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Trish Trash #1: Rollergirl of Mars

(Trish Trash #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  434 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Two centuries from now, Trish "Trash" Nupindju lives on the newly inhabited Mars, whose settlers live under harsh and ruthless conditions. Trish dreams of only one thing: becoming a hoverderby star. It seems like making the professional derby team is the only way to escape a future of poverty on her parents' farm. But, what happens when a half-dead Martian shows up on her ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Super Genius
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The first part of a new series in which a girl abandons her boring life as a moisture farmer on Mars in favor of accepting an internship in a rollerderby team. Not surprisingly, she has always dreamed of a life as a pro-sporter and can't wait to take the opportunity.

While it looks like it is going to be a decent story, I thought this first part was too short to be able to really say something about it. A lot of different story lines
Peter Derk
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really like Jessica Abel's stuff. I thought Out On The Wire was great, one of my favorite reads last year. But this one didn't take me to as interesting a place. Which is weird when one considers that the place Out On The Wire went was podcast studios and Trish Trash is about a roller derby on MARS.

I was once quite enamored of roller derby. Before my city had a team, I went about an hour away to watch Denver's team more than a few times. When I visited Oregon we made the trip to see a roller
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When can I read more! I was so sad when this was finished. It feels like two fantastic storylines blended into one even better story. I can't wait to see how the whole thing unfolds as Trish continues to pursue her Hoverderby dreams and deals with the harsh realities of living on Mars.

This comic was provided by the publisher for honest review.
You like roller derby? You like science fiction? You like graphic novels about strong women and girls? Then pick this up. This was, well, I can't say fun, but it was great to great. Fast paced, world built well, and the things that do happen in roller derby, except on Mars. And except for the roller skates. And I'm sure there is one more except, but that is the brunt of it.

Instead of rollerskates, the girls/women race on special shoes that hover above the surface of the velodrome.

Trish is a
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
200 years in the future, Trish Nupindju helps her aunt and uncle out on their moisture farm on Mars. While she is a gifted mechanic, her true dream is to join the hover derby - luckily she's a very speedy skater! After weaseling her way into an audition, Trish sees an opportunity to make her dream closer to reality. But it's nowhere near as simple as that, especially when she helps an unwell martian she finds outside on the farm.

Nice artwork, very diverse cast, and interesting story. There's
A promising start.

I read an ARC copy which lacked the last 10 pages but I liked what was there was to read.

The only false note to me was the aunt and uncle in their initial appearance. Incredibly stiff. Robotic. There was no kinetic energy at all.

4 stars and I look forward to the next issue.

Thank you to the publisher for the advanced reader's copy of this comic in exchange for my honest review.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Okay so this is clearly a gimmick book, but a.) I am all about those space gimmicks (i.e. meet cute romance IN SPACE, they fight crime IN SPACE, sentient trains IN SPACE, etc), and b.) It does the gimmick really ell and also includes like, cool aliens, realistic character drama, missing parents (?), and fake history which I am also ALL ABOUT.
A promising start, but mostly just that. definitely more context provided in the additional "historical" articles about the earth exodus and roller derby rather than inferred through the story - which is fine; I prefer diving into a sci-fi or fantasy story and figuring the world out through conversation and action rather than exposition, but there isn't much of either yet in this first volume. Even so, a specialized world isn't terribly necessary as we're introduced to Trish, a fairly typical ...more
I enjoyed this, and I cant help but like the Roller Derby, but it's nothing new in science fiction, and it's really short. Most people would be more satisfied waiting for all the volumes to be released (and translated), since it would be more economical and satisfying. It's my fault that I hadn't realized that this was going supposed to be an oversized issue printed in this way because it is more common in Europe. Even as an oversized issue, I'm frustrated that this ends on a cliffhanger, and ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, graphic-novels
Hover roller derby on Mars 200 years in the future- so yeah, that’s pretty rad! I like that it deals with labour issues that could arise with space colonization. Overall, though, it felt like this just scratched the surface of what the premise has to offer. I assume future issues go deeper!
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shoutout to the author for making her main character a brown(Latina) girl! I was loving it so much. It was a cute quick read. The story was set 200 years in the future on a settlement on Mars. Trish dreams of being a roller derby star but she has obligations at home and to her family. It ended on a high note. I have to read the second one to see what happens.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love love love the art!

I love everything about it, ...

but this book felt more like Volume 1/2, than volume 1, ...

maybe I am just being greedy...

Please hurry up with #2! :)

Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved getting a taste of this world.

Humans have established civilization on Mars. Our protagonist helps their aunt and uncle run the family farm, and we meet Trix as they deal with a malfunctioning machine. They're also into Mars' version of Roller Derby (hovering, no wheels). Trix gets a position helping out the local team.
Within this context, we get just the very beginning of a mysterious plot. Trix encounters another type of being, which is clearly going to lead to other things in future
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Picked this up of my comic book store's 75%-off table for its cover: brown girl protagonist, good art, roller derby! Now I'll be getting the next two volumes to find out how the story all comes out.

Credible headstrong teenage character, beautiful Martian setting, future with socio-political issues and aliens folded in are all very much in the vein of the SF I read (Chip Delany, say), while the art reminds me a little of Los Bros Hernandez's Love and Rockets (also with futuristic settings in
I cannot wait for the next installment of this -- I expect it to be on all the YA best graphic novel lists this year. It combines a sports story, coming of age, and science fiction with issues of class and possibly race as well.
Jim Kettner
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Jessica has been one of my favorite cartoonists since the days of Art Babe. After years of more grounded/journalistic stories it was really refreshing to see her turn to a more fantastic work, and it has left me wanting more. I was initially hesitant as Trish Trash was aimed at a more YA audience, but was very pleased with the world building on this Mars. There are very adult political ideas at play just under the surface of the story. The artwork is beautiful. The large album format really ...more
Sunny Carito
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The somewhat average teen worries in Trish's life overlay an incredible world roiling with sociopolitical issues. When needing to help on the farm to make ends meets comes back to a corporate servitude system the book became a lot more to me than the hoverderby story I was expecting. And the the ending!!! I also really like the way she only casually hints at the history and creation of the mars colonies in the story and saves more plain explanations for the wiki articles in the back. Longtime ...more
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Interesting concept. Roller Derby to Hover Derby. The wikipedia like pages at the end are pretty cool.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Could have been a bit more fleshed out, and the ending was a bit abrupt... but I'm okay with that because I want to read more!
Eamonn Murphy
‘Trish Trash: Rollergirl Of Mars’ is a graphic novel by Jessica Abel with background and design by Lydia Roberts and colours by Walter. I’m not sure what background and design mean. With 64 pages, it’s quite a thin hardcover edition but a very nice one and I guess you’re paying for those lush production costs. It was originally published in France where they took graphic novels seriously long before anyone else.

Anyway, Patricia Nupindju or Trish is a young lady who works on the family moisture
J. Kevin
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This sci-fi graphic novel has some good things going for it, but ultimately it felt a bit thin and too familiar. Trish is a teenaged colonist growing up on Mars, where she works on her aunt and uncle's farm while dreaming of bigger and better things (think Luke Skywalker, if he aspired to be a roller derby skater instead of a space pilot). She manages to get signed up with the local derby team, but the contract amounts to indentured servitude, and she's so far down on the totem pole that her ...more
Rob McMonigal
Being a Mars colonist is rough, survival fare. Trish dreams of more, and hopes that her way out of the dust and dirt of the red planet is by making herself an indentured servant to a roller derby team. Soon she learns that things aren't as glamorous as they appear in this first volume that just doesn't really go anywhere new or interesting.

I was extremely disappointed by this one, now that I finally snagged a copy from the library to read. While I've enjoyed Abel's work in the past, the problem
Ian Morales
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
After falling in love with Jessica Abel's graphic novel, La Perdida, I was looking forward to reading Trish Trash. I mean, how could one not be curious? Martian roller derbies and minority female characters? Dope illustrations? Yes, please. Right?

Well this first installment of the series started a little slow for me. I am aware that any good story with a layered plot can time to develop, and it did develop, but just slower than I had hoped. Certain details about why and how humans made it on
Mark Schlatter
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: shreve
I've been a big fan of Jessica Abel in the past. I loved her comics journalism in Artbabe, and her series La Perdida was a fascinating exploration of what it meant to be a United States citizen living in Mexico. But this volume did almost nothing for me. It's a short introduction to a science fiction coming-of-age story centered around roller derby, settling Mars, and corporate exploitation. The science fiction confused me at times (there appears to be force field and levitation technology, but ...more
Cynthia Parkhill
Swiftly-paced and exciting graphic novel that centers on a young teen, Trish Nupindju, living with her aunt and uncle who are indentured settlers on Mars.

Trish avidly follows "hover derby" and views it as an escape from her family's life in poverty.

There's a lot going on, and with this the first in a trilogy, I expect that some things that are only briefly touched upon are sure to be followed-up in greater detail. For example, at some point prior to story-opening, Trish's parents went missing,
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jessica Abel has put together a winning concept by transporting a roller derby story into space, with a badass girl of colour protagonist, Patricia Nupindju. Patricia is a girl living with her aunt and uncle on Mars and working on their moisture farm, while dreaming of starring in the hover derby. She's too young for a real contract, which leaves her with limited options, but the moisture farm isn't enough to keep the family afloat.

Abel's artwork takes us to a partially-terraformed Mars and
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Soobie's scared
I was extremely disappointed by this. It was supposed to be great: roller derby on Mars!

Instead I got a highly confusing story about a very unpleasant character living in a weird world and the author didn't even bother to explain how life on Mars works. I mean, I know she had only 56 pages to draw her comics and you can't explain anything in 56... Still... I was more focused on understanding how Mars worked rather than enjoying the story. Not funny!

As I say, the main character is rather
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
People live on mars where is not much going on and the main characters dreams about being a Hover Derby Star which is a futuristic version of Roller Derby.

This was just a little bit over 50 pages and mostly a visualized story with not much text. The reader gets thrown into this world with not much explanation but there is some extra information at the end of the book. The rules of the hoover derby and also the story behind humans moving to mars. Why this is not at the beginning of the book is
Penny Ramirez
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun! Trish dreams of making the local hoverderby team, but she's too young to try out for the Terror Novas. She skips school anyway, and signs a contract as a skategirl, repairing equipment for the team. She's been living with her aunt and uncle since her parents disappeared, and they really need her help on the farm, but she can't get out of her contract. On Mars, the Arex company pretty much owns everyone...and it looks like a revolution might be underway.

Excellent artwork, and I love Abel's
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Author and coach Jessica Abel is the author of Growing Gills, Out on the Wire, La Perdida, and two textbooks about making comics, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics. Abel’s latest work of fiction is the Eisner-nominated Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars. She is Chair of the Illustration Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and lives with her family in ...more

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