I have owned a Kindle for some time now and while I have known that you can get certain comics and graphic novels on it I had never bothered doing so, until today. I figured I’d give it a shot and see how it is reading a comic on a Kindle so I purchased an inexpensive graphic novel titled Little Bite: Vampire Detective by Bryan Golden.
Little Bite, which is definitely geared towards children, is about a young vampire named Novi. She is a powerful vampire in the Vampire Kingdom but she lets that power get to her head by bragging and boasting more than she should. When her spirited nature gets her into trouble with the evil Duke Nicolav, she is punished by having her magical bat wings taken away. In order to get them back and be restored to her full power, Novi must solve a series of mysteries for the Vampire Kingdom, each one more dire than the next.
…or so the description says. However, that’s so not what I got when I purchased this graphic novel. It only cost $1.99 so I assumed I wasn’t going to get much, but what I got was far less than expected. It was only 24 pages long with a handful of totally random blank pages thrown in between. The story ended before it had begun and even though it was incredibly cheap I still felt cheated by it. It would have been nice if the length was mentioned in the description, that way readers know they aren’t getting a full graphic novel. There is #1 in the title, but how are we to know that it means “Issue 1” or “Book 1?”
Sadly, that wasn’t the only issue I had with Little Bite. The one other big problem was the size of the text, it was near impossible to read certain pages because of how small the text was. I definitely won’t be buying another comic for the Kindle.
Now, in spite of all that negativity, Little Bite itself was not a bad comic. The story has great potential and what little I saw was fantastic. I’m sure the author has an excellent tale for his readers. Also, the artwork was amazing and even looked beautiful in black and white (there is a colored version available for Nook users). My favorite part was definitely the artwork, I loved it.
Overall, I definitely think Little Bite: Vampire Detective has the potential to be fantastic. Sadly, I only got a tiny taste of it. If the author were to publish this graphic novel in paperback format I would totally continue reading it, however if it stays on the Kindle in ebook format only I’ll have to pass.