Skin & Earth TP
Skin & Earth is a story of a girl looking for hope in a hopeless world. Caught between romance and cults, gods and mortals, and just trying to find a good borscht, Enaia Jin is lead down a dark path by new lovers that reveal a twisted fantasy world and her own true nature. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where corporations rule, this adventurous tale of loneliness, deceit and self-discovery begins here!Written and drawn by alt-pop phenomenon Lights, Skin & Earth ties directly into her next full length album, released in Fall 2017 on Warner Bros Records.

Skin & Earth TP Details

TitleSkin & Earth TP
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 17th, 2018
PublisherDynamite Entertainment
ISBN-139781524106034
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Graphic Novels Comics

Skin & Earth TP Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Is it really fair for one person to have this many talents? Lights is already an accomplished singer, now she's created a concept album with an accompanying comic book that she wrote, drew, and even lettered.Starts off in a dystopian future where mankind has destroyed more of the environment. The elite are determined to suck the rest of the earth dry of its resources. En is part of the lower caste. We follow her around with her summer love for the first half of the story. Then Misuki shows up an Is it really fair for one person to have this many talents? Lights is already an accomplished singer, now she's created a concept album with an accompanying comic book that she wrote, drew, and even lettered.Starts off in a dystopian future where mankind has destroyed more of the environment. The elite are determined to suck the rest of the earth dry of its resources. En is part of the lower caste. We follow her around with her summer love for the first half of the story. Then Misuki shows up and the story quickly changes direction completely. The book was actually pretty good for someone who hasn't even created a comic book before. Something about the art reminded me a little of latter day Mike Allred. I thought it was definitely worth a read.Received an advance copy from Dynamite and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleySo I've never even heard of Lights but I saw this book on NetGalley and I liked the cover and it sounded interesting so I figured I would give it a shot. Now this is a special edition that has the codes printed on the page so you can listen to the concept album as you read it, but I'll admit that I didn't actually listen to the music because I think it would have distracted me during my first readthrough. I'll probably end up listening to the alb I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalleySo I've never even heard of Lights but I saw this book on NetGalley and I liked the cover and it sounded interesting so I figured I would give it a shot. Now this is a special edition that has the codes printed on the page so you can listen to the concept album as you read it, but I'll admit that I didn't actually listen to the music because I think it would have distracted me during my first readthrough. I'll probably end up listening to the album at some point because I did really enjoy this, but I rarely like all the tracks on any given album so usually me and concept albums don't get along that well.For the first few issues this seemed like a fairly standard sci-fi / dystopian story, but once Mitsuki showed up everything got flipped on its head in the best possible way. I really like where the story went and I will definitely check out the next volume when it comes out. I really liked the character designs as well and while the art is a bit rough at times I think there are some really great layouts and panels in this volume so it was still really pretty overall. Also I think it's just really impressive that a musician with no prior comics experience put this together, really great for a first book.
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, this emerging trend of recommended listening with chapters, is not my cup of tea at all. The graphic novel wasn't... I'm not sure what it was or wasn't. The story was okay, the artwork very detailed, but overall it lacked *something*, although I can't exactly put my finger on what it lacked.
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  • Manon
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.It was pretty good at first but fast, it became messy, confused.I think it kind of went too far and lost me.Also, I didn’t fell for the characters the way I thought I would.I guess my expectations were just too high.Still, I didn’t hate it?
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)Skin & Earth is an immersive experience to the core. Not only does each track of her album refer to part of the comic book, but the comic itself has QR codes within to link you to her music and bonus features. This makes reading a whole new level - one that I adored. Is there really anything Lights cannot do? There are all these gorgeous little world building details in the pa (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)Skin & Earth is an immersive experience to the core. Not only does each track of her album refer to part of the comic book, but the comic itself has QR codes within to link you to her music and bonus features. This makes reading a whole new level - one that I adored. Is there really anything Lights cannot do? There are all these gorgeous little world building details in the panels, and at the heart of the comic is so much more.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors for the ARC to read and review!For my first foray into reviewing a comic or graphic novel, I think this one is a great place to start! I've been a fan of Lights for a few years now, and so I was excited to come across Skin&Earth on NetGalley. I downloaded the PDF, and as soon as I started reading... well, I didn't want to stop!In fact, I flew through Skin&Earth so intensely that I only stopped when I realized I needed to leave the hous Thank you to NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors for the ARC to read and review!For my first foray into reviewing a comic or graphic novel, I think this one is a great place to start! I've been a fan of Lights for a few years now, and so I was excited to come across Skin&Earth on NetGalley. I downloaded the PDF, and as soon as I started reading... well, I didn't want to stop!In fact, I flew through Skin&Earth so intensely that I only stopped when I realized I needed to leave the house in 20 minutes and I was still in my pajamas! Much to my chagrin, I had to stop with only 27 pages left to go, and as soon as I got home I eagerly finished those pages.I'll admit that I haven't listened to Lights as much as I used to in recent years, but she's always sort of been in the back of my mind, whether it's because I have close friends who love her, or because she's just very visible in the fan communities I am a part of. I did see her live, though, in October (2017), when she (and Flint Eastwood, who you should definitely check out if you've never listened!) opened for Pvris, the main act I'd gone to see. She was phenomenal, and the song Giants has really stuck with me ever since that show.Even though I haven't been a very devoted or hardcore fan or anything, I still think it's really incredible, what Lights has done here with Skin&Earth. I mean, come on- to not only make an album that's incredible, but then to also make an entire comic to go along with that album, start to finish, all yourself? Lights even discusses in the introduction to Skin&Earth how she literally taught herself how to do everything in regards to making a comic. She was given advice and sought out assistance when needed, sure, but a lot of hard work and dedication (and YouTube university, as she says!) went into this project. If there was ever a time to use the phrase "passion project" to describe something, it would certainly be now, when describing Skin&Earth.Really my only gripe with Skin&Earth was that I wasn't a big fan of the art style. The thing about that, though, is that it wasn't unbearable, it didn't detract from the story at all, and I can 100% respect the fact that this was Lights's first time doing anything like this, and she did a way better job than I could ever even hope to do! So really, my dislike of the art style is a non-issue. Other than that, I enjoyed reading this very very much (as you could probably gather when I mentioned how quickly I flew through it!).The story in Skin&Earth is interesting and easy to follow- En is a protagonist that you really want to root for, and you're intrigued to know what's going to happen to her next, how she's going to react next. The world built for the readers was bleak and dismal, and really built up a sense of hopelessness, which worked extremely well for the story.I also very much appreciated a lot of the message behind Skin&Earth. Lights is very open about the fact that these characters, this world, all come from within herself, that they are facets of herself that she has laid onto the page so lovingly and so carefully and then held it up for the world to experience for themselves. That takes a certain kind of openness and bravery that I can do nothing but admire, and hope that one day I might be able to follow suit. The meanings interwoven into the story of Skin&Earth, the symbolism, it is all so rich and so personal that it feels as though you are experiencing that same sort of darkness yourself, and eventually, that same sort of renewed hope. I very much appreciate Lights's candor with Skin&Earth, and really, just her candor in general.I would certainly recommend you check out Skin&Earth if you like Lights, or if you just want a really kickass female-led sci-fi/fantasy comic. The hardcover and trade paperback editions are out in July, available for preorder now, and come with bonus content and interactive content as well (think QR codes). You can also find the individual issues on Lights's website or at a comic store near you.
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  • Monsour
    January 1, 1970
    Making a song into a comicDoes it sounds cool....YesDoes it sounds a bad marketing....Maybe?Did I enjoy it....YES!!A dystopian slice of life comic with musical background and a little bit of magic mystery on it. Skin & Earth best part for me is the art and color; I also really like how they cut the panel on this especially the two page art. But then again the writing on this is a littlebit odd. Like the first issue had two chapters on it and theirs page that just used multiple dialogue (mayb Making a song into a comicDoes it sounds cool....YesDoes it sounds a bad marketing....Maybe?Did I enjoy it....YES!!A dystopian slice of life comic with musical background and a little bit of magic mystery on it. Skin & Earth best part for me is the art and color; I also really like how they cut the panel on this especially the two page art. But then again the writing on this is a littlebit odd. Like the first issue had two chapters on it and theirs page that just used multiple dialogue (maybe their saving pages on this). I still enjoy it thou.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Rating: 3.5 starsThis was a dystopia/fantasy adventure that went in a completely different direction than I expected. I really liked the worldbuilding and the mythology of the world, and the main character had some really quotable lines.It's actually pretty cool how the songs and music videos go with the graphic novel, too.
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  • Isaiah
    January 1, 1970
    To read more reviews check out MI Book Reviews.I got an ARC of this book.I saw Lights perform when I was first starting college. I was front row, right by the speaker. She was the opening act and I ended up going out and buying her CD. I got a wild urge to listen to her again a few months back and discovered her Skin & Earth album. I was in love, then I learned it was also a graphic novel. Normally I don't go for graphic novel or other media tie ins like this. Art Pop ruined that idea entire To read more reviews check out MI Book Reviews.I got an ARC of this book.I saw Lights perform when I was first starting college. I was front row, right by the speaker. She was the opening act and I ended up going out and buying her CD. I got a wild urge to listen to her again a few months back and discovered her Skin & Earth album. I was in love, then I learned it was also a graphic novel. Normally I don't go for graphic novel or other media tie ins like this. Art Pop ruined that idea entirely for me. This however worked and it worked SO WELL. Every song is a chapter in the book. There is even a chapter for the interlude. It was amazingly paced. I read slightly faster than the songs, so I would have to wait to continue reading or I would have to skip to the next song, but it still worked. Multiple times I read the line the character said that was a lyric in the song, gave me chills every time. The art isn't perfect, the plot isn't either. Yet it feels like some of the open ended plot points are intentional. There is a great deal of world building that doesn't bog down the story. If there is a sequel (PLEASE BE A SEQUEL), then it would hopefully explain some more of the world. There is clearly a caste system in place, just like so many other dystopian novels. This one was introduced with En coming home from school. It isn't made super clear how bad that difference is until much later in the book. It was really interesting watching how things would come out. En didn't know much about the world and the reader learns with her. There got to be a bit of supernatural, cult stuff near the end which can be hit or miss with me. The ending felt a bit rushed, so I am really hoping a sequel will be able to address that. It was much to easy for En to get away, there has to be a reason for that since so much of the book seemed so well thought out, this stood out as my main issue with the plot. En was obviously flawed and had to confront some of those flaws, though not all of them were confronted yet. En's desire to be loved no matter the source was just starting to be confronted. It was clearly from the loss of her parents, but the ramifications were so large. It was amazing to see a flawed character in a dystopian. It was En's flaws that made the story progress. If she had been more wary of people for example, then she would not  have run into a lot of the trouble she was in. It was wonderful. I want more of En, if that wasn't painfully obvious by now.There were some queer minor themes. En being cannonly not straight. She dates a male character and then starts something with a female character. The gender wasn't the focus, but more her desire to be loved and her inability to be alone. It was a non-issue in the plot which I crave in any book with a queer character. It is so refreshing when sexuality isn't a huge focus, but is instead allowed to just exist.
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  • Cas
    January 1, 1970
    Overall I really liked it. First of all the worldbuilding was awesome. Even without the map at the end of issue #2 I got a really good sense of geography, but it was mostly the culture that was so well done. Even little things like pop culture (Captain Lights, Lūn), the food (Borscht-in-a-Box is brilliant) and even public transit was amazing. The class division is so real and so sad. And the visuals. Wow. Some of the panels were confusing but like, overall, it was so easy to follow visually. The Overall I really liked it. First of all the worldbuilding was awesome. Even without the map at the end of issue #2 I got a really good sense of geography, but it was mostly the culture that was so well done. Even little things like pop culture (Captain Lights, Lūn), the food (Borscht-in-a-Box is brilliant) and even public transit was amazing. The class division is so real and so sad. And the visuals. Wow. Some of the panels were confusing but like, overall, it was so easy to follow visually. The little details here and there that hinted at what was to come made it that much more intriguing.I thought Tsu was a little predictable. I mean, I didn't know right away that she was gonna be a literal god but from the very beginning there was something sinister about it. And the whole thing about her mother telling En the story when she was a kid. It just all seemed a little bit too perfect, like it was handed to En on a platter. And yet she didn't see it coming. En was a little dumb sometimes but gosh, I love her character so much right from the start, so I can forgive her for being oblivious as hell. I made myself laugh because when Tsu visits her the first time and En's naked, we get to see her En-titty. Entity. LOL.The last issue I gave the lowest rating because I thought Tsu's explanation was a little much. Very expositional, and a bit unnecessary? Like the majority of it was interesting, but it just got overly complicated and I think the plot could have done with some simplifying. It felt spoon-fed because there was too much to explain.Also RIP Priest. U were shitty and unredeemable anyway.I can't wait to reread it while listening to the soundtrack. I think that'll add a whole new layer that I'm excited to experience.But yeah, not much else to complain about. For her first comic I was really impressed. Worldbuilding is hard and I think she did such a good job for a first-timer.
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  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting graphic novel about a young woman who lives in a divided and dying earth. En encounters lovers and mysteries and strange worlds, and in doing so she discovers that she has the powers to put things right. She is not who she thought she was but she doesnt really know who she is. All she knows is that she somehow has powers. I thought this was an interesting graphic novel. It started off well but the second half was complicated because En gets to know the truth about who she is. All An interesting graphic novel about a young woman who lives in a divided and dying earth. En encounters lovers and mysteries and strange worlds, and in doing so she discovers that she has the powers to put things right. She is not who she thought she was but she doesnt really know who she is. All she knows is that she somehow has powers. I thought this was an interesting graphic novel. It started off well but the second half was complicated because En gets to know the truth about who she is. All of a sudden there is a mystery world and other beings and it all became a bit too complicated for me. If you enjoy sci-fi then you might enjoy this book.It also has music which can be listened too by using the bar codes in the story. It didnt work for me but it seems like a very creative idea. Overall it was an interesting story.Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit I am basing my rating on the entire package, namely, the graphic novel and the music that accompanies each chapter. Having said that, I did not listen at the beginning of each chapter as suggested, I didn't want to stop reading and in my world, one pays attention to what one is reading if reading and one pays attention to what one is listening to if listening. So rather than pause my reading or, even worse, playing the music as background, I waited until I finished the book to li I have to admit I am basing my rating on the entire package, namely, the graphic novel and the music that accompanies each chapter. Having said that, I did not listen at the beginning of each chapter as suggested, I didn't want to stop reading and in my world, one pays attention to what one is reading if reading and one pays attention to what one is listening to if listening. So rather than pause my reading or, even worse, playing the music as background, I waited until I finished the book to listen to the entire album.Skin & Earth takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. The people have been divided and the divide is extreme. While this certainly speaks to the perverse inequalities in our current society between the haves and the have-nots, this is not all darkness. The ultimate theme is hope. Hope in the face of declining odds, in the face of perceived personal slights, and hope in the ability of beauty and good to survive the darkness and rise again.The graphic novel on its own was very good, the style of the drawings was wonderful and changed with the location and the action. In other words, the art didn't just illustrate the story, it helped to tell it. Lights is an enchanting musician and the music works very well with the story. That said, even if you don't connect with the ethereal music the graphic novel is well worth your time.Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via Edelweiss.
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    Doesn't Break New Ground, But Well DoneThis is a concept graphic novel joined with Lights' concept album of the same name, and the package is well crafted and interesting.I can't comment in any useful way on the album except to say that I've sampled all of the tracks and they complement the novel well and, judging from comments and reviews, have been very well received by fans. The novel has a table of contents that ties each track to a chapter in the novel as a listening guide, and I always thi Doesn't Break New Ground, But Well DoneThis is a concept graphic novel joined with Lights' concept album of the same name, and the package is well crafted and interesting.I can't comment in any useful way on the album except to say that I've sampled all of the tracks and they complement the novel well and, judging from comments and reviews, have been very well received by fans. The novel has a table of contents that ties each track to a chapter in the novel as a listening guide, and I always think that's a clever and sort of funky bonus.Anyway, as to the novel, it seemed to me that you could read it literally as an apocalyptic fantasy adventure, or metaphorically as a take on a young woman's journey to self discovery and empowerment, (or, here's an idea - both ways).Enaia Jin lives in a city divided into concentric circles, with the inner circle the most poisoned and despoiled, and other circles leading eventually to a city of grace, beauty and ease. The damage has been caused by a vaguely described but typical rapacious and evil corporation. En is led first by a lover and then by a mystical spirit sort to discover the foundation and history of this ruined world and then to be challenged to do something about it. NO SPOILERS, but En's journey involves betrayal, confusion, double-crosses, misdirection, twists and surprises. The twists are especially clever and imaginative, and for such a familiar overall premise there are still some surprises to be found in this telling.There are plot holes here and there and some jumps and bumpy parts, but the storytelling struck me as generally clear, fair, and comprehensible. Lights doesn't hide out in artsy-fartsy mumbo jumbo. She is both trying to make some points, (about stress, turmoil, doubt, outsiderness, responsibility, trust), and set out a substantial fantasy adventure that is empowering and inspirational. Fine by me.The artwork struck me as serviceable. Pencils and inks are clear and colors are a bit muted. While the panels and spreads aren't ever drop dead arresting, that doesn't seem to be the point. The art frames and illustrates the story, which is, after all, its main job. So, this didn't strike me as a vanity project, which is sometimes what you get with these multi-media concept undertakings. En's journey is interesting and well told, and Lights does a nice job keeping it all together. An interesting find.(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Paul Franco
    January 1, 1970
    In a near-future Earth ecologically devasted, a young redhead goes from college through a nice neighborhood and reveals that she’s part of a lesser caste, to the point where she has to wear a mask so that she doesn’t breathe on this society’s higher-ups. A guard at the checkpoint back to the poor area, who should be more sympathetic considering he’s no highborn, provides further exposition while trying to bully her.Of course she’s in love with a jerk. There’s a lot of talk and exposition, but no In a near-future Earth ecologically devasted, a young redhead goes from college through a nice neighborhood and reveals that she’s part of a lesser caste, to the point where she has to wear a mask so that she doesn’t breathe on this society’s higher-ups. A guard at the checkpoint back to the poor area, who should be more sympathetic considering he’s no highborn, provides further exposition while trying to bully her.Of course she’s in love with a jerk. There’s a lot of talk and exposition, but nothing much happens. She doesn’t seem particularly smart, considering she tried to take a tattoo off with a knife. Then she meets a mysterious woman in a dream and they go off to get their revenge on the guy.I did do a little research after reading the intro; turns out this is written by a musician, and the main character is kinda based on her, at least the visuals; the artwork, especially her red hair, is very true to life. The rest of the eye candy is okay, not meant to be realistic.Favorite line: “I’m never drinking again!. . . boobs look nice, though.”Other worthy utterings:“It’s like some fucked-up Renaissance painting.”“Show him what it’s like to fuck with a goddess.”“Are you saying you’re forever years old? You look good!”“I don’t know what this is all code for, but if you’ve got pills, I’ll take them.”“You have a dangerous blend of sadness and curiosity.”“I have other plans!” (I need a plan.)Good use of chain metaphor.Problem: if she’s not wearing the mask, how does anyone know if she’s a pink or a red? And I don’t mean her hair.More to the point: each chapter has a Qcode for songs that go with the book, but as of my reading of this review copy, they only take you to the same general website of what looks to be the publisher. No worries, I found them on youtube, with a couple having videos. I found the songs, like many nowadays, overproduced; acoustic versions might be better, but there are some good hard-rocking melodies in there. As for the videos, one of them shows her making the artwork, while another has a couple of the panels recreated in real life, like the part when her “ghost” leaves her body.3.5 pushed up to 4/5
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    Here's one more tuppen'orth about this from someone who knew nothing about Lights – what she is, who she is, anything. She's certainly an artist – trying strong visuals on every page and getting it right almost every time. But is she a graphic novelist? Well, there the jury is definitely still out. In this world, where our heroine is the sole teen able to cross the divide from the world-enveloping, polluted slums, to study at the 'nice' (ie nasty) University, she can't see anything special about Here's one more tuppen'orth about this from someone who knew nothing about Lights – what she is, who she is, anything. She's certainly an artist – trying strong visuals on every page and getting it right almost every time. But is she a graphic novelist? Well, there the jury is definitely still out. In this world, where our heroine is the sole teen able to cross the divide from the world-enveloping, polluted slums, to study at the 'nice' (ie nasty) University, she can't see anything special about herself. Nor can we, really, as she does nothing except mope with a dweeby, grungy boyfriend who isn't really her boyfriend. Him out the way she falls into the most ridiculously obvious trap, and guides us to the point where our hearts sink that this isn't a self-contained story, which came far too early for me. I wanted to like the mixture of romance and fantasy/dystopia (the YA genre of choice, of course), but I couldn't really get through the muddle of exposition at the end to care what these mediocre characters did to each other. A decent try, and I'm sure it will mean stuff to her musical audience, but it wasn't ultimately for me.
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    Time only matters in places where it runs out. This was pretty cool. And Lights is a pretty amazing artist. (That’s her name. Lights. In case you didn’t get that.)But this is more an experience than a comic. First of all, the comic was a different and creative take on the dystopian world. The story pulls you along with some great art to match. But it’s pretty amazing when you realize that the writer also drew and inked the book. Oh, and she also wrote the soundtrack to the book. You’re supposed Time only matters in places where it runs out. This was pretty cool. And Lights is a pretty amazing artist. (That’s her name. Lights. In case you didn’t get that.)But this is more an experience than a comic. First of all, the comic was a different and creative take on the dystopian world. The story pulls you along with some great art to match. But it’s pretty amazing when you realize that the writer also drew and inked the book. Oh, and she also wrote the soundtrack to the book. You’re supposed to be able to scan the QR codes to take you to the song for each chapter. But I was able to find the album on Spotify and listened to it while I read. All together it makes up a pretty cool experience - as I said at the beginning of this review. Oh, and then watch the video for the song We Were Here and enjoy the scene from Chapter 7 of the book in live action. The whole thing is pretty badass and makes you realize Lights is quite the artist. Check out this comic, the accompanying album, and the video. Thanks to NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors for a copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the concept of this series. En’s character is so relatable. She naturally seeks hope and beauty in all things, but when she finds it, it blinds her from real truths... being her strength and weakness. I only wish for more complex character development!! Certainly Priest. Lights let us in on a different perspective of him, and killed him right after. Knowing he’s so multifaceted, I wish I knew more about his other sides. It would have left a stronger impact. And also Tsu’s character was p I loved the concept of this series. En’s character is so relatable. She naturally seeks hope and beauty in all things, but when she finds it, it blinds her from real truths... being her strength and weakness. I only wish for more complex character development!! Certainly Priest. Lights let us in on a different perspective of him, and killed him right after. Knowing he’s so multifaceted, I wish I knew more about his other sides. It would have left a stronger impact. And also Tsu’s character was pretty predictable. I wish her “nice” side was a little more convincing. The album paired with each chapter is brilliant! I love it. It changes the way I imagine the story taking place, in a way that makes it more relatable and immersive. The corresponding merch is dope too! It’s a nice link from her imaginary world to the real one.
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  • Sarah Z
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a cool concept. I had no idea when I requested it from Netgalley, that it was a graphic novel with an accompanying soundtrack. The story takes place post apocalypse, or it least it seems that way, with a smoking hot heroine named En. She is trying to make life better for people like her that aren’t pink. Without spoiling this too much, there is a very cool supernatural element to it. Great cliffhanger at the end and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. There were a few fall This was such a cool concept. I had no idea when I requested it from Netgalley, that it was a graphic novel with an accompanying soundtrack. The story takes place post apocalypse, or it least it seems that way, with a smoking hot heroine named En. She is trying to make life better for people like her that aren’t pink. Without spoiling this too much, there is a very cool supernatural element to it. Great cliffhanger at the end and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. There were a few fall backs for me. The comic was too small and blurry when stretched out. It made it difficult to read, especially the red writing. I also couldn’t get the codes to work for me so I wasn’t able to listen to the soundtrack. Regardless, I enjoyed it and I’d recommend.
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  • Rosa
    January 1, 1970
    The music coinciding with each chapter blended beautifully. Gave the book a variety of moods depending on song/chapter! My only complaint is that I couldn't read fast enough to stay with the song...so I had to replay often, which wasn't terrible, but it would have been nice if there had been music lasting the estimated amount of time it would take to read...maybe an extended edition CD made solely for the comics? ANYWAY, WHAT A HUGE PROJECT THIS WAS, REGARDLESS OF THESE COMMENTS! Amazing. Wonder The music coinciding with each chapter blended beautifully. Gave the book a variety of moods depending on song/chapter! My only complaint is that I couldn't read fast enough to stay with the song...so I had to replay often, which wasn't terrible, but it would have been nice if there had been music lasting the estimated amount of time it would take to read...maybe an extended edition CD made solely for the comics? ANYWAY, WHAT A HUGE PROJECT THIS WAS, REGARDLESS OF THESE COMMENTS! Amazing. Wonderful. Loved the story, and it actually was totally unexpected! Kept me on my toes.
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  • Thalia Maronto
    January 1, 1970
    Post-apocalyptic worlds are nothing new to readers, but Lights gave a good couple of plot twists and crude jokes to make up for any potential lack. I didn’t listen to the songs recommended at the beginning of each section because I already new them so well, and I love love loved finding the sections of lyrics in each chapter. I think it’s cute, bad ass, and just a fun read.
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  • Kopratic
    January 1, 1970
    backgroundLights is a Canadian music artist who has released four main albums (with acoustic versions of the first three as well). With her fourth album, she decided to try something different and release a concept record — one that connects to a graphic novel. What happened was Skin & Earth.She did virtually everything for the graphic novel: lettering, writing, art, coloring, etc. It’s a big endeavor that, honestly, I think paid off. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, so I was eager to ch backgroundLights is a Canadian music artist who has released four main albums (with acoustic versions of the first three as well). With her fourth album, she decided to try something different and release a concept record — one that connects to a graphic novel. What happened was Skin & Earth.She did virtually everything for the graphic novel: lettering, writing, art, coloring, etc. It’s a big endeavor that, honestly, I think paid off. I’ve been a fan of hers for a while, so I was eager to check it out.plotSkin & Earth takes place in a future, post-apocalyptic version of Earth at the last city in the world. (At least, it’s the last known, populated city.) There is a Pink Sector and a Red Sector. The Red Sector is full of outcasts, since it’s where all of the toxic fumes are. Its citizens are too poor to live in the Pink Sector. We follow En from the Red Sector as she makes her way in this world and discovers things that could possibly change her forever.I loved how seamlessly the plot was able to transition and branch off into other areas. We never lose track of the main plot, though, which seems to be more of a character study on En and how she deals with things. I think Lights did a great job of balancing character vs plot. Neither drives the other; they walk in tandem with each other.charactersI’ll just be honest; these characters can be pretty unlikeable at times. Then again, that's what makes them great. They're all real. They’re all flawed, but they also all have their positive qualities. There are three major characters: En, Priest, and Mitsuki (Tsu). Now, when I say unlikeable, I don’t mean annoying. I just mean that they don’t always make the decision you hoped they would make.I found myself wishing En would do something else at times and not be so rash. But you know what? She has character. She has flaws but also strengths. She’s headstrong and willing to explore her curiosities; however, those curiosities can lead her to make some poor decisions. She also seems to struggle with the idea of being a leader, preferring to follow the whims of others. She’s never weak, but she definitely grows into her strength. It’s admirable, I think.I think it’s pretty great that even though we don’t get much of Priest directly, we can still see that he has a character arc. When we first meet him, he seems like he’s going to be a relatively one-note character. But as the story progresses, he has a lot of depth added in and becomes surprisingly well-rounded. He’s morally grey, and it’s done very well.Mitsuki is an enigma. She’s another very well done morally grey character. We learn about her slowly throughout each issue. She’s a very “take the bull by the horns” type of girl. She’s the type of person who, after you’ve read everything, still don’t know how to feel about her. I’d say out of the three main characters, she’s probably the most interesting one.worldThe world is amazingly detailed. Lights made an Instagram account with an interactive map of Madison Oasis, where the story takes place. A lot of these places we only see glimpses of in the graphic novel.What I personally liked was that even though it is a post-apocalyptic tale, there’s still happiness and hope. There’s a scene in the Red Sector where we see people just out and about shopping, chatting, eating, etc. They aren’t walking around, constantly oppressed. There’s a nice twist on things, too, in that the Pink Sector seems more controlled and quiet than the rambucksious Red Sector.I also appreciated being able to see all different areas of the city. I didn’t feel “trapped.” It’s only one city, but there’s still a very nice sense of exploration.misc.I thought the art was fantastic. It’s vibrant and unique without being over the top. And the writing as a whole was very good. You can see bits and pieces where she took lyrics from, but they don’t distract from the story. Parts of the writing rhyme, which might seem odd at first. But I think it adds a subtle layer in that there is hope in creativity. For those who like to know in advance: This does contain brief scenes of nudity (exposed breasts) and swearing. But it all works. Nothing is done “for effect.”And I think that’s what I like most about Skin & Earth: It has a driving force. It’s relatively fast-paced but also manages to have a great balance of character + plot focus.It also has LGBT representation, with En being bisexual. And it’s simply a part of her character. The graphic novel doesn’t bring it to attention, and it’s kind of refreshing. Her sexuality isn’t treated as odd or unique. She isn’t solely defined by it.All in all, I would definitely recommend this graphic novel, along with the accompanying album. (Right now, you have to read it via the issues. I bought the eBook set on Amazon. A bindup is supposed to be released sometime in 2018. Also, this review is solely for the graphic novel, but the album is also amazing, of course.)
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  • Kelly Tabor
    January 1, 1970
    My daughter is a huge Lights fan and she was been waiting for this to be released. She loved it so I picked it up. I have to say I had moments of cheese and over the top dramatic, BUT, by the end I am 100% intrigued. I am pleased with how this has unfolded and will continue with this series. The art and colors is very sensual and pleasing.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    What a great concept. Combining music and story together. Great dystopian story with some supernatural elements as well. I enjoyed reading the story and listening to the accompanying music together.Advanced reading copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Raghad
    January 1, 1970
    That took a different turn than what I was expecting. Woah.
  • A Novel Love
    January 1, 1970
    My full review can be found at anovellove.co.uk!https://anovelloveblog.wordpress.com/...
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    This was really cool. It’s a sci-fi comic where the author also created an album that goes along with it. I thought the music went really well and added some atmosphere to the comic.
  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    January 1, 1970
    Had no idea what to expect and the final result blew me away. Would love to read more.
  • lexreads
    January 1, 1970
    Just as good as the first time reading each issue. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
  • Joie
    January 1, 1970
    That was a whirlwind experience.
  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful illustrations, dark and apocalyptic story, and an ending that left me hanging!
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