Review: Moonstruck #2 by Grace Ellis

I’ve been eagerly counting down for the release of this second piece of Moonstruck the minute, nay, the second I finished reading (and reviewing) the introducing issue. So here’s Chet with a pretty accurate visual of my reaction to beginning #2:Moonstruck #2 1-- bookspoilsIn their world full of monsters, mythological entities and fantastical creatures, this follow-up piece begs the question, “Is magic unnecessary in this world where we use magic all the time in our daily lives?” And ends on an unforeseeable note regarding our brilliant cast of characters. The creators of this comic sure know how to throw a curveball at me, I’ll give them that. Also, the story went by so fast. You start to get into it and just like that it’s over.

Speaking of which, let’s backtrack to the beginning of #2, where all this is set against a backdrop of, “werewolves Julie and Selena are heading out on a real, 3D date to a magic show (along with a peppy third-weel-slash-centaur-Chet)! There’s something not quite right about this magic show, though. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’ve got a bad feeling about this. Will our heroes make it out in one piece? Who is this Dorian guy anyway?”

First things first: The fact that we get to accompany Julie and Selena (and Chet) on their magical first date set during a magic show was… enchanting. Which so are they together:

Moonstruck #2 2-- bookspoilsMoonstruck #2 3-- bookspoilsMoonstruck #2 4-- bookspoilsI got delivered pretty much everything I wanted in terms of a cute first date. I mean:

Moonstruck #2 6-- bookspoilsSwoon.

Also, I have to note how the art in here continues to amaze me in terms of fitting to the accompanying theme. The warm colors added immensely to the magical element.

Moonstruck #2 5-- bookspoilsI still don’t have the vocabulary to explain how it so great.

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Chet is my icon who makes me want to take on the world, so I’m practically biting my nails to find out what’s next in store for my favorites. But I was more than glad to see that the characters remained just as I’d remembered them in issue #1: With biting humor and acerbic wit.

4/5 stars

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Review: Moonstruck #1 by Grace Ellis

Moonstruck 3-- bookspoilsI’ve been waiting for the first issue of this comic to drop for months now, so the arrival has been more than satisfying, to say the least.

In Moonstruck we have: Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal…werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy.

List of things that wove their way into my heart:

  • The friendship between Julie and Chet, which basically consists of puns and mom-esque advice. Which is to say that their friendship brings this story to vibrant life. Moonstruck 1-- bookspoilsThis is how you get to me because I do the exact same thing when saying goodbye.

Moonstruck 5-- bookspoils#Goals.

  • Chet’s relatable feelings of being head over heels for someone who either doesn’t feel the same way or is just completely clueless about you.

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  • The capturing art really plays to the overarching theme’s strength. I mean, need I say more:Moonstruck 4-- bookspoilsAlso, Cass is definitely another new favorite thanks to the above.
  • The world building in Moonstruck has me immensely intrigued, which rarely happens for me as of late. The whole notion of blending the magical with realism is something I’m always up for, so I’m excited to see what’s next in store for the crew.

4/5 stars

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Review: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

I went into this graphic novel a bit wary, since I had read Telgemeier’s Smile and wasn’t the biggest fan… But with this newest addition I was ecstatic to find that Drama was nothing like I’d anticipated.Drama 8-- bookspoilsCallie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

The characters in this comic seemed a lot more mature to me than the ones in Smile, so I was surprised to find that they were mostly just 7th and 8th graders. On a totally separate note, Drama had a number of enjoyable moments that left me grinning from ear to ear. The tons of laugh-out-loud moments, plus the cast of characters being a bunch of loving and dedicated kids kept me satisfied from start to finish.Drama 4-- bookspoils

Also:

  • The color schemes and palettes in Drama were vibrant, spellbinding, and incredibly fitting to the ongoing theme.

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  • I loved getting an inside look to what happens behind the theatre stage. It reminded me a lot of this incredible video I watched awhile back but still think about:
  • The exploration of sexuality and coming out. I’m sad we didn’t get to see it from the character’s perspective, but still… I loved the turn of events that lead to this iconic moment:

Drama 6-- bookspoilsDream big, kids.

  • This iconic clap-back:

Drama 11-- bookspoilsThis Callie girl is bold, like the time she auditioned for fun in front of everybody to calm down Jesse’s nerves. I love her. Drama 10-- bookspoils

On that note, I’ll wrap up my review to say one last thing: Drama is a noteworthy graphic novel jam-packed with kids full of talent, courage, and dedication. I’m excited to check out more works by Raina Telgemeier in the near future.

4/5 stars

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