Goodreads Rating: 3.83 Stars
Image Comics Publishing
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Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 creator Steven T. Seagle returns to comics with New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein for a new graphic novel!
Reluctant Skye is accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp. Not wanting to please her “step monster,” Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. That won’t be a problem, as everyone at Camp Midnight-with the exception of fellow camper and fast-friend Mia-is a full-fledged monster! The perfect book for fans of Raina Telgemeier’s “Smile, ” but wish it had more bowls of gooey eyeballs.
Quick Reasons: super adorable, in a slightly dark way; LOVE the moral lessons being passed along throughout; gorgeous artwork and color-choice; unique, entertaining characters; a fun and beautifully crafted “coming of age” tale; full of snark, sass, and all things attitude-y
Huge thanks to Steven T. Seagle, Image Comics Publishing, and Netgalley for granting me (and literally anyone else who wants it!) access to this title in exchange for an honest review. This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this graphic novel. Also, special shout-out to Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews for telling me (in very loud caps and no uncertain terms) that I needed to read this ASAP. Thank you, Lauren—without you… Well, I’d have probably read it eventually anyway, but hey, I appreciate the push!
First off: the artwork in this book? Absolutely gorgeous. On top of this, the color scheme is unique and stands out from other graphic novels I’ve read (so far, at least). The beautiful choice in pallet helps set the atmosphere—dark, sort of mysterious, edging just slightly toward “horror” while not quite crossing the line. The artwork and color choice alone immediately told me this wasn’t going to be the same as anything I’ve read before.
The characters are also pretty unique. I had a ton of fun following Skye on her journey into the dark and unknown. Her snark and sass kept me entertained and helped to break up the mysteriousness and “dark” mood—at least slightly, as Skye’s sense of humor does toe the line of dark. The rest of the motley crew were vibrant, individualized, and just as creatively written.
Mostly, though, I was impressed with the level of insight and sensitivity that the morals being questioned and passed along throughout this read were given. There was only one small detail I felt wasn’t explained adequately…but it’s such a minuscule thing, I don’t feel it effected the read at all for me in the end.
Overall, this was a wildly entertaining and humorous read—with some pretty deep morals to boot! I definitely recommend this to lovers of graphic novels, snarky characters, and coming-of-age tales. Trust me, you don’t want to pass this one up!