Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: Raincoast Books
Wires and Nerve takes up the reins of the story where the short story (as collected in Stars Above) leaves off. I am assuming you have read the entire Lunar Chronicle series before you start reading this review because otherwise be warned that you will be spoiled.
Most of the major players in the original series have been paired off and are living out their own versions of happily ever after–or well, sort of. Cinder is still trying to wrap things up before she returns to earth and hopefully Kai but all the rest of the princesses have their princes charming close by. The only other person not so pleased with their lot in in life is Iko who is neither a princess nor human as she is often reminded. But she is not entirely robotic either as she does have a personality and thoughts of her own. She is most certainly not a machine and while people will probably dislike and argue the notion, she does have feelings and thoughts that are own and not a result of a program.
Anyway, Wires and Nerve concerns itself with the hybrid wolf-soldiers that remained on earth after the evil queen was brought down. Suddenly free and with no direction, these soldiers have resorted to committing violence on earthlings, behaving like the animals they have been accused of being. Iko volunteers to return to earth and round up these soldiers and the graphic novel is an accounting of her adventure and troubles with said mission. There are lengthy cameos by the main characters of the previous books.
Iko’s dilemma is an interesting and compelling one and I am deeply interested in her conflict. Is she a person or is she a machine? If she is a machine, can she be a person? Who do you define a person anyway? Add to the narrative, a power hungry soldier who gathers all other hybrid soldiers into an army gunning for Cinder and a Lunar soldier who is unwillingly interested in her, and the story becomes even more interesting.
The art, admittedly, is not my favourite and neither is the colour palette. However, the story is strong enough that I was able to look the art and enjoy it.