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Water Baby

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  591 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Brody is an unstoppable surfer girl who gets her leg bitten off by a shark and is forced to deal with her new disability--not to mention a strange, shark-like transformation that may or may not be happening to her.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Minx (first published May 1st 2008)
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Jun 08, 2008 Marissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix
Hmm. The weird thing about Sophia Campbell is that she's totally white and her main characters always seem to be vaguely asian-looking, black punk rock girls. While I definitely like seeing some strong black female characters in comics, she does draw them in a ludicrously sexualized way. They all have these pouty lips and big breasts and wear next to nothing. Also, while I know the whole Minx brand is intended to cater to teenage girls, the characters rendered here do not strike me as being at a ...more
Mar 14, 2009 jess rated it it was ok
Two stars: one of the art, one for the best intentions. Like some other people, I am working my way through the Minx books now that Minx has folded. This is probably one of my least favorite Minx titles to date. I've read a lot of them. I really wanted to love the story of the badass punk one-legged queer woman of color, but honestly, it's kind of dumb. Someone else pointed out how sexualized the WOC's bodies are - they are supposed to be teen girls, with giant breasts, running around in their u ...more
Jun 02, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I loved the art style of this book. The gist of the story was good but too often the characters didn't ring true to me. I wanted to enjoy the story as much as I loved the art, but it just wasn't there for me. Hate to say it, but it read just too much like a guy's fantasy for me.
Diana Welsch
Nov 08, 2008 Diana Welsch rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Geez, obsessed with large-breasted women much? If this author had put as much loving detail into the story as he did into the drawings of the women's bodies, this would have been much better.
For a graphic novel meant to appeal to teenage girls, it was pretty obvious that it was written by a dude. Hyper-sexualized illustrations of the female characters who seem to only wear underwear or booty shorts, all the time. The story itself was pointless and even when I tried to suspend my disbelief I didn't buy it. The only thing I enjoyed about this was the cool artwork in the dream sequences.
Jan 10, 2011 Nikki rated it it was ok
I picked up Water Baby at the library because I liked the cover art, and the story's premise. I also liked that it was targeted to teenage girls, though I'm not one. Unlike some other reviewers, I don't think the problem is the peeing or the "hypersexualized" graphics. Hell, a lot of young people are very sexual (and sexy).

I think the problem is that the book has very little depth. I would think that it would be easy enough to get some depth out of a story about recovering from an amputation, b
Mar 21, 2009 Raina rated it did not like it
Didn't even finish this title.
I admire the intent of the Minx line (recently defunct). With a major squint of the eyes. Minx books are supposed to be "cool" comic books with teen girl appeal. Most of the authors/illustrators are male, but that also (supposedly) represents the comics industry. For me though, the majority of the line just doesn't strike true.
This is a prime example. The illustration is sexed up to the point of sexist objectification, this assignment an apparent excuse for the au
Andrea LeClair
Feb 28, 2009 Andrea LeClair rated it did not like it
I hated this, though I didn't stop reading until a few pages from the end, because I liked the art and kept hoping I would like the story. I thought there were too many half-dressed women (and not even superhero-dressed, just....underwear) and some uncomfortable lesbianism-on-display. Also, I feel like you can get away with one peeing scene in a graphic novel, but certainly not more than one.
Jan 12, 2013 Kristin rated it did not like it
Shelves: fuckery
problematic as fuck.

parts of it were awesome but then it's like sure enough, the straight white dude's fantasy of brown queer women comes right through to affirm his fantasies. ok if you can totally block that out.

ugh. not impressed, ross campbell, wth!
Jun 06, 2012 Philip rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Very nice art (although sometimes it feels like we are getting too close a look into what turns Campbell on). The writing feels more like an extended anecdote rather than an actual story. It's just a bunch of stuff that happens, but what's the point?
Jul 07, 2008 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: lit-nongenre
Ross Campbell has established a very distinctive style, not just in how he renders things, but in tone, themes, and those little elements that make a writer's work recognizable. There are hot girls in tiny, punky outfits (often dirty and ragged), but the hot girls have different body types and do unhot things like pick their noses. There are some really creepy visuals. The settings are always kinda rednecky and lowdown. There's a nihilistic vibe. Some of the same bands are referenced that are re ...more
Robert Beveridge
Ross Campbell, Water Baby (Minx, 2008)

Campbell (The Abandoned) temporarily shelves his goth-rock staple Wet Moon and digs into a quick study of post-traumatic stress disorder, dysfunctional relationships, and larceny on the road in Water Baby. Facile? Absolutely, but that doesn't make it any elss worth reading.

Brody is a Florida surfer. Or she was, until she became the first victim in a string of shark attacks along the coast, leaving her with an artificial leg, a bitter outlook on life, and nig
I really wish there was more to the story, because it was really interesting and the art was beautiful. Alas, however that is all, I feel so much was unresolved, maybe it was intentional. Life doesn't always give you all the answers and sometimes all it gives you is someone just walking away.

When Brody is attacked by a shark and loses a leg, she knows that life must go on. A year later she's living with her best friend and starting to have shark infested nightmares. Then, her ex-boyfriend rolls
LH Johnson
The more I discover of the range of titles published by Minx, the sadly now departed “teen girls” line from DC, the more I think how awesome it could have been. If only, if only ….

Water Baby by Ross Campbell (writer / artist) is the latest title that I’ve finally managed to get hold of. It tells the story of Brody and her life after a shark attack.

The art is what makes this book sing. The visual phrasing in the scenes with the shark are incredible. I love graphic novels but it’s very rare I get
Jun 12, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
Water Baby is a cute graphic novel about anarchic surfer Brody (whose leg was bitten off by a shark, duh), and her kinda messed-up, kinda rag-tag friends and lovers.

Water Baby has it's moments of imagery genius, particularly in Brody's recurring shark-related nightmare sequences, and Campbell does what he does best of all here; creating a cast of diverse and real characters. Ultimately though, the dialogue lacks polish and lets the book down somewhat.

I'm a huge fan of Ross Campbell's work and w
Steven R. McEvoy
May 03, 2012 Steven R. McEvoy rated it liked it
The short-lived MINX graphic novel line was supposed to feature stories about strong women and girls and be quality graphic novels for young women. I plan on keeping most of the series set aside for my daughters for when they are older, but this is one book I will not be keeping. I found very little that is redeeming about this graphic novel. The main character has lost her leg in a shark attack; we don't know if her sour view of life and the way she treats everyone poorly was habitual before or ...more
Tim Snell
Sep 28, 2009 Tim Snell rated it it was ok
Genre: Concept/Graphic Novel
Copyright: 2008

Brody isn't your typical high school girl. One day while surfing, Brody has an unfortunate encounter with a shark and loses one of her legs. Now, she must struggle with nightmares, walking on a prosthetic, and dealing with her ex-boyfriend who shows up uninvited.

The story and artwork are great, yet, some parents may think the artwork is too "sexy" for younger readers. Characters are constantly dressed in skimpy attire and although there are no explicit
Aug 09, 2009 Abbey rated it it was ok
i wanted to love you water baby! you had everything i thought i was looking for: strong, female protagonist with queer and mixed race identities... but come on! i am just echoing what everyone else has been saying: this comic is super sexualized in terms of the artistic merit and literary merit! so unbelievable as well... and the ending? so abrupt and so unfinished. i would have preferred an in-depth exploration of brody's experiences with the shark bite (i.e. the dream sequences were amazing!) ...more
David Bales
Jun 10, 2010 David Bales rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
A rather pointless and obviously fetish-driven graphic novel about a surfer girl in Florida, who wears very few clothes, who gets her leg bitten off by a shark and hangs out with another girls who wears very few clothes. They meet up with her former boyfriend, a hopeless leech, who proceeds to eat them out of house and home; pissed off at him, they take him back to New York State and along the way meet another girl who wears very few clothes. No surprise that this graphic novel was written by a ...more
Jul 18, 2008 Robin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who like quirky graphic novels
Recommended to Robin by: reviews?
This is the most impressive graphic novel that I have read from the Minx imprint. This story about a Florida surfer girl who loses her leg to a shark is just the most interesting tale and the illustrations lend so much to the story when she has nightmares about the shark attack. I have not read anything else by Ross Campbell but I am so pleasantly surprised by this book that I had to read it straight through (and not send it to the person who had already put it on hold! Sorry Brandi!)
Jan 20, 2015 Lexi rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Story is okay - I like the dreams. The art is really cool and I like seeing queer young women of color represented in books, even when they are written by a white dude who draws them all as super sexy bisexuals. Actually, I guess I both like and don't like it. Thus three stars.
Street lit as a graphic novel. It is a weird concoction of drama and mind games due to a missing leg and an ex-boyfriend who just won't leave.
Brandi Rae
Aug 05, 2008 Brandi Rae rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I have yet to find a Minx graphic novel I haven't liked. While this one wasn't my favorite (that would be either The Plain Janes or Clubbing), it was defintely a unique book worth reading.
Feb 23, 2011 Regina rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, graphic-novels, lgbt
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May 12, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 10th grade and up
Recommended to Rebecca by: Random House newsletter
Shelves: graphic-novels
Picked this up because of the fantastic cover: who is this girl with tattoos, a shaved head, and mixed ethnicity? Turned the book over and...she is wearing combat boots and a prosthetic leg! This is another book from the Minx imprint aimed at girls. Other reviews have criticized its characters' skimpy clothing and raw language and subject matter, and I'd definitely recommend it to older teens for those reasons, but I found the story itself incredibly compelling. Queer, biracial surfer girl Brody ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Rocktopus rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
I loved the first half of this story. I love that the main characters are strong queer women of color. The story revolves around an unsoppable bad-ass young protagonist who gets her leg bitten off by a shark. Campbell sets up a great story – wherein Brody and Louisa are looking out for each other, and Brody has to adjust to life with a disability, while also dealing with PTSD from the shark attack. Then suddenly, Jake, Brody’s oblivious white privileged ex-boyfriend, who has been travelling arou ...more
Nicole Bunge
Nov 10, 2013 Nicole Bunge rated it liked it
I started reading "Wet Moon" a while ago, liked it, but saw that it was a series, and I was going to be left hanging, so I've been slowly collecting them to read all at once. So I was happy when I found this, which is pretty much set in the same world (Southern underprivileged teenagers/young adults pretty much on their own in a world devoid of adults) and a stand alone title.

I have mixed feelings about it. The characters are strong, but for teenagers, they are highly sexualized, and apparently
Aug 02, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I understand a little better why I like this book than I understand my fascination with Campbell's Wet Moon books. This is a self-contained and rather directed story about Brody, who loses her leg in a shark attack that happens while she's surfing. This story is also based in the fictional town of Wet Moon, Florida, and Brody (or a character very like her) even appears briefly in a scene in the 3rd Wet Moon book. A lot of this story focuses on teenage drama - friendships, relationships, a road t ...more
Emilia P
Dec 31, 2009 Emilia P rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Yay Minx!
Well, this probably ranked the highest on their semi-mature for mid-teens rating - it was about butch surfer girls who lived fairly independently (drinking, smoking, have jerk ex-boyfriends who came to live on their couch and barf all over their house). The main character has her leg bitten off by a shark really early on, so their semi-angsty grumping around and a grumpy/sexy road trip is intertwined with her weird dream-visions of sharks destroying her and her best friend, becoming a s
Jan 16, 2016 Lindy rated it really liked it
Brody Arakawa is a Florida surfer girl with plenty of attitude.

When a shark bites off one of her legs, she isn't going to let that slow her down. About a year after the attack, Brody's old boyfriend, Jake, comes around, but Brody says she isn't interested. She announces to her best friend and roommate, Louisa, "I'm totally goin' back to girls." Louisa has heard that before. Even though Brody gives Jake the cold shoulder, she does let him crash at her place for a night. Which turns into days of J
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