Today is time for another edition of comics mini reviews! I have trouble reading full length novels lately but comics and manga’s are what I am enjoying at the moment. The comics I’m talking about today are a mix of comics I bought myself and ones I got through Netgalley for review. I’m excited to share my thoughts, so lets get in to it!
Spectacle Vol 1 – Megan Rose Gedris
I got this comic for free through Netgalley. Spectacle is about Kat and Anna, twins who are part of a traveling circus. Kat gets murdered at the start of the story and comes back as a ghost. Anna needs to solve her murder even though she’s a scientist and doesn’t even believe in ghosts.
I really enjoyed reading Spectacle and flew through it. The art work is great and I loved the colors that were used. The art is very colorful and that fits the circus theme very well.
This graphic novel has an incredibly diverse cast and a lot of interesting characters. Kat and Anna are our main characters and we do get to know them a little bit. However there is still a lot to discover! Same with the rest of the characters, I would like to know more about them in future volumes. I did really enjoyed the look we got at Carl and Lucy’s backstory.
There are a couple of mysterious things going on with the circus and nothing is predictable. It really keeps you guessing, which is great. However the story ended on a cliffhanger but also in a bit of a weird moment. I actually thought my digital copy was missing a page or two, but every review seems to mention the cliffhanger so that might just be the graphic novel 😉 I will definitely continue reading this series, but I hope we get a bit more character development in the next volume.
Spell On Wheels – Kate Leth
Spell On Wheels had been on my wishlist for a little while and when I was ordering comics this one had to be included. Somehow it did take me a while to pick it up, but once I did I flew through it. Spell on Wheels is about three young witches, who go on a road trip to retrieve their stolen stuff. The art work is very enjoyable, and for me the style was very comic-y if that makes sense? I guess it reminded me of older comics. The colors are really nice and I enjoyed the details.
I had some trouble rating this one actually. While I was super excited to read this after hearing some friends gushing about it, I didn’t absolutely love it. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, but I guess I was just a bit underwhelmed by the plot. I did really like the characters and loved their friendship. There was a nice diversity in the main characters in terms of race, sexual orientation and body type. The diversity might be one of my favorite things about this one. I love anything with magic and never pass up on a good road trip. However the plot was super simple, they visited a couple of people who bought up their stolen stuff and ended up finding and confronting the thief. It was pretty straight forward with some fun little turns at the different places. I wish we were getting more stories with these characters because that was really the strong suit here, as of now that doesn’t seem to be the case unfortunately. Even though the plot wasn’t what I was expecting I would still recommend this comic!
Anya’s Ghost – Vera Brosgol
This is another one that had been on my wishlist for a while. I think we mentioned the MG event in a FB group we’re both a part of before, Anya’s Ghost was one of the books I read for that event. And also bought for it haha, I needed an excuse 😉 Anya’s Ghost is about Anya (duhhh), she falls down a hole and finds a skelet. Attached to that skelet is a ghost, a ghost Anya takes home and slowly befriends.
This graphic novel was amazing but I personally wouldn’t classify it as Middle Grade. Most of the topics are great for middle graders to read about but I also want to mention there was a lot of smoking, drinking at parties, and some cheating and I don’t think that’s something I would personally recommend to a middle grader. With that out of the way, I absolutely loved the story. It was a perfect creepy, eerily ghost story and it was not predictable at all. I flew through the story and would definitely read it again. This is another one with good diversity. Anya has a pretty normal body type and isn’t skinny at all. She has a body like a lot of teenagers have, but one we don’t see all the time. I think it’s so important for girls to see all kinds of body types. The art is simple but great and it’s all in blue, white, black, and grey, something that works really well. Just talking about it makes me want to read it again! Highly recommend.
These were a couple of the comics I have been reading lately. Did you read any of these? Or do you want to after reading my reviews? Let me know in the comments!