“Snotgirl, Vol. 1: Green Hair Don’t Care” by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Snotgirl, Vol. 1: Green Hair Don't Care(Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley) + (Year: 2017) + (Goodreads)


Review:

To say that I didn’t love this volume would be a lie. I don’t even think I’ve experienced such anticipation and excitement to get my hands on a comic book volume. And Snotgirl managed to deliver.

It’s safe to say now that I am a huge Bryan Lee O’Malley fangirl. His humor and satire are so on point, both here and in Scott Pilgrim. He manages to catch the gist of an entire generation and twist it up in such a way that you find it both funny and endearing, and, at the same time, you know what he is criticizing.

In Snotgirl, Lottie Person is very relevant to our daily experiences. She represents a huge percentage of the girls nowadays: those who are actually Lottie’s, those who want to be Lottie’s, and those who stalk Lottie’s on social media and both see through them and still find them entertaining. I’m pretty sure I fall into the last group, considering that I follow a bunch of beauty and travel bloggers on Instagram, just to find myself sometimes annoyed by how fake everything looks, and at the same time, to “Awww” at pictures of their cute purse-sized doggies and to take fashion advice. So when I say that I feel that this comic book is relevant, I’m convinced it is.

Lottie as a human being is a hot mess of bullshit. She reflects perfectly the fact that outward beauty can sometimes greatly overshadow the need to actually be kind, nice, or at least… “real”. I personally know people who appear as the nicest, most positive and fun people to be around. But once the phone is locked and no one is recording for Snapchat, they don’t really have much to say and the smiles have been used up for dog filters.

At the same time, Lottie is completely smitten with herself, with her problems, her needs, her obsessions, and she is greatly out of touch with the world. Contrary to what might come to mind from the title (at least it did for me), she is not a superhero. However, she is superweird. There’s still a lot that I want to learn about her and about her issues, so hopefully another volume is to come.

The secondary characters in Snotgirl are also very fun, my favourite being Coolgirl. Still, I think that Cutegirl was also hilarious, and although I didn’t like her as a person, I loved reading her mean humor.

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The best thing about this comic book, however, is the art. Both the illustrator, Leslie Hung, and the colorist, Mickey Quinn, did a fantastic job and it was a true pleasure to just stare at the pictures and drool. In fact… I’m pretty sure that the moment I find a proper quality picture of Lottie, I’m changing my phone background.

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Looking forward to Vol. 2!

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“Mockingbird, Vol. 1: I Can Explain” by Chelsea Cain

Mockingbird, Vol. 1: I Can Explain(Author: Chelsea Cain) + (Year: 2016) + (Goodreads)


Review:

Do you know what the best thing about Mockingbird is? It’s just awesome. That’s it. Literally.

I feel like this series is entirely too underrated. I know that it has been gaining popularity. But still, by no means is Mockingbird one of the characters that you would think of if someone put the words “badass, “female”, “Marvel”, and “character” together in a sentence. And that would be sad.

Bobbi is, quite simply put, a hero that I would aspire to be like. And by that I mean sarcastic. The thing about her is that as much as she kicks ass and saves the world, she does it with humor, a sense of irony, and so much sarcasm. She is fantastic. True, she goes crazy, but so do all of us. That’s why I find her so easy to relate to. She is basically all of us, those who have ever wanted to be superheroes, but never really got the hang of it. Except that she did, which is what makes her the centerpiece of this entire review, obviously. And most of all, her Corgis. Everywhere. It’s a series about a Corgi queen. I kid you not. On second thought, maybe that’s why I can relate to Bobbi. I dream of having my own Corgi army.

Additionally, I loved the art of the first few issues of Mockingbird. Just as they ruined the Batgirl art for me, there came Mockingbird, which was just as awesome. I found everything about the art very pretty, yet simple, yet funny and full of hilarious little details, familiar faces, and Easter eggs. What more could one want? For them not to ruin it? Oh, oops, they did. I didn’t really like the last part of the volume. Uh…

I am not giving this volume the full 5 stars because as good as each issue was as a singular entity of sorts, the story didn’t add up to enough for me to be in awe. Sure, it was overall alright. Very much so. But I expected more. A bigger conclusion, as far as one would go for a first volume. I was left going “Now it’s coming… Any moment now… Yep, this is it… Um?”

That’s not to say that I’m not going to continue reading on. Quite the opposite.

P.S. In case you are wondering about how close this Bobbi is to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Bobbi, not that much, for me. This one is much better.Look-wise? Yeah, Adrianne Palicki NAILED IT.

“Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop” by Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky

Sex Criminals, Volume 2: Two Worlds, One Cop(Author: Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky) + (Year: 2015) + (Goodreads)


Review:

I liked this volume a lot!

The previous one was centered around Suzie much more than it was around Jon. And I liked her a lot, while my feelings towards him were very ambiguous. Especially between him as she sees him, and him as he is.

In Volume 2, however, we had the opportunity to spend more time with the “real” Jon, and I started warming up to him more. I enjoyed the first issue of the volume a lot, because it showed his own struggle, his attempts to be “normal”, his desire to do so, for her, if not for himself.

Which of course led to a lot of ups and downs in their relationship, which, I guess, is pretty normal. And I also liked that the authors were very persistent in their storytelling. A worse writer would have idealized Suzie and Jon’s relationship now that they have found each other. Instead, the two characters stayed themselves. Suzie was described as… let’s call it frivolous, in her sex life, prior to meeting Jon, and here we saw her struggles to abstain from other men. Especially Robert Rainbow, whom I actually liked a lot.

However, my most beloved character of this volume was undoubtedly Jazmine St. Cocaine. She was a fantastic comic relief and a nice breath of fresh air among the inner struggles of Suzie and Jon, their relationship trouble, and their attempts of escaping Kegelface. Not to mention The Wicked + the Divine porn version, which was absolutely brilliant and I’m so glad I read that one first, because it made the Sex Criminals issue even better.

I’m really excited about reading the next volume of the story and seeing how everything unravels!

P.S. If there is one thing I would change about the art, it’s Jon’s nose. Nothing has ever been as unnecessary and as distracting.

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“Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour” by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour (Scott Pilgrim, #6)(Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley) + (Year: 2010) + (Goodreads)


Review:

Finally writing this review!

I think Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour is a pretty good conclusion to the series. After the events of the last volume Scott hit rock bottom and his state was not much better at the beginning of this volume, not to mention that he was a total creep, especially with Knives.

The other thing, which I thought was cool, was the fact that things with Envy were resolved, as she was maybe the only villain/anti-hero that concluded their story-arch in an amicable way with the heroes. I was also impressed how the narrative slightly changed. Up until this volume everything around Scott was described more or less the way HE sees it, but here we were able to see that Scott is maybe not the most reliable narrator after all. Which made me like Envy more than I expected!

This takes me to the battle of the two Scott’s. Even though this book is mostly fun, I can’t not see how there are some pretty accurate descriptions of emotional states, which through the magic of comic books are instead made into reality. In this case I am referring to the fact that Scott had such a strong inner battle for staying sane and not be overcome by sadness/depression/etc. that it actually manifested and it was the power of love and hope that helped Scott defeat it.

The point of the volume, the showdown with Gideon, was a little underwhelming, simply because he was described as too formidable an enemy in all previous volumes. However, I loved the story with the cat, especially the one panel where Scott cuddled the cat! Another thing that I appreciated is how they went back to Scott winning a life in one of the previous volumes, as at the time I read it, I was really hoping it would not be forgotten later on.

Overall, this has been a great series and I am glad I read it!

Thanks to my comic book guru, Mateusz, for recommending it.

“Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird Trick” by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

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(Author: Matt Fraction) + (Year: 2014) + (Goodreads)


Review:

I liked this volume much more than I expected. I had very high expectations which made me sure I would be disappointed. I was not. It was really interesting, funny and original.

I do not know whether it was a good or a bad idea, but I read Just the Tips by Fraction and Zdarsky before I did Sex Criminals and Just the Tips was basically all of the sex jokes and pictures from Sex Criminals in a separate book. Therefore, I was not spectacularly surprised or shocked by the jokes, simply because I had already seen them. But that does not mean that I did not appreciate Sex Criminals.

It is undeniable that the authors are very creative. There were many things that just “wow”-ed me. As in, how does anyone come up with anything as crazy as this?! Facts, however, are that these two guys did and the result was hilarious.

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I found many things about the characters that would normally put me off and make me dislike them, but in this book it kind of just made sense. For example, I liked Suzie, even though she was a bit too frivolous… But it is a sex comic book, what else should I expect.

The thing that did not make a lot of sense to me was Jon. He just felt very unbalanced, somehow just wrong in an existential way, rather than being badly written. That is why I was not sure what Suzie liked SO MUCH about him. And this also made me question the foundation of their relationship and whether it would develop as much if they didn’t share their abilities. I am really curious to read more about it in the next volumes, maybe I will change my mind. But for the majority of this novel I felt like Suzie agreed to a lot of things she didn’t like because of her feelings to Jon.

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Generally, I found everything in the creative design of Sex Criminals very… right. The atmosphere, the writing, the characters, the jokes, it all just went in a great sync. I hope this chemistry does not change further on.