I’ve reviewed comics for quite a while now and my mission has always been the same. I’m not here to elevate an art form, or to perform critical analysis of the stories socio-economic and societal implications, I’m here to speak to you, the reader, the comic book fan, about good comics.
We reviewed Maclean’s Head Lopper after 2014’s Asbury Park Comicon (which I really have to say has showcased some amazing talent over the years) and we were blown away by his art style and storytelling ability.
Well ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For the End Times shows us that same amazing storytelling again, this time with a kick-ass female protagonist. Amazing storytelling isn’t a term I use lightly Maclean brings a unique sensibility to this story that just pulls the reader along with the pace of the book, speeding up and slowing down organically.
The art is cartoony in much the same way as Casanova (from Moon and Ba) or Lumberjanes can be. Angular lines, less realism in the backgrounds more of an indie vibe. But not distracting in its style either. It amazed me that, after reading the full 97 page graphic novel in one sitting (because I simply couldn’t put it down) his unique style didn’t intrude upon my decidedly non-indie tastes.
ApocalypticGirl is the story of Aria, a woman on a post apocalyptic world with a mission, and a cat named Jellybean. The mission seems endless, to search for a ancient relic with immeasurable power. It may not even be on the planet she’s on. But she gets up every morning, feeds Jellybean, arms herself, and they head out in search of “it.” What she finds turns her whole world on its ear.
Do yourself a favor and read an Andrew Maclean graphic novel, he has a great voice and a unique style that really pulls you in. I can’t recommend this one highly enough.
ApocalypticGirl: An Aria For The End Times gets a 4.5 out of 5.
ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For the End Times (JAN150129)
Andrew MacLean (W/A/Cover)
On sale May 20