Review | The Backstagers vol. 2: The Show Must Go On – James Tynion IV

It has been quite a while since I read the first volume of The Backstagers and I figured it was finally time to read the second volume. This volume can be found on Scribd so that is where I read it. Since this is a graphic novel, this review won’t be super long, so let’s jump in!

Review | The Backstagers vol. 2: The Show Must Go On – James Tynion IV

All the world's a stage . . . but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic—literally!
Jory and the rest of the Backstagers have one goal this semester: to put on the best show their town’s ever seen. But best laid plans aren’t easy to achieve when there’s an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain! When one of the actors suddenly goes missing, the Backstagers must band together to save their comrade and maintain the natural balance of . . . theater. 
James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods) and artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) explore what it means to be an outcast looking to find one’s place in an earnest story of friendship and self-expression.

The Backstagers, Vol. 2: The Show Must Go On by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh
Published by BOOM! Box on 13/02/2018
Pages: 112

If you haven’t heard of this series before, we follow the tech crew of a high school musical group. It’s a fun group made up of all very different individuals and they don’t just provide all the technical needs for the musical. They also go through this backstage door every now and then and get into some magical shenanigans.

The magical backstage door connects to hallways, doors and worlds and as I said in my first review, I absolutely loved that concept. There is also so much you can do with it so I was hoping for a lot more volumes in this series. We get some different rooms in this second volume compared to the first one and I liked seeing more of this magical concept.

In the first volume the characters didn’t feel that fleshed out yet and we do get to know them a bit more in this second one. Especially towards the ending we see some more sides of the characters, which I really enjoyed. Jory feels like he is the main character and is definitely the most fleshed out. We also have some great representation in this series and I really liked that.

Compared to the first volume, this plot felt a bit more high stakes, which I liked! Some parts of the story went a bit fast for my liking and I wouldn’t have mind it if this was all a bit more stretched out. This would’ve also meant more time to develop the characters more and I think overall it would’ve made the series better. Still, it was very enjoyable!

The art is great and I especially loved the use of the colors. It all gives off this magical and very cute feel. I think it fits the story very well in that regard. Of course it all depends on your personal taste, but this was definitely to my liking.

An enjoyable read about a cute and diverse tech crew. I loved the magical aspect and do still recommend this series! There is a third volume that I definitely want to read! Have you read any of the Backstagers yet? Do you plan on reading the series? Let me know in the comments!

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