ARC review of Chimera #1 by Tyler Ellis

Chimera: Book One – The Righteous and the Lost by Tyler Ellis

Published on the 20th of June


Graphic novel, Sci-fi


I received an ARC of Chimera from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Netgalley and the publisher!).

Chimera tells about a crew of thieves who have been hired to collect a magical artifact in a world that is ripped apart by an interstellar war. There are creepy religious leaders, aliens, talking dragons, and characters with complex motives – what more can you want from a sci-fi graphic novel!

Overall, Chimera is easy to describe by comparing it to the widely popular Saga. As in Saga, we follow multiple POVs and plot-lines that are wound together. The result is an action-packed but beautifully told story. Chimera is also similarly explicit with the violence and swearing, but dissimilarly to Saga, there are no explicit sex scenes (at least so far). Even the art-style in Chimera and Saga are quite alike!

Nimetaaön kuva

I fell in love with this graphic novel. The world is incomprehensibly complex in its politics and vastness, and the characters are anything but black-and-white. No one is all-good or all-bad, which means that the story could go anywhich way at this point! Nevertheless, the first volume is easy to get into. In the short span of 164 pages I had enough time to get invested in the characters and I fell in love with their wittiness. In that short time I also managed to get my heart-broken by this graphic novel.

Chimera has a lot to offer for many readers. I think it is perfect for Saga-fans, but it is easily approachable even for those who don’t read much graphic novels. I was kept on the edge of my seat for the entire time I spent reading it, and I can’t wait for the second installment!

Chimera is out on the 20th of June so just a couple days before you can get your hands on it. Highly recommend!


Do you read graphic novels or comics?

Thank you so much for reading!

– Pauliina


7 thoughts on “ARC review of Chimera #1 by Tyler Ellis”

  1. I’m in two minds about graphic novels. On the one hand, I don’t like the idea of not being able to imagine the setting myself. On the other hand, I can appreciate the artwork for its own sake. I should probably just give it a go. Chimera certainly sounds like a great entry-level graphic novel for someone who’s dipping their toes.

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    1. Yep I definitely recommend Chimera for getting to know the graphic novel area if you don’t mind the violence and swearing. I think that some stories are better told as novels and others need the illustrative aspect of a graphic novel 🤔 I sometimes read a book or a comic and think it would work better as the opposite medium!


  2. If you like this, I would really recommend you the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi (it’s also a graphic novel series). Although it’s more fantasy (but it does have sci-fi factors as well, and even looks like this graphic novel that you just reviewed), it has one of the best plot, worldbuilding, suspense, and just hands down not just the best graphic novel I’ve ever read but one of the best STORY I’ve read ever. Amazing storytelling, and just amazing everything. You should really check it out.

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