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ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,724 ratings  ·  438 reviews
The premiere graphic novel from underground sensation Andrew MacLean (Head Lopper), ApocalyptiGirl is an action-packed sci-fi epic!
Alone at the end of the world, Aria is woman with a mission! Traipsing through an overgrown city with her only companion, a cat named Jelly Beans, Aria's search for an ancient relic with immeasurable power has been fruitless so far. But when a
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Dark Horse Originals
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Sam Quixote
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
It’s the post-apocalypse and a woman putzes around the desolate planet with her cat in her knapsack singing arias to herself. She’s trying to repair a large mech suit, which is important for no reason, while fending off cliched tribal survivors who are trying to kill her, also for no reason. That’s the whole book!

Phewf - it’s a real struggle to find a story in Andrew MacLean’s ApocalyptiGirl! Rambling and boring just about covers it for the script. It’s unclear why anything the woman’s doing is
Jan Philipzig
Aug 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Just glance at the cover for a moment, and you know all you need to know about this book. The story does not add anything of interest - same old, I'm afraid.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Aug 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
wtf did i just read? cute cat tho
Think Paul Pope x the post-apocalypse + Adventure Time. Aria wonders a future world with he cat Jelly Beans searching for some device and tinkering with an old mech while beset by Morlocks. There isn't much world building here. The first half of the book is just Aria meandering around this world, eventually stumbling upon the device she's apparently been looking for for 6 years. The story is thin and definitely could have used some fleshing out. The art is unique. I didn't like it at first. It's ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry to say that I was quite disappointed by this one. The plot was far too thin to be satisfying, as was the world-building. The main character, Aria, is inconsistent. In one scene, she makes a thing about not killing someone, only to immediately turn around and kill lots and lots of other people. She's also incredibly loud for somebody who should reasonably be trying to keep from being detected. The super convenient aliens at the end felt like a cheap way to resolve a story that was floun ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
The artwork was decent enough, and the relationship Aria had with her cat was quite sweet. But the story wasn't all that interesting and the few characters were flat and cliched. Just meh overall.
Elizabeth A
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, graphix, kids-ya
The thing I liked best about this graphic novel was the cover art. Oh, and Jelly Beans, the cat, is cute. The story made no sense to me at all, and I was bored for much of the reading. Also, do we really need the bad guys to be "tribal" in this day and age? Ugh. I did like the art, but found this one somewhat preachy, and having aliens swoop in for the rescue is an unsatisfying end to an unsatisfying story. Oh, sorry, was that a spoiler? Well, here's another one: skip this one.
It's hard to discount a handful of convenient holes in this sci-fi adventure of a young woman in search of tech in a land of weapon-toting ape men; but if one can, for a moment, step over or aside these errors, APOCALYPTIGIRL: AN ARIA FOR THE END TIMES is a rather nifty graphic novel.

There is no short of apocalypse comics, that's for sure. But what there is a shortness of, and the glaring industry-dearth APOCALYPTIGIRL aspires to supplant, is the presence of female leads whose value is enumerat
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
There's a cat. So, that's cool.

I see the various influences at play in the art, but it just didn't jell for me. I found it particularly odd that Aria makes such a point at the beginning of not being a killer - right before spending the rest of the pages killing mercilessly and with apparent skill.


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I read APOCALYPTIGIRL over the weekend and loved the art!
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
With artwork that is eye-catching and fighting that is bloody and gory, I really enjoyed my short time in ApocalyptiGirl. The opera references and the quick interspersed backstory of the end of times add the needed depth in this one. I like Aria’s monologues and her little friendship with her cat. A pet she needs to make her life on Earth a little bearable…

Pick this one up for great art and a fast story with some spacey commentary on nature’s rule over the planet.

For my full review: https://paul
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was really subpar. Plus the art was kinda funky looking. You will not really understand what is going on until the very end and its still "really that's it"?
Jack Stark
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
The art is great. But the story is rather lacking in a plot. It feels as though the last act was rushed.
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, usa
A beautiful story about a girl & her cat, on a mission after the apocalypse. I loved the art style, it was vivid and conveyed so much emotion in so few panels. I'm also a sucker for stories with characters who love cats so this was a good choice.
Wing Kee
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Full of potential but messy and unfocused.

I've heard of this book for a while and I wanted to check it out, so when comixology had on sale, 'yes please!'. The art was the first thing that caught my eye, but how does this little tale read? Messy and lost.

World: The art is beautiful, it's stylish and the colors are very different for a post apocalyptic book. This is the best part of the book, it's captivating and very unique. In terms of world building, I can tell a lot of effort was made to creat
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it

Quick review: I enjoyed this a lot. I think that the characters and action were a lot of fun. It was a short fast paced story which I needed in between the novels I have on my TBR. I liked the writing and the art style, although not my favorite, fit the world that McLean created nicely.

Full review: http://heathersreadinghideaway.blogsp...
Silly Goose
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
ApocalypiGirl: ★★★★.5

So that took about 20 minutes to read... but it was a nice calm twenty minutes. It was a good story and I liked both of the main characters (Jelly Beans especially) but like, some of the uh, fight scenes, um, the illustrations were... interesting...
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This review can also be found on my blog:

The tagline "A sci-fi epic about a postapocalyptic life...and cat ownership" guaranteed I was going to like this book! Wrong.

I picked up this slim graphic novel on a whim, for I liked the front cover, and I'm a sucker for cute cats. Aria is a young woman alone in a post apocalypse world, traveling with her cat Jelly Beans and singing opera while trying to reanimate a giant mechanical man, all while trying to evade tw
C. Varn
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Andrew MacLean's ApocalyptiGirl is proof that style can move a comic a long way, but substance does really ground a comic. MacClean's art is interesting and the various conceptual apparatuses he lays on his story are also interesting. The character designs are strong and dynamic and the color work is very interesting. That said, while the concept of Aria, and even her relationship to Opera, is strong; her character is inconsistent and those inconsistencies are not justified by the plot. For thos ...more
Becky Johnson
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a great and unique read. The artwork was phenomenal and Jellybeans the cat love him!! It was short yet gave enough info on how they came to be where they are and who the other people are. Look forward to more from this author.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
The art is PHENOMENAL. Story just okay. Bonus points for a cat named Jelly Bean.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Zedsdead by: ?
Shelves: graphic-novels
A woman with a battlecycle and a katana is stranded alone on Earth 27 (don't ask) with a cat, an out-of-commission battlesuit, and two hostile tribes of Morlocks.

Wow, was this ever silly. MacLean devotes all of two silly pages to world building. The characters look like they're made of Play-Doh. The title is silly. ApocalyptiGirl's quest is silly. Her decisions are silly. Her big moral dilemma is silly. And the resolution is trite (I bet you thought I was going to say silly.)

At 90ish small sill
Stewart Tame
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun! So a girl and her cat are on a mission on some post-apocalypse Earth. Honestly, the story is not the main point of this book--though it is nice--but rather Andrew MacLean's expressive artwork. I particularly like how he draws cats. One is torn, with this book, between reading the story at what seems an appropriate pace, and lingering on each page admiring the line and color work. Best to read it at least twice, then, just to be thorough.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First thing I do not exactly fancy on this comics is drawing. It just doesn't fit to the theme for me. But it somehow works. The comics has fast pace so the ninety-something pages just flew under my fingers in no time. And boy, it is good. Aria has it all. The story, the action, the finale. The atmosphere and style of panel development has action kick. I give thumbs up for this one.
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cyberpunk, comics
This was a really good story, well written and even with a jumpy plot still better than 99% of all comic books currently being made. This might actually only a 4 or 4.5 star but that is mostly for the stylistic art. Got to love a book with a strong smart and talented female protagonist. Good Stuff.
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
The story isn`t very good but I kinda enjoyed some of the drawings ... ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
How can a book with such an important role for a cat be so blah.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh so many unanswered questions. Still a solid comic, and one that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens in the end.
Shāfiya Mū
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times is a dystopian, science-fiction, stand-alone comic book written and illustrated by Andrew MacLean. The story revolves around a young woman named Aria and her adorable, white kitty named Jelly Beans. It follows them as they struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic environment as they finagle a means of finding their way back home.

I positively adored this comic. The very first thing that grabs your attention are the illustrations. They immediately for
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Massachusetts based comic artist, Andrew R. MacLean is the creator of the SNIP SNIP, Head Lopper, and Daruma. His work can also be found in Department O, Colonial Souls, Meatspace, Outlaw Territories, Bad Karma, and others.

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