Wicked Lovely (Desert Tales Vol. 1): Sanctuary – Melissa Marr
This is the first part of a story (parallel to the books, not a retelling) about Rika, one of the girls who came before Ash in the long line of humans that Summer King Keenan tried to make his curse-breaking Queen. After being released from her part in the game by the next in line, Donia, she retreated to the desert to hide from the faerie courts and the cold. Now she likes to invisibly follow around a handsome human boy. But he gets tangled up in faerie politics when she makes herself visible to save his life.
I am comfortable with the visual language of most comics, but not so comfortable with manga, and this book (published by Tokyopop) was often visually difficult for me to follow. Also, and maybe it’s just more of my biases showing, I thought this skewed younger than the series it’s connected to but don’t think it has much appeal other than to readers of Wicked Lovely. I think one of Marr’s strengths is at constructing secondary characters, but this ultimately feels like more of a cynical marketing ploy than a true story expanding her world.