The plot of Makeshift Miracle isn’t a new one. Teenage boy finds naked girl and brings her home. There’s something about this girl, and she needs protection from the boy. Fairly standard opening for a lot of mangas (DearS and Chobits, for example).
The art in this graphic novel is very remniscent of so many mangas I recall reading when I was younger, with the added bonus of the gorgeous watercolour. I inititally put this on my kobo, but when I realised that it was coloured I had to read it at the computer instead where I could look at the beautiful artwork in colour.
Colby was very easy to identify with, even if I’m the kind of person with the blog and the text messaging. However, Colby suddenly changed his opinion about posting things online and having a blog, which made him come across as an unreliable narrator. Iris’ confusion was endearing, but I wasn’t a fan of so much nudity. I get that the trope is for her to be naked, but I would have appreciated the clothing sooner.
I think this was an interesting start, and it posed a lot of questions that will hopefully be answered in the following volumes. The basic premise isn’t original, unfortunately, which made it seem a bit weaker than it could be, but on the other hand, it started to get a bit stronger plot wise near the end of this volume.
I was a little shocked at the lack of character information right off the bat, since that is something I am accustomed to seeing in manga, and not knowing one of the character’s names until you’re skimming through the sketchbook isn’t a good sign, especially if the character has been around for more than just a couple pages.
*Full disclosure, I received a free copy of this graphic novel from NetGalley.*