Fade to Oblivion – First Impressions (No Spoilers) – Volumes 2 and 3

by Abdul Hussain (H/T Fahim Ferdous Promi for the material)

In my First Impressions write-up of the Volume 1 of the novelization of the Fade to Oblivion story, I felt that the story as a whole has started off tremendously in spite of the low fantasy misconceptions that I have had when I was reading the Volume 1 novelization for the very first time, as I have initially thought that the story was based on a universe that is more akin to a work of fiction like The Lord of the Rings, which has completely fictional settings that are unlike what humans are familiar with, than 24 (the latter series), or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), both of which is based in real-world locations, but has some fictional countries while still being set, or inspired by real-world geographical places. If you have not read my First Impressions write-up for Volume 1 of this story, then I suggest you do so first, before you continue reading this First Impressions piece.

Now, as the novel was split into separate issues in the same way as the comic adaptation of this story, the story almost immediately starts off without any hesitation whatsoever with regards to story build-up, which can catch the readers off-guard if they have not read Volume 1 for some time, though simultaneously and understandably, having a slow, or tardy build-up will annoy the potential readers more than immediately getting into the action, so in a multi-issue release, an immediate start is much more sensible than a “slow-burn” approach.

As for the action-packed scenes, especially the fight scenes within the novelization, the scenes in question have been meticulously described, with the author, Fahim Ferdous Promi, showing that he has massive amounts of knowledge in the realms of martial arts, at least from a spectatorial perspective, which is largely helped by his background, and it shows in the story, and the way the characters develop and express their emotions in the story are grounded, and believable, without any awkward story-writing flaws that would make the prospective readers question the author’s story-writing abilities, and all of these aspects have been written in such a way that the readers will be able to immerse themselves into the settings and locations within the story, and its characters in a near-trance-like manner.

However, for a first-time story effort, apart from the low fantasy that has initially made me question the settings and the existence of some of the pop culture references, in which I have eventually understood when I found out what the story is based on, which is that the story is set around 2010, with some fictionalized elements, I cannot think of any downsides when reading Volumes 2 and 3 of the story, especially when considering that this story is a first-time effort.

All in all, the story continues from where it left off on a very strong note, even though my views on Volumes 2 and 3 are chiefly the same as Volume 1 of the novelized story, and it maintains its momentum effortlessly, in which I dearly hope that this trend continues in the future.

For those who want to check out the story and the updates on the project, you can go to Script’s Facebook page or their Twitter page, and if you want to monetarily support Script, you can do so via its Patreon page here. Also, full disclosure: volumes 2 and 3 of the novelized story have been given to me by Fahim Ferdous Promi for reviewing purposes, as stated in the Volume 1 First Impressions write-up.

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