Title: Troublemaker, Book 1
Author: Janet Evanovich, Alex Evanovich & Joelle Jones
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5
Sam Hooker and Alex Barnaby, from Metro Girl and Motor Mouth are back in this graphic novel from Janet and Alex Evanovich. Sam is a race car driver, and Alex is an auto mechanic who can’t seem to stay away from Sam. When their friend Felicia goes missing, Sam and Alex must discover the truth behind her disappearance and help her in any way they can.
When I received Troublemaker for review, I was very intrigued. I wasn’t sure how well this genre would transfer to graphic novel format, but I was eager to give it a try.
I have to say, I was very impressed with the quality of Troublemaker. Joelle Jones’ art really was beautiful. The pages were glossy and heavy and soaked up the vibrant colors. I absolutely loved being able to see Sam and Alex, rather than just picturing in my head what they might look like. I never really realized how much room authors give to descriptions in their novels until I read this book. Not having to describe what the characters or settings look like, the authors were free to delve right into the story.
I hadn’t read Metro Girl or Motor Mouth before picking up Troublemaker, but I didn’t have a problem with the storyline or characters. As this is Evanovich’s first graphic novel, it seems that she realized many would be picking up this book without reading the first two. As a result, the reader gets a solid introduction to all the major and minor characters, and it doesn’t feel like as if you are missing anything.
The mystery in Troublemaker was set up very nicely, but that’s unfortunately all that happened. Some graphic novels are presented in series, so it takes a few installments for the overall story of one book to be told. Troublemaker is in that format, and as a result, this is just the beginning. The second installment of Troublemaker comes out in a few months, and I’ll definitely be reading it and absorbing more of the fun story and wonderful artwork.