Aug 29, 2017

Graphic Novel Review--Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers' leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the series.

Marissa Meyer’s Wires and Nerve brings The Lunar Chronicles to life in full illustrated glory! With the help of Doug Holgate, The Lunar Chronicles becomes real. This story stars our favorite android Iko as she works to help save the world and keep her friends safe. Levana’s wolf-hybrid soldiers that were at the final battle have disbanded and escaped to earth. But they’re causing chaos and basically making relations between earth and Luna an even greater mess.

In comes Iko who’s ready to help save the day! With her friends tied up in their other obligations and roles, Iko is ready to prove herself a hero. Since it seemed she was left out of the story when it came to the eight heroes who saved earth and Luna. The wolf-hybrids need to be stopped and Iko is the one to do it!

But it seems there’s one hybrid, Lysander, who’s different from the rest. He seems to have maintained more of his humanity than the others, except he’s really, really angry. He’s mad at Levana for having turned him into a monster and he’s furious at Cinder for “refusing” to turn him and the others back. He’s convinced she knows how to do it and he plans on hurting all her friends on earth in order to get her to do what he wants.

Iko will be forced to accept the help of the guard, Kinney, whom Cinder sent to help Iko out. These two butt heads quite a bit, but I am curious to see where things will go between them.

It was great fun seeing the gang again! Though they are not all together, we do get to see them all in their separate places. I initially thought that Wires and Never would take place after Something Old, Something New, but it actually takes place BEFORE. As some things that happened in that story, haven’t quite happened here! But it’s no biggie really which one you read first. I quite enjoyed seeing Cress and Thorne too! I guess I can relate to Cress because she lived a sheltered life and didn’t get to interact with people too much. While I didn’t have the former, the latter definitely can describe me as well! Lol. And for some reason, seeing Thorne’s antics in drawing format was just delightful! I had more than a few chuckling out loud moments.

I guess one complaint I have about this one was the coloring. I’m fine with some graphic novels being in black and white though I prefer color. This one, however, was done in shades of blue. Which was fine for the most part, but then there were times when it became hard to see what we were looking at because it looked like a blue blob! Or when there was spilled liquid, we were to know that it was blood and not water or something! Here full on color pages would’ve been a blessing! Honestly, I would be giving this one a full 5 stars if it had been color. The blood took a few moments longer to realize what it was, but the other time or two when I was trying to see through a mess of blue to some innate detail, that took a bit longer to get through.

Despite that issue, I did really enjoy this! Iko was always a fun and lovable character! And I love seeing her in her escort body! Granted, yes, she’s in escort body, but this is Iko so you pretty much forget about that detail and just enjoy watching Iko be mostly human and dance and wear all the awesome clothes she’s admired over the years.

Then there’s this possible romance thing going on with Kinney. Granted when they two finally collide, there’s only a few pages left. But Kinney and Iko don’t really get along, you could say. These two are likely to butt heads over the course of this series (not sure how long it will be at this point!). But there’s definitely some tension between them…that gets noted…twice!

This is a new way of experiencing The Lunar Chronicles and I, for one, cannot wait to see Iko have her moment in the sun and watch her kick butt too! Go Iko!


Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars


  1. Wait ? This book is shaded in blue ? That's different. I really enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles so I want to read this to get a "visual" on what the world looks like.

  2. Oh man, I so want to read this one! Cool to know that this one is fully shaded in blue! I loved Iko so I'm sure to adore this one if she's in it a lot. :) Thanks for the review!

    Cass @ Words on Paper


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