It’s been quite a few months since my last graphic novels review post but I’ve recently read some fantastic ones in the last month that I’m excited to share with everyone.
Originating as an online comic, Tamaki has collected the many years’ worth of stories into this book. Following young mutants with powers, including the new cat in school, the stories tell more of life as a teenager than the magical powers themselves.
I had initially been hooked right from the awesome name of this graphic novel. At the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) earlier this year, I had the opportunity to ask Tamaki about whether X-Men or Harry Potter had inspired this, to which she said she actually has only seen some of the Harry Potter movies. While there is a bit of a connecting story arc through this collection of comics, for the most part they are multi-paneled relative standalones. The stories are full of angst and ennui, love and drama which, despite the magical mutant element, makes for an entertaining and surprisingly relatable read.
In a collection of witty and humour standalone comics, Gemma Correll tackles all the frets and anxieties that a worrier faces head on. Categorized into 8 chapters including Whining & Dining and Worryin’ 9-5: Angst for Grown-Ups, no worry topic is left untouched.
This was hilarious. Whether you are a constant worrier or occasional fretter, this book will be sure to make you laugh. I loved Correll’s humour. The cheeky and sarcastic commentary, poking fun and then some. You’ll smile at the parts that ring true, you’ll laugh at the parts that are more outlandish. Fun read.
Barbara Gordon moves to the neighbourhood of Burnside after all her belongings were destroyed in a fire. Becoming acquainted with her new friends and creating a new life, Barbara – as Batgirl – tackles a technological age of dangers and enemies while the alter ego grows in social media fame.
I loved this! In all honesty, I’m not as familiar with the DC universe, but after hit shows like The Flash, Arrow and Gotham, I’m definitely more interested. After meeting the writers & illustrators at TCAF this year, I was excited to check out their take on the Batgirl story. I had always loved this character, anxiously waiting to see if she would appear in the opening credits of the Adam West Batman series, which would mean she would be in that episode.
This first volume collects issues #35-40 and provides a great introduction to the story arc. Having not read anything prior to this, it didn’t confuse me too much with continuity and storylines. There had only been one moment where, not being familiar with all the cast of characters, I was confused to what was going on but it was later explained.