Science fiction and fantasy
Moonstruck Volum 1: Magic To Brew
by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle
Julie loves a certain comic book, which is drawn as a story within a story, including Julie's wry commentary as she reads along. Quirky advice columns from various Blitheton characters sit between the chapters, adding to the sense of irreverence.
The mystery isn't particularly complex, and the stakes aren't terribly high. However, what makes Moonstruck compelling is the believable characterisations and friendships of the central characters. Chet is funny, cute, and prone to talking too much, a great foil for Julie's reserved shyness. Their friend Cass the seer is often confused and a little troubled. Selena is brave and a little bit reckless. Meanwhile, tempers fray in a local band of dubious talents as their guitarist decides to leave, and they draw Julie into their drama when she has more pressing concerns to deal with.
Shae Beagle's artwork is colourful and chunky, with characters drawn in a distinctive style that makes for fat legs tapering to tiny pointed feet. When characters get emotional they're often drawn in even more exaggerated ways. It's a style that will appeal to younger readers, which fits the story's all ages suitability. Cute, sweet, and extremely lighthearted and cosy, Moonstruck is a heartwarming story about accepting otherness. Adorable.
21st September 2018
If you like this, try:Castle Waiting: Volume 1 by Linda Medley
A fairytale castle opens its doors to refugees, misfits, and eccentrics. They all have stories to tell. A graphic novel.
Review © Ros Jackson
Source: own copy