A sci-fi drama of a high school aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years.
To Amy, everyone has a flavor. Jemmah, her best friend from the colony, is the flavor of pineapple and jalapeño. Cassie, from Earth, is like red pepper.
After being forced to leave her space-colony home when her dad was fired, Amy starts to adapt to a new life on Earth. High school seems difficult at first, but a close group of friends begin to make the transition easier for her.
At the same time, Amy finds herself fascinated with a mysterious boy named Oliver, the only person Amy has yet to be able to place a flavor for.
Stephen McCranie has been drawing comics since before he could read or write. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Fine Arts and currently lives and works out of a small apartment in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Look, I was patient with book 1 not having much titular Space or Boy in it, but now you are trying me, deceptively packaged story. So far the bulk of this could be rewritten without the sci-fi elements and you'd be left with essentially the same story about a girl going to a new school and adjusting to a slightly different culture (the difference mostly coming down to cell phone technology). To me that's a bit of a no-go. There was a single scene hinting at mysterious scientists doing something with/to the boy, but it felt like a tease to keep the reader intrigued rather than a natural plot development. Irritating.
I’m really enjoying this series. It’s very slow and more like a slice of life manga than anything else.
The art style is beautiful, the art has movement and the writing is good. Overall I’m very please and can’t wait until the next installment in March.
That said, I’d read these in one go, they’re not “loud” enough to keep me interested and waiting for 3/4 months at a time, but if I had all the issues and could read them over a week that would be best.
Amy finally manages to talk to the white haired boy she noticed in the first volume of this delightful story of a girl, who is both out of place, and out of time.
And Oliver is a bit like her. He seems to be dislocated from life, and although Amy can sense a smell about everyone else, Oliver has no smell.
"Once I accepted the nothing, I felt nothing, and that was a form of freedom," he says.
One reviewer said it was a slow story, but if you are reading it as a race, yes, it might seem slow, but we are seeing everything through Amy's eyes, a life she has only seen in movies, and one she is still adapting to.
So, it doesn't bother me with Oliver's mystery not yet being solved. I know that the next volume will be even more fun.
Age: 12+ Genre: ya, coming of age, sci-fi Content: squeaky clean! Language: none
Review: Once again I loved this story!! I love graphic novels because they are a fast-paced read, but oftentimes the story can be lacking. However Space Boy definitely has a great plot with substantial build, and I'm pretty invested at this point! So wholesome and cute :) Read. this. series!!
There's a bit of character development, a tiny bit of progress on the plot, and one rooftop adventure, but this wasn't a wild ride. I still look forward to the rest of the series, especially seeing Amy reconnect with her old friend from the colony.
Not another high school drama. Amy's from space, she's sort of a timer traveler, and she has synthesia, giving every person she meets a unique "flavor". It's fun to see her discover Earth (albeit a slightly a bit into the future version).
This time around, she's got a foil in Oliver. I'm not sure what his deal is, but there's just enough of a mystery about him that has me intrigued. Also, they're both "new" to high school/Earth in a sense so they're both discovering things that the high school students around them take for granted.
It's a nice slice of life story with some futuristic fringes. Like, how does Amy's pigtails defy gravity like that? Crazy.
Edit: Oh yeah, think there's a typo. "How about we met here again after school" probably should be "meet".
This is the second book in the Space Boy series. There are five books total in this series right now. I continue to enjoy this series.
Amy interacts a lot more with Oliver (Space Boy) in this book. We also learn some more background on Oliver, but even more mysteries are brought to light.
I really love the illustration style here and the bright colors. The story moved slower in this volume than the first one but I still found the mystery behind Oliver very intriguing. I also really enjoyed the characters.
Overall this is a graphic novel series that both me and my 12 year old son have really been enjoying. This volume moved a bit slower than the first, but the illustration, characters and mystery are all still very engaging.
A beautiful, atmospheric sci-fi series that manages to be poignant and intriguing at the same time.
The lead character Amy is extremely relatable, despite being a teenager, because we're brought into her thought process. Seeing the world () through her eyes is a joy. And there's something special about the way that the sci-fi slice-of-life elements of the future are presented in such a matter-of-fact-this-is-how-life-is-now way (for example, augmented reality becoming so commonplace).
This volume built on the last and layers in some mystery, some relationship dynamics (including the tender depiction of Amy's family interactions), and even some philosophical quandaries. I love it and can't wait to devour the next one where I'm sure the plot will inevitably thicken.
The art is deceptive - at first, I found it overly simple but then I saw how much emotion they were able to convey, and how on-point the pacing is. It feels like a cinematic work of art I'd watch at a film festival, where the director knows exactly what they are doing with each shot.
For those who like the pace and emotion of this piece, I would recommend "The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún" - a manga series by Nagabe.
Also one last potential spoiler/hypothesis about where we're going in the story:
The first Space Boy volume was pretty light on the titular "space boy," so it's nice to see Space Boy Vol 2 take a bigger swing at that character. We get some intriguing growth and backstory for him, and we see plenty of Amy's curious attraction to him. It's all smartly rendered - Stephen McCranie has a knack for drawing real feelings and emotions from his teenage characters. Space Boy Vol 2 is also smartly rendered in the artistic sense. I simply can't praise McCranie's style enough, it's absolutely unique. Even the lettering is appealing. The only downfall to this volume is the abrupt ending. Not even a cliffhanger, it seems to end mid-scene.
I am enjoying this series and I really like the art. This book picks up immediately after the ending of the first book. We follow Amy trying to get comfortable to Earth and having more dealings with Space Boy. Solid one and I look forward to reading more from this series.
Continuing from previous volume, now, Amy looks like she's adapted well with environment & life on Earth. We get to know our Space Boy a little bit better & hints are given a few times of who he might be. New friendship is building between our leads. However, this volume has been less sci-fi and gets more high school contemporary vibe to it. It still look good to me.