At times, I’ve previously done some “minis” – shorter reviews of a similar category or theme (ie. YA e-novellas, Paris e-novellas) so today I’ve got a compilation of some graphic novels that I read over the last couple months that are now out!
This sequel to last year’s debut graphic novel by Derek Kirk Kim continues the story with Andy adjusting to his life in the alien zoo and realizing that he’s been tricked into staying forever. He befriends someone in a neighbouring “cage” and convinces the aliens to bring in his lady love to keep him company.
Like with the first one that I reviewed last year, I absolutely adored this second volume. I have become such a fan of Derek Kirk Kim’s wit, humour and style of drawing. The lines are detailed and crisp and clean, the use of just black and white and his use of space is fantastic. The antics keep coming and amidst the sarcasm and funny moments is heart. There are some touching moments that just shine through with how earnest they are.
A girl bumps into a street vendor, a cute young guy who sells food from a cart, and is intrigued by him. She starts dating him when a group of girls all approach her and warn her off of him due to his romantic past.
The illustration style is very cute, almost reminiscent of Archie or Zits comics at times and the story is quite a good one. The often-times nastiness of the comments from the girls and the extent to which they try to convince one girl to not date someone is a bit uncomfortable at some points. Perhaps that while the title of this graphic novel first attracted me to it, I don’t find it necessarily a very appealing one to go with this story. It’s a contemporary tale that seems a bit trivialized and generalized with the “cute girl” label.