This is a group I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed quicker. I have read so, so many graphic novels these last few months — some great, some not, so let me share some of my thoughts with you!
Books reviewed below:
- Cosmoknights, vol. 1 by Hannah Templar
- Snotgirl, vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks
- Perséphone by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky
Synopsis from Goodreads:
For this ragtag band of space gays, liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game.
Pan’s life used to be very small. Work in her dad’s body shop, sneak out with her friend Tara to go dancing, and watch the skies for freighter ships. It didn’t even matter that Tara was a princess… until one day it very much did matter, and Pan had to say goodbye forever. Years later, when a charismatic pair of off-world gladiators show up on her doorstep, she finds that life may not be as small as she thought. On the run and off the galactic grid, Pan discovers the astonishing secrets of her neo-medieval world… and the intoxicating possibility of burning it all down.
I’ll be super honest here: I have a really difficult time liking Western graphic novels — I tend to rate them low while loving comics out of Japan. This book has renewed my hope!
Seriously I loved this one and I’m super excited for more. Princesses are saving themselves and other princesses through a gladiator tournament– space-style. It has action, wonderful artwork, fantastic and well-developed characters, and a story that has me hooked.
If you like cute artwork, fun characters (most of which are queer!), and a great beginning to a story, then you need to check this one out. Can I just recommend it to everyone??? Please, go read this!
Green Hair Don’t Care
(Snotgirl, vol. 1)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Who is Lottie Person?
Is she a gorgeous, fun-loving social media star with a perfect life or a gross, allergy-ridden mess? Enter a world of snot, blood, and tears in this first collection from New York Times Best Seller Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds) and dazzling newcomer Leslie Hung!
I had such high hopes for this one. The problem is, I have a difficult time liking books that feature unlikable and/or unreliable narrators and this one features both. Lottie is pretty self-absorbed and SUPER judgy! The way she treats people based on their looks makes it impossible for me to care about her, at all. Then throwing in the plot with her meds… I’m not even sure what is going on and that isn’t something I usually like.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
What if their last shift was an adventure?
Okay, I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of positive reviews on this one, so I’ll keep this one short and sweet.
The artwork? Fantabulous and wonderful. I loved just looking at the frames and would even flip back to other pages.
The story??? Sweet as apple pie! I giggled, laughed, and smiled my way through this one.
Characters? Amazing and cuddle-worthy. I just want to keep them safe.
This one might become a yearly read– a great fall read that isn’t scary. The romance is adorable and so is the friendship. I recommend this to anyone wanting to read something sweet.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
French author Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky presents a modern-day retelling of the Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone in an exciting universe that blends high-fantasy adventure with visuals reminiscent of Japanese anime and 1950s American-style comics. Persephone may be the adopted daughter of the famous magician Demeter, but she struggles to find her place alongside such a force of nature. Persephone’s desire to find out where she belongs takes her on an epic adventure deep into the Underworld, where she’ll discover who—or what—she is.
I saw this one is a retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth and without even reading it was about, I decided to read it.
This is such an interesting take and I’m not sure if I’d call it a retelling per say, although many of the elements are similar. It is modern, there is magic, and the underworld is real– we know because there was a war! Persephone is trying to get out of her mother’s shadow and figure out how to be herself– not who everyone thinks she should be. This story did not go at all the way I thought it would. It is different, interesting, and an adventure from start to finish.
Definitely worth the read!