In my head as I started this comic, the Doom Song from Invader Zim kept popping into my mind. It has exactly zero relevance here and yet, as I write tIn my head as I started this comic, the Doom Song from Invader Zim kept popping into my mind. It has exactly zero relevance here and yet, as I write this review and think Doom Patrol again, it's back.
Doom Patrol is one of the big books coming out from DC's latest imprint (for the youths!), Young Animal. Gerard Way returns to comics post Umbrella Academy with this series that he clearly has a deep passion for and to give it a shot alongside artist Nick Derington.
The story follows an EMT team, Casey and Sam, as they go out on their rounds and do their thang... saving lives, eating burritos, saving more lives. The usual.
While on patrol (not THE patrol... you know, the DOOM Patrol... just a regular patrol), they come across a few strange things starting with a robot man thing (Way's words, not mine). From there, things start to get interesting as Casey inherits a strange new roommate (which I have some questions about.......) and a sentient ambulance (actually, I think I just generally have a lot of questions).
I won't tell you too much more of the plot here but there are a few things going on within this volume and several characters to be introduced to.
The first thing that struck me when I started reading this book, before the writing or art, was the colours. Oh my god, the colours. Tamra Bonvillain has always been a good colourist (in my opinion) but with Doom Patrol, she takes it to a whole new level for me. I was honestly super mesmerized by her work here and couldn't help but notice all these amazing things that were put into the book solely by her.
Colourists and letterers do not get enough credit, they truly don't. I'm guilty of not always saying stuff about the lettering but someone once told me that you shouldn't necessarily notice the lettering. The only time you'll super notice it is when it's bad. I think that's sort of true but you also notice it when it's really exceptional too and there's no one better in the business than Todd Klein who happens to be the letterer on this book. What can I say about Klein that hasn't already been said with 90% of the lettering in comics awards at the Eisner's and Harvey's? He's freaking great.
But I've gotten sidetracked here...
As mentioned, Bonvillain NAILS the colours here and I was floored.
The line work is amazing too. I'm sure I know Derington's art from elsewhere although without doing any Googling, the name doesn't automatically register for me. That being said, beCAUSE of Doom Patrol, he's definitely someone that I'll remember now going forward. His style was fantastic, incorporating some really great elements from older classic comics and blending them with a modern and unique style.
And then Gerard Way's writing in the book... it was hella fun. There were several moments when I genuinely connected with the book and laughed out loud, smiled or thought about taking a photo of a panel to show a friend who would appreciate it. I held off on reading Umbrella Academy for a long time because of My Chemical Romance, which I know is a crappy thing to have done. It's not that I don't like MCR but I felt like since it wasn't music I would naturally seek out to listen to regularly, the books might not translate to something I would enjoy either.
Then I realized that Way has always loved comic books and that his music career just happened to happen for him before comics did. Once I saw it that way, I realized I was being silly and I dove into Umbrella Academy, which was just brilliant (with the equally brilliant Gabriel Bá on art). Doom Patrol is the same calibre of comic as Umbrella Academy but better. Way has had years to read more, grow more and hone his craft and he comes to Doom Patrol with a passion for the book and the medium that shows through.
I adored Casey so much and wanted so much more of her character development in the book but it's a team book and I know Casey had to share her page space... but hot damn, she's so rad.
My biggest issue with Doom Patrol is the fact that I always felt like I was missing something. Doom Patrol isn't a new series and folks like Grant Morrison (nbd) have worked on it in the past. I generally enjoyed the book and the characters but it doesn't do an excellent job at providing you context for the characters. I couldn't tell if they were new, pre-existing or whatever. It all felt a bit jumbled to me.
Because of this, some of the big AH HA moments where there's a reveal or a plot twist didn't really hit it home for me. I was taken out of the book continually as I tried to process if what was happening should be a bigger deal to me. Did I miss something earlier? Is this an Easter Egg for fans of previous iterations of Doom Patrol? Am I just not getting it? were things that I couldn't turn off.
The writing was a lot of fun and I smile, laughed and enjoyed the ride but it didn't ultimately leave me feeling satisfied.
Verdict: Buy it! Despite the fact that some stuff didn't really work for me overall, I still think that the calibre of writing, the art, and the colours (oh my god, the colours!) are well worth your hard-earned dollars.
Not to mention that I think Young Animal is the kind of imprint that DC needs right now to bring in a more diverse audience. Young Animal has become the new Vertigo as it takes on titles that we formerly would have seen under that umbrella. I don't know exactly what that means for Vertigo but that's something to be elaborated on in another article on another day.
I'll leave you with this: a comic that includes a whole scene with an epic burrito world war (IN burrito world war) is definitely one to be checked out....more
I've been reading Batman Detective Comics (BDC) in trade as they come out. They've been Must Read comics on my list for the characters that they featuI've been reading Batman Detective Comics (BDC) in trade as they come out. They've been Must Read comics on my list for the characters that they feature, namely Stephanie Brown aka Spoiler, Cassandra Cain aka Orphan (both Cass and Steph being former Batgirls), and Kate Kane aka Batwoman. These three women are three of my favourite characters in comics and seeing them on a team together gave me a reason to initially check out BDC (As an irrelevant sidebar, I honestly hadn't realized that Cass and Kate shared a last name - albeit spelt differently - until now).
Within BDC, these women are joined by Clayface, Batwing and Batman with Red Robin MIA and thought to be dead. The story here follows what happens after the events that transpired in Vol. 1, making this volume not an ideal jumping on point for anyone who is looking to just pick this up to start things off.
Adding to the mix of things, however, we get a new bunch of baddies that are out to make things difficult for the Bat-family. They, as you might've guessed, are The Victim Syndicate, a team of villains built up from the bystander lines of Batman's war on crime.
Initially I was very intrigued with The Victim Syndicate and the idea behind them. A group of people, not inherently villains, who want justice for what Batman has unintentionally done to them. It always irks me when characters take issue with the hero and put the blame on them instead of on the people who actively attacked them and hurt them. It's hard to wrap my brain around that sort of thinking and it makes me frustrated since it's the kind of argument that you can't win since the logic is already broken (not unlike the mentality of trolls on the internet).
The Victim Syndicate had so much potential to be up there with The Court of Owls for me, which is saying a lot. Snyder's creation of those rogues was absolutely fantastic and easily one of the best new villains created within the DCU. I was completely transfixed with that whole storyline and as I started BDC, I was feeling like The Victim Syndicate would be up there for me too in epic recent rogues.
However, somewhere along the way, the storyline for The Victim Syndicate got boring. Not bad but they gave everything up so quickly for everyone but the main baddie. There wasn't really a shocking moment to be taken from the reveal of who they were for me and ultimately the damage they did wasn't so much a widespread mayhem as a virus planted within the Bat-family, which actually is pretty interesting. BUT on a personal note to that specifically, without spoiling anything, this book took a character that I loved and made me really dislike her and the choices she made. Characters have their own arcs separate from the main story being told and maybe the character in question will find redemption but I was so disappointed with how this all went down and how it made me feel towards a character I have a strong connection to.
Speaking to the art within BDC here too, I think ultimately I was a bit disappointed. The art isn't bad but it's inconsistent which is one of my biggest pet peeves in big mainstream books.
James Tynion IV wrote the main arc of The Victim Syndicate and then for the last two issues, he is joined by co-writer Marguerite Bennett. That worked for me here and I think that Bennett and Tynion have worked together enough at this point so that their voices seemlessly flow together in the story.
Going back to the art though, we had Alvaro Martinez, Eddy Barrows, Ben Oliver, Al Barrionuevo, Carmen Carnero, Raul Fernandez, Eber Ferreira, Scott Hanna, Julio Ferreira, and Szymon Kudranski and then FIVE colorists: Adriano Lucas, Brad Anderson, Ben Oliver, Gabe Eltaeb, and Hi-Fi. R-E-A-L-L-Y?! How crap, DC, that's honestly ridiculous. They didn't just have an artist and a backup artist, they had TEN artists on seven issues. That is INSANE. That's not to say that these ten artists didn't do the characters justice... it's just that DC had to bring on TEN ARTISTS for this book. Jesus.
Nothing drives me away from a book like art inconsistency. That and it being crappy...
Thankfully BDC doesn't have to contend with the latter thing as the writing makes up for the art being all over the place.
I was completely wowed by what I read in this second volume of the new BDC series but it still kept enough intrigue going to bring me back for more. I definitely want to know where they're going with the story and I want to know what's happening with the characters here. There's a lot currently going on and it seems like the next volume won't be a great jumping on point for new fans either, but we're not so far into the series that you can't go back and catch up.
Verdict: Check it out. I didn't love Batman Detective Comics Vol. 2 but I liked it. I want to see more with these villains and a more fleshed out origin for them that isn't just rushed through.
Tynion and Bennett are creators doing very interesting things within the DCU and within comics in general. If you follow creators rather than characters and you aren't already following these two, make sure you fix that.
Like I said, I wasn't completely smitten with this book but I trust that these writers have a place in mind where they're going and whatever that is, it'll be full of payoff. ...more
In an era where the female characters known worldwide to geeks and non-geeks alike can be counted on one hand (ie. Wonder Woman, Batgirl), The SpectacIn an era where the female characters known worldwide to geeks and non-geeks alike can be counted on one hand (ie. Wonder Woman, Batgirl), The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen couldn’t come at a better time. Highlighting countless comic book heroines, Hope Nicholson’s well-researched and enlightening book takes us through the eras that these characters came out of.
Nicholson is no stranger to research and has been doing work as a comics historian for quite some time now. Her reprints and restorations of the Canadian heroes Nelvana of the Northern Lights and Brok Windsor got noticed by many and helped launch her career forward as a smart, and meticulous researcher, always on the lookout for interesting projects that the market is in need of.
It makes a lot of sense that Nicholson was brought on for this project and I honestly can’t think of a better person to have put this together with precision, accuracy and genuine affection for the characters and the content.
While there are other books such as Jon Morris’ The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains and The League of Regrettable Superheroes which poke fun at some of the sillier characters in a delightful way, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen does a fantastic job of taking characters, silly and all, relatively seriously and giving them a proper history that you may or may not have known about prior to picking the book up.
The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen gives you enough information and teaches you about amazing female characters throughout the years and makes you (or maybe just me!) want to read more about them and find their comics or campaign to have some of these characters in new and modern comics.
Quirk Books has been putting out a TON of great geek-related content lately. The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen along with Wonder Woman, and Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs and other such books are much sought after and needed. They’re appeasing a demographic within the geek industry that has long been neglected (and is STILL largely neglected) and finding a market with a crowd that is desperate for quality non-fiction (and fiction) that caters to things that that they care about.
Verdict: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen is an absolute MUST BUY. It’s something that I truly believe should not just be on the shelves of every girl but every person, period. It’s a great reminder that strong women and great characters have been around for ages and there are more names that we should know besides Wonder Woman and Batgirl.
This book is a great book for a collection or as a coffee table book – as a present for a friend or a present for yourself. It’s just great and I really and truly believe that you need to pick up a copy ASAP.
NOTE: I’ve worked with Hope before on The Secret Loves of Geek Girls so my review isn’t completely impartial. That being said upfront, if I felt I couldn’t provide you all with a honest review of this book, I would have passed it on to someone else so please trust that this review comes with integrity....more
Quirk Books has really been doing a lot within the geek realm for the last little while between Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women both byQuirk Books has really been doing a lot within the geek realm for the last little while between Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women both by Sam Maggs, Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen by Hope Nicholson, Geekerella and more, they’ve been making way as a publisher that will put out content for that awesome group of people who’ve been neglected for so long.
In the same realm of the books above, Jon Morris wrote a book that isn’t about superheroes, but rather he focuses on the supervillains. Even more specifically, he focuses on the worst supervillains… and not like the ULTIMATE baddies, like legitimately just the worst villains that have been around in the comic verse titled The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains.
The official synopsis is this: Every hero needs a villain. But not all villains are dangerous—some are incompetent, comical, or just . . . weird. In his follow-up to The League of Regrettable Superheroes, author Jon Morris presents over a hundred of the strangest, most stupefying supervillains to ever see print in comics. Meet D-list rogues like Brickbat (choice of weapon: poisonous bricks), Robbing Hood (steals from the poor to give to the rich), Swarm (a crook made of bees; Nazi bees), and many more. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains affectionately and hilariously profiles oddball criminals from the history of comics.
Morris breaks down each of the villain and gives you a sort of Wikipedia style write up for each of them as he tells you their names, aliases, and what superhero they’re trying to thwart. There’s a snippet from a comic and some other stuff thrown in there, depending on the baddie.
This book is a LOT of fun and I laughed epic amounts going through it and reading about these so-called Regrettable Super Villains. Sure, there’s probably lists online and such that you could find but this is the perfect, fun coffee table book to keep your geeky guests amused while you run around and so host-like things or whatever.
Verdict: Buy it! As I already said, this book is a lot of fun and is reaaaal silly but in the best possible way. Morris has researched and put together a wonderful project for Quirk Books and I’d love to see something similar done with superheroes, although that might already exist (I looked this up after the fact, and it does actually already exist: The League of Regrettable Superheroes). Focusing on ridiculous Super Villains definitely shines a light on some characters you’ve definitely never heard of before that’ll help up your geek cred and make you extra awesome at trivia nights. You know, if they happen to have an Obscure Super Villains category.
The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains will be out on March 28....more
DC’s Rebirth reboot surprised the heck out of me in a really good way. Many of the titles are actually good and DC is slowly working some of the old fDC’s Rebirth reboot surprised the heck out of me in a really good way. Many of the titles are actually good and DC is slowly working some of the old fan favourite continuity back in the mix, erasing the mess that was the DC New 52. To be fair, the New 52 really wasn’t so bad and gave us a lot of really solid titles, including Aquaman (no really), Animal Thing, Swamp Thing, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman, and Batgirl… most notably to me, the Batgirl of Burnside by Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr and Cameron Stewart.
Here within Rebirth, the story hasn’t really been reset, thankfully. The previous creative team rebuilt Barbara Gordon quite a bit, trying to erase the horrible Killing Joke continuity that’s plagued her character for ages. For Batgirl: Beyond Burnside, writer Hope Larson (Who is AC?, A Wrinkle in Time) more or less picks up where the story left off but picks Babs up and drops her into Japan, citing a change of scenery for her to get away from the drama that has surrounded her in Burnside. Boys, supervillains… you know, the usual stuff that a young adult deals with. Unfortunately Babs doesn’t know the meaning of a vacation and after running into a troubled childhood friend, she’s forced to make Batgirl an international vigilante and get some upgrades to her fighting skills by learning and competing in the MMA.
I really wanted to like this story. I really, really did. And it’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s more that I felt like it wasn’t a very satisfying arc. Outside of Babs herself, we were missing the characters that helped give Babs more heart, like Frankie. She’s in it but barely. The Batgirl of Burnside shines with her friend by her side and it noticeably took away some of the emotion of the story without her. I get that Larson is trying to build up her Batgirl but to me, Frankie is now a vital part of Babs and helps make her who she is.
I felt like writer and artist weren’t quite in sync here either and neither was colourist Dave McCaig. None of it is BAD, but it felt like they weren’t working as a team to better the story overall, they were just sending in their parts for a paycheque. Albuquerque is an artist I’ve been following for quite a while now and I LOVE HIS WORK. American Vampire, Eight, and Huck both are just extraordinary and feel like they’re stories that he wants to tell. On Batgirl, Albuquerque’s feels stiff and lifeless. McCaig’s colours didn’t really feel right either to me. They felt a little too neon or something? When McCaig colours some of the villains (such as The Schoolgirl), the pastels really work and the palette compliments the story. I know that McCaig is a good colourist so it seems bizarre to me that it felt so off for this story.
Ultimately I think the thing that really got to me was again, the lack of heart to the story. I didn’t care about the characters, I didn’t care about the villains, and I definitely didn’t really care about what the end game was when it came to the finale.
Verdict: Skip it. I was disappointed by the story here and don’t really consider this particular arc vital to Batgirl. It doesn’t have a lot of significant impact on her continuity and doesn’t set up a lot one way or the other for the subsequent issues. I’m definitely going to check out what follows this arc because I think Larson may have just needed a little bit of a warm-up with the character. The whole creative team is excellent but it feels like they need to work on their dynamic together. I look forward to seeing what they do together in the near future....more
Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez might be one of the most beautiful comic books that I have read in a long time. Nobrow Press clearly saw the potential wNightlights by Lorena Alvarez might be one of the most beautiful comic books that I have read in a long time. Nobrow Press clearly saw the potential with this brilliant creator and have published an oversized comic book that does justice to the art within. My breath was taken away time and time again as I was taken through the story.
Sandy is a little girl who loves to draw more than anything else. As Sandy goes to bed, she sees little lights that she turns into her imagination creations that help her fall to sleep, and oh my gosh, the panels that show Sandy’s drawings come to life are nothing short of spectacular. ANYWAYS… one day at school, Sandy meets another little girl who has a strange obsession with her drawings.
The story kind of reminded me a bit of Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol meets a LITTLE bit of The Secret of Kells… definitely more the former than latter but still. When I saw the little girl that befriends Sandy, I immediately thought of Kells, but as far as tone goes, it’s comparably like Anya’s Ghost but with big, sweeping pages full of colour and imagination (not that Anya’s Ghost isn’t full of imagination).
Nightlights won’t take you very long to get through as far as the story goes, but will take you a while to get through are the illustrations like the one below:
They’re utterly and completely breathtaking and reminiscent of art from any Studio Ghibli film, although maybe moreso Spirited Away in this instance. The colour palettes that Alvarez uses to bring the illustrations to life are stunning and vibrant, and her style itself reminds me of the early days of Disney concept art by the likes of Mary Blair.
Honestly, there’s not much more that I want to say about the book in terms of the story and such. It’s a fairy tale with a slight kid-friendly horror edge. The story is pretty simple overall, but sometimes you don’t need more than that and it’s incredibly clever how it all comes together. It says something about our fears and how we can second-guess our talents and gifts, by letting insecurity in.
Verdict: Buy. This. Book. This is simply one of the best comics that I’ve read in a very long time. It’s the perfect length, doesn’t fluff up the story more than it needs to, has delightful characters and the art… oh my gosh, the art. Even if the story hadn’t been any good, this book would’ve been worth picking up for the art alone. Thankfully the art and the story are both remarkable which makes it even MORE worthwhile to pick up.
What. A. Fun. Book. WHAT A FUN BOOK! I enjoyed the heck out of Cucumber Quest like whoa. It’s delightful, sweet, and as mentioned, a LOT of fun. CucumWhat. A. Fun. Book. WHAT A FUN BOOK! I enjoyed the heck out of Cucumber Quest like whoa. It’s delightful, sweet, and as mentioned, a LOT of fun. Cucumber Quest is being adapted from its original web comic form into a four book series for publisher First Second.
The official synopsis that came from the publisher is this: What happens when an evil queen gets her hands on an ancient force of destruction? World domination, obviously.
The seven kingdoms of Dreamside need a legendary hero. Instead, they’ll have to settle for Cucumber, a nerdy magician who just wants to go to school. As destiny would have it, he and his way more heroic sister, Almond, must now seek the Dream Sword, the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Queen Cordelia’s Nightmare Knight.
Can these bunny siblings really save the world in its darkest hour? Sure, why not?
Adapted from the popular webcomic series, Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom is the first graphic novel of a clever, adorable, and hilarious four-volume heroic adventure that is sure to make you hungry for sweets and action.
I was enamored by the art and colours within this story. The creator of the book took a sort of conventional “legendary hero” story and did something quirky and fun with it by turning it on its head. It’s part Lumberjanes, part Star vs the Forces of Evil and Nimona, but ultimately the story is original and great for readers of all-ages.
My only little bit of dismay was that I thought I had close to 200 pages of story but was cut off quite a bit earlier than that as the first chapter wrapped up. Instead, the rest of the pages were bonus content, which is obviously wonderful but I wanted more story instead. Four volumes seems like an odd choice, given that a lot of book series tend to be more like three volumes, but I guess that’s the best way they thought they should release it given the content pulled from the web comic.
Verdict: Buy this book! Seriously, it’s such a delight (as I’ve mentioned like 5 times already). I love all-ages books, especially when they just embrace their silliness, and this book definitely does that.
Cucumber Quest Book One: The Doughnut Kingdom will be out later this year on October 10 2017....more
Pashmina is such a wonderful, empowering book for young women in the world. The story is about Priyanka, a teenage Indian girl who was born in AmericaPashmina is such a wonderful, empowering book for young women in the world. The story is about Priyanka, a teenage Indian girl who was born in America and has only ever known that as her home. As she explores her life through her creative projects, she begins to wonder more about her family in India and what happened there to her mother to drive her away from those she loved most and why she would want to start anew without them. She longs to know more about her father and all sorts of other things that a young girl might want to know about.
As her mother puts up walls to try to protect Priyanka, she inadvertently makes Pri even more hellbent on finding the truth. One day, she finds a beautiful pashmina in her mother’s things. The pashmina shows Priyanka beautiful visions of India and drives her need to know more about her past and her family.
Most of the story is told in simple but lovely black and white. When Priyanka puts on the pashmina, however, the world that she sees while wearing it is in full, beautiful colour. The pages are vibrant and enriched, which shows how India calls to Priyanka and how enticing that world is to her. It’s something outside of her every day life and is full of sights, sounds, smells and people that Priyanka hasn’t experienced before.
The story is sweet and teaches women that they can choose their own fate and future. Their happiness is not reliant on someone else and at any point in time, you can adjust your path. The art is fairly simplistic but not in a bad way. It’s along the lines of what you might see in a Raina Telgemeier book, but minus the colour (except with the pashmina sequences).
It’s nice to see a character that embraces their heritage and background and wants to actively find out more about their family and history as opposed to seeing teenagers who are rebelling by not wanting anything to do with it. Priyanka loves drawing and creating stories for her and her friends. She finds inspiration in her personal life and experiences, which I found absolutely charming.
Verdict: Buy this book! I think it’s an important story that will help young people embrace their backgrounds, especially in a time when politicians and people stuck in the past are making many feel like you can’t be proud of your heritage unless you’re white. Diversity makes us special and Pashmina demonstrates that theme for us over and over again.
Pashmina will be out later this year on October 7, 2017....more
If you’ve ever seen a horror movie, you’re likely familiar with what a “final girl” is, even if you haven’t heard the term before. A “final girl” is tIf you’ve ever seen a horror movie, you’re likely familiar with what a “final girl” is, even if you haven’t heard the term before. A “final girl” is the last woman alive within a horror film, usually of the slasher genre. She’s typically the one that’s left to confront the villain/killer at the end of the movie. Ellen Ripley from Alien, Laurie Strode from Halloween, Alice from Friday the 13th, and Sidney Prescott from Scream would be examples of “final girls”.
Take that theory and let’s bring it to the book Final Girls by Riley Sager. In Sager’s story, we’re introduced to Quincy Carpenter who is a real life final girl. Quinn, as she’s called, and two women who came before her were victims of tragic and violent massacres, leaving only them behind. Due to the circumstances surrounding their situations, the media dubbed them final girls and showering attention on them that none of them were interested in receiving.
Flash forward to 10 years after Quinn’s brush with death. She has a very small support group that contains the only other people who understand exactly what she’s going through: the other “final girls”. Quinn’s life gets turned upside down again when the original “final girl” turns up dead in her home. Quinn must come to terms with this loss and what it means for her before it’s too late.
Going into the story and having not really read the synopsis provided by the publisher, I assumed that the book was a slasher horror story that played out something like Scream. Given what I told you about the book already, this was obviously not the case. What you do get is the story of a woman in denial of her PTSD, having gone through an ordeal that pretty much no one can relate to, which again, is something that they touch on quite a bit.
Final Girls is a fast-paced and compelling page-turner. I started it and was finished a day or so later, even factoring in the fact that I had to work and do other things in between the times when I could sit down and read.
While it’s not technically YA, it felt like a nice and easy read along the lines of something you would get in the YA world, which isn’t meant as disrespect (I love YA!). Some “adult” novels just get bogged down by trying to use serious tones and really uptight storytelling methods that feel a bit stiff when you’re trying to consume a book, if that makes sense, but Final Girls is focused on telling the story and laying out what’s going on in Quinn’s mind from start to finish.
Not only do we get the present day story of what’s happening but we get bits and pieces of the mystery of Pine Cottage, where the massacre of Quinn’s friends occurred. I say mystery due to the fact that Quinn has a severe trauma induced amnesia revolving around the events that transpired there so as we uncover more of the present day story, we get more and more of the story leading up to everything as well.
Final Girls has a lot of twists and turns that I thoroughly enjoyed and while some of them are a bit predictable in nature, I didn’t feel like any of them took me out of the book while I was reading it. Like I said, I was pretty consumed by the book while I was reading it.
Verdict: Read it! Final Girls is an exhilarating ride from start to finish and does a great job of presenting the characters, story, and the mysteries. If you like books like The Widow or Girl on the Train, I think that Final Girls will definitely be up your alley.
Final Girls will be available in stores on July 11, 2017....more