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Emily and the Strangers Volume 1: Battle of the Bands

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  23 reviews
In order to win a legendary haunted guitar, Emily is determined to create the most rockin' song the world has ever known! But can she do it solo? Emily isn't known for playing well with others, but she's going to have to rely on the help of some strangers if she's going to succeed on her musical journey to the true heart of rock 'n' roll! Emily the Strange creator Rob Rege ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Dark Horse Books
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Mesho 👾
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I've been reading Emily the Strange since I was a teen. This volume was cute, but definitely not my favorite.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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Amir at NotSoLiterary
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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3.5 Stars

Although this is my first Emily the Strange graphic novel, I have always liked her as a character. For those who are not familiar with who she is, here’s her official description on her website:

Emily is: An Artist, A Dreamer, An Inventor, A Scientist, A Skater, A Rocker and An Individual!

Emily’s not your average thirteen year-old-girl. Pink is her worst nightmare…she wears the same black dress every day. She loves math and science. Her best friends are her four BLACK CATS! She’s into old rock & punk, but also digs newer bands like Mwebsite:
Emily ...more
Wayne McCoy
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Emily the Strange gets her own comic mini-series, and it's not bad. 'Emily and the Strangers Volume 1' gives us some more background about Emily. She's a mad inventor, she hates pink, she has a menagerie of cats, and she's antisocial enough not to want to play well with others. Unfortunately, she's going to have to learn to.

When one of Emily's favorite musicians, Professa Kraken, dies. She finds out about a contest where she can when his guitar, a strange steampunk invention with mul
Bruce Gargoyle
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I received a digital copy of this graphic novel for review from the publisher via Netgalley.

Ten Second Synopsis:
Emily yearns to win the haunted guitar of the late, great Professor Kraken, but in order to achieve her dream she has to conquer her greatest challenge....working with others!

What a fun read! This is the first Emily comic that I've tried, having previously read the novels featuring the character. The art in this format greatly adds
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Thanks to NetGalley for the digital copy! Off first impressions, I thought this story sounded really cute and something fun, light, and easy to read. The plot was one that intrigued me and I was excited. I was thoroughly enjoying seeing Emily give her best efforts to win a contest - the prize being a guitar previously owned by the late rock god, Professa Kraken. It was a shame that after I got about 1/4 through, everything went downhill from there. I found it hard to get into, felt confused at t ...more
Lady Entropy
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Emily Strange is a quite interesting character, especially on her novels. I fell in love with her due to the creativity of the concepts and the skill of the writer and I hoped some of it would have transferred into this GN.

However, this book just falls painfully short. It's a small story about how Emily decides to create a band (all colour-coded for convenience), but the story basically is resumed to: Emily gathers a bunch of strangers to make a band, the band doesn't work, she summo
Aliya Schwerner
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Thank you, Netgalley, for allowing me to preview and review Emily and the Strangers. Emily is back!! Feeling slightly "off" and unsatisfied with many of her creations, Emily decides the only way she can get her mojo back is if she wins a guitar once owned by the late Professa Kraken. Of course, Emily wins, however, one small caveat to the contest is that she must participate in a battle of the bands. Problems arise when Emily, used to working by herself, must work with others in order to keep th ...more
Lucie Paris
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love the character of Emily Strange and it is with great pleasure that I immersed myself in this comic.
The synopsis looked fun and promising. The cover was beautifully illustrated so, I was hoping to have a good time.

Unfortunately, I was soon disappointed by the story. Too messy! Too much confusion and bickering that show Emily as very bossy and inflexible woman.

It's a shame that the story is confusing because the moral is that we need others to succeed and that some project can not be done
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: htt, graphic-novels
Fun read. Emily has aspirations of being a rock star. When she hears that the guitar from one of her idols is being given away as a prize for a song writing contest, she decides to enter. As Emily writes the song her cats create some chaos & she thinks all is lost. She later discovers, as she's listening to the radio, that her song has been submitted after all & she has won. In order to keep the guitar however she now needs to win the battle of the bands. She meets Evan, an intern at the ...more
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
The biggest drawback with the book is that Emily is kind of a pill, and yet part of her journey in the book is kind of learning to be less of a pill, and be able to play with others, literally, in a band.

I adore the artwork. They sets create effective atmosphere, generally with muted colors but popping when it needs to. I like the Escher influence, and I love how everything is crawling with cats. At first I was trying to figure out the significance of why more cats kept turning up, a
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Emily loves cats, improbable inventions and rock music, and she prefers to do everything on her own.
Will she join a group of "strangers", to play rock together and create the most wonderful sound in the world?

A nice comic book, for youngsters and fans of Emily the Strange.

Thanks to Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors for the preview!


Emily adora i gatti, le invenzioni strampalate e la musica rock, e preferisce fare tutto per conto suo.<
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2014
Emily is back and better then ever! The artwork in this new look at Emily the Strange is fantastic. The story is interesting and easy to follow.

I wish this was around when I was a kid and first introduced to Emily. I have always been a huge fan. As a reluctant reader this book would have had me hooked and wanting to read more.

This Emily book reminds me of the old Sabrina the teenage witch comics. Emily's the bad girls Sabrina.

A fantastic read. I can't wait fit
Mar 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
I have no idea what this is besides a hot mess. They've taken Emily from being a dark, quiet, and intelligent girl to being some kind of steampunk inventor wrapped up in cheap bossiness cliches. Who is the target audience for this? The moralistic lessons about teamwork would fit in better in a children's easy reader, since only the most devoted Emily-loving teen would give this more than the first issue. The whole thing feels like a cheap way to make a buck off a familiar character while copying ...more
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really liked the drawings and her new look but I missed the way like she was back in the first comic books. Now there are more colors than ever. A little too colorful for my taste.... Looked like a little too Rainbow Brite-ish at the end. I missed her strange interviews with dark pop culture idols like Marilyn Manson or Elvira Mistress of the Dark, etc. Not Lost , Dark or Bored anymore. Emily not that strange anymore....
This title is beautifully colored but the storyline felt a bit scattered throughout the three issues that comprised the volume, not just in terms of overall feel and cohesiveness but also in terms of panel and bubble layout. With that said, I can see young teens really enjoying this graphic novel, so it is highly likely my library will be purchasing it.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A cute, fun comic with just a bit of darkness. I liked Emily a lot as a character. I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to read the original run or to continue with this reboot, but I'd probably buy them if I came across them. Received from NetGalley.
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: snapshot
4/30/14 Review tk.

Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
I expected more.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Nice story and illustrations, for children and lovers of Emily.

Storia e disegni carini, per bambini e per gli amanti di Emily.

Fantastic art. Bland story line; the moral is there, but not told very well. And the characters fall into stereotypes.

Received from Netgalley.
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Reger's friend Nathan Carrico designed Emily in 1991 for a skateboard company in Santa Cruz, where Cosmic Debris was born. In his Santa Cruz garage (and later an artist warehouse in San Francisco) Reger created the designs, and with Matt Reed brought them into the fashion world by creating t-shirt designs that captured the essence of this mysterious young girl with 4 black cats. Since then, Cosmic ...more