0 “f”) ; Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13 Kriss struggles to understand what the purpose of his life is in a village that continually rejects his efforts. Listening to the voice that tells him that he comes from the northern kingdom, Kriss prepares himself to leave -- though one friend in the village isn’t ready to say goodbye. Honestly, I’m still confused about what the story was about and where it was going, but I’m not as upset as I usually am about a book I didn’t understand. Instead, I find myself intrigued. I want to read more of Kriss’s story and see how this fits into the bigger picture of his life. As Kriss searched for answers of where he came from and where he is going, that desire was lit inside of me as well. Hopefully, we all get those answers sooner rather than later. Reviewed for https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenna R

    From Ted Naifeh and Warren Wucinich comes Kriss: The Gift of Wrath. Kriss is an outcast in his small village, but is descended from the gods of the north. The Gift of Wrath establishes background for Kriss and some general world-building as well. I definitely enjoyed this graphic novel. I liked the art style and the choices of the colorist, particularly in making Kriss have a monochromatic color palette as opposed to everyone else and the background which are all full color. While this graphic From Ted Naifeh and Warren Wucinich comes Kriss: The Gift of Wrath. Kriss is an outcast in his small village, but is descended from the gods of the north. The Gift of Wrath establishes background for Kriss and some general world-building as well. I definitely enjoyed this graphic novel. I liked the art style and the choices of the colorist, particularly in making Kriss have a monochromatic color palette as opposed to everyone else and the background which are all full color. While this graphic novel is enjoyable and is a strong start, I would say that my rating was boosted by the potential this book has in setting up a strong series. Overall, a fast, fun read that I could easily recommend to any fantasy graphic novel fan.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    7/10 I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Avenging the murder of his best friend’s mother Kriss accidentally kills a demon from Darkovia. The spirit blesses him great powers and commands him to reclaim his father’s lost kingdoms. But Kriss would rather find acceptance in the village he was abandoned in… This is a really exciting new YA graphic novel series - filled with gothic notes and violent scenes. The world building in it is very well done, giving you 7/10 I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Avenging the murder of his best friend’s mother Kriss accidentally kills a demon from Darkovia. The spirit blesses him great powers and commands him to reclaim his father’s lost kingdoms. But Kriss would rather find acceptance in the village he was abandoned in… This is a really exciting new YA graphic novel series - filled with gothic notes and violent scenes. The world building in it is very well done, giving you enough to be so that you can’t stop reading. The characters are compelling and complex. And the art is fantastic. Age range - definitely not for younger readers, but a great title for YA readers. Overall, when does the next one come out? Coming out in OCTOBER 2019.

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