Review: Coady and The Creepies by Liz Prince

Coady and The Creepies 3-- bookspoilsI got hooked on Coady and The Creepies as soon as I reached the ending of the 1st issue, simply because it went down such an unexpected road that I was quite literally left dumbfounded. Had I read the blurb the surprise would have been 100% ruined, but I thankfully went into this not knowing what the expect and it payed off so much in the end.
And I’m just now laughing at myself for thinking this would be just anther contemporary graphic novel like Giant Days and the like.

So this comic is essentially centered around sisters and bandmates Coady, Corey, and Criss as The Creepies, a trio of punk rockers determined to become the greatest band that’s ever lived. But that’s kinda tough when one of them is technically dead. As The Creepies, they’re heading out on their first tour since a freak accident left Coady eerily unscathed…fighting their way through blood-sucking promoters, fanboy zombies and ghoulish rival bands to achieve their dream. There’s only one problem…it’s hard to be the greatest band that ever lived when your drummer is…a ghost?

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Their horror pop punk band “The Creepies” includes:Coady and The Creepies 5-- bookspoils

Corey as the bassist and lead singer: she was left with a huge scar across her face during the van accident, and she hates when people make Harry Potter references at her.

Criss is the guitarist, who totally shreds despite being in a wheelchair after the accident: she is obsessed with ghost stories, urban legends, and local lore, and often bores the rest of the band to death by reading from a giant tome of the history of the supernatural.

That is to say: She’s my favorite. And I appreciate her love for the supernatural non-creepy ghosts in here.

And Coady is the drummer of the Creepies: she experienced unwanted fame from the outcome of the accident, which left her seemingly unscathed, and she often runs from the spotlight (there’s a reason why she’s behind a drum kit!) Her sisters are a little bit jealous that she was the only one who didn’t get seriously injured when their van crashed, but that’s only because they don’t know that she’s actually dead.

So I was over the moon to discover one of their songs brought to life:

But what I cherished most about the band was how both Corey and Coady reminded me immensely of the dynamic duo in The Raven Cycle: Ronan Lynch and Noah Czerny, respectively.

Corey is gay, cynical, and angry, just like Ronan. And they both enjoy shoving people off high spaces:Coady and The Creepies 7-- bookspoils

While Coady has Noah’s signature “I’m dead” reminders that this next post perfectly captured:

Examples:

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Like her sister said, she’s totally punk, even if she is super emo most of the time.

Plus, the unexpected humor in here was another pleasant surprise, which is why I have to feature another round of excerpts:

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Moving on to the star of this comic, Criss whose obsession with ghosts is all too relatable for me.

Coady and The Creepies 1-- bookspoilsNot only that but seeing this graphic novel include an important section where Criss addresses and voices her rights made my heart soar. Coady and The Creepies 10-- bookspoils

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Overall, Coady and The Creepies wasn’t without flaws, but it got a lot of important things right for which I’m more than grateful. It’s for sure a treasure not to be missed.

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.

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  • 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: SLAM! Vol. 1 by Pamela Ribon

SLAM! Vol. 1 2-- bookspoilsIn the fast-paced, hard-hitting, super cheeky, all-female world of banked track roller derby, two young women will have to decide if their budding friendship is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line.

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Reading this comic right after having watched the Netflix series GLOW felt like the perfect thing to get into next.

Similar to the above, not only do we have the badassness of derby to keep us entertained, the visuals in SLAM! are remarkably eye-catching. From the illustrations to the color palettes, it was hard not to get caught up in the world of roller derby.

And bonus points, the dialogue was actually engaging and even had its memorable laugh-out-loud moments here and there. We also have discussions about the difficulties of balancing your personal life with sports. Mom friends. Supporting friends holding posters with puns in the crow. Maintaining your friendships on and off the track. And a bunch more is included over the course of these four issues.

Also, I loved spotting the many feminist shirts in the panels:

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On that note, here are some of my favorite illustrated moments:

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SLAM! Vol. 1 5-- bookspoilsThose witty commentaries:SLAM! Vol. 1 7-- bookspoils

And those cute budding romances:SLAM! Vol. 1 8-- bookspoils

Which then leads to Maisie (aka “Can-Can”) being on cloud nine, similar to how Noora Sætre acted when she also got laid towards the end of Skam season four.SLAM! Vol. 1 10-- bookspoilsI mean, this is just a huge parallel:

Cute 2.0:SLAM! Vol. 1 11-- bookspoils

The dude even prepared a cheesy supportive poster:SLAM! Vol. 1 13-- bookspoils

And last but note least, I’ll always shout-out my fellow mom friends:SLAM! Vol. 1 12-- bookspoils

All in all: I’m ecstatic to see what’s in store for these badass ladies in the near future. I’m just sad that I have to wait nearly two months to find out what happens in the next issue.

4/5 stars

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