By Arnold Arre
Mythology class is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Arnold Arre. It tells the tale of 10 UP students who received an odd pamphlet inviting them to join a Mythology class. Everyone goes to join the class out of curiosity and finds out that they are the chosen students who are capable of seeking and capturing enkantos lurking in the city. They accept the challenge and go on a quest to slay and capture creatures of local myth and folklore.
This is the first Filipino graphic novel I have read. There are a lot of things going on along the story but all in all, I can definitely say that this novel is made with a lot of research done to come up with a strong plot that tackles local folklore.
1. The plot of the story is great. If you read the blurb about the book, it kind of gives you a push to read it. It’s very interesting to see how a story unfolds which includes tales that you are familiar with.
2. Every description of enkantos and heroes were done in detail and gives you an impression that the writer has done a well job in his research.
3. It was a bit confusing that there were a lot of characters throughout the novel with each having a distinct backstory. Each character was kind of too strong and loud and felt like they were all trying to outdo each other. It was chaotic but I guess it all panned out as the story progressed.
4. Why was I not surprised at the possibility of a budding romance between characters? I found this one a typical Pinoy touch.
5. I know this sounds shallow but I do hope that the handwritten words improve.The illustration though looks surreal for me and I have nothing but great admiration for the work.
6. I found it odd that everything was narrated in English but there were snippets of Tagalog phrases/sentences at untimely settings. I think it would have been better if the language was built up as either English, Tagalog or Taglish from the beginning.