Graphic Novel Review: Songs for the Dead Vol. 1 by Andrea Fort, Michael Heron, & Sam Beck

Bethany is a bard and a necromancer who want to use her necromancy for good and find others like her who can help. While looking to bring the murderers of a missing boy to justice, she ends up teaming up with a mercenary and they start traveling together, getting into all new sorts of trouble.

Graphic Novel Review : Songs for the Dead Vol. 1 by Andrea Fort | reading, books, graphic novels, high fantasy
Title: Songs for the Dead Vol. 1
Book Number: Volume 1
Pages: 142
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*

This was a fun little graphic novel, and I enjoyed it!

First things first, the artwork was clear, detailed, in full color, and a pleasure to look at.

The characters were cute. The protagonist was a naive, adventurous necromancer/bard who was followed around by strangely cute half-decomposed dead animals and who occasionally brought people back to life-ish. The other main character was a sarcastic, violence-loving mercenary. They were an unlikely, oddly matched little duo (which was part of the fun) who rubbed off on each other a bit as the story went on. There was no romance hinted at, between them or with anyone else, but I don’t know what might happen in future volumes.

There was the occasional bit of humor that made me smile, but do be warned there was also some graphic violence.

According to the publisher, this is an LGBT+ comic, though I’m not sure what the specific rep is since nothing was indicated in this volume.

The story was a bit rushed and didn’t delve too deeply into characters or relationships or the world, but this was an enjoyable start to a fun high fantasy comic series with some great potential.


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  1. Greg

    I’m at the point now where GN art has to be good- if it’s muddy or hard to follow or just bad, I’m over it. Glad to hear this was a joy to look at. And a necromancer mercenary? Nice and unique. I’ve tried so many hyped GN’s lately- Rat Girls, Lumberjanes, some other stuff, and a lot of it’s just been meh for me. This one sounds good.

    Plus I love bards lol.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, I rarely read comics if I don’t really like the art. And it also has to be easy to understand what’s going on. But this heart was great, and the characters were fun 🙂

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    Hmm…I’m curious what the LGBT+ rep will be. I do like oddly matched characters though; it’s the whole opposites attract idea, even if they aren’t in a romantic relationship. Thanks for sharing – sounds like a good start to a new series.


    1. Kristen Burns

      I’m curious too. I would guess either f/f since both characters are women, or maybe ace/aro since there was no romance in this one. Either way it was a cute start to a series!

  3. Daniela Ark

    ha I like how the characters sound! Especially the “strangely cute half-decomposed dead animals” yup that woul dbe a special kinda cuteness LOL. Necromancers, mercenaries, decomposed animal. Sounds like something I would love 🙂 (SMH!)