New year and new graphic novels! I’ve been lucky to have started off 2015 with some great ones that I’m excited to share, even though some of these have been out for some time now.
In this first issue, we’re introduced to five teenage girls who are away for the summer. These best friends are spending their days at Lumberjanes scout camp solving mysteries and fighting paranormal creatures.
This is a really cute all-ages comic. I liked the supernatural aspect to an otherwise regular summer camp-type story. The characters are diverse, the dialogue is fun and the illustrations are cute. The first issue is only 24 pages, so there isn’t a whole lot more to go on here except that I need to get the other issues ASAP to see what adventures these five girls get into next!
Alison (aka Mega Girl) is a former superhero who has stepped away from the scene for years after she becomes jaded. She’s now trying to fit in as a regular college student while still attempting to save the world without the use of her powers. This graphic novel is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring the webcomics into a printed volume.
I think this one left me a bit conflicted. I liked it, but there were aspects of it that I didn’t. It’s certainly an interesting concept with a lot of heavier subjects on morality and one’s “duty”. The bottom of pages had some side commentary footnotes which at first were fun/funny but I felt didn’t always work. While the title was what initially caught my eye, I don’t necessarily think it reflects accurately what the graphic novel is overall.
12 gods are reincarnated as humans every ninety years, to live like pop stars before dying after 2 years. A young girl attending an event to see one god gets chosen into the group and becomes witness to more than she thought she would. Volume 1 collects issues #1-5 of the graphic novel series.
It’s really hard to put into words the synopsis of this but I loved it. The concept is compelling and interesting, the art is gorgeous, reminding me of Y: the Last Man. I also loved the diversity in the characters, not just with ethnicity but style and gender roles too. There were some shocking moments that completely caught me off guard. It doesn’t hold back on the dark and slightly violent events that take place but it definitely sparked my interest more and I’m now a new fan. As soon as I was done this, I probably recommended it on Goodreads to everyone I knew who liked graphic novels.