It reminded me heavily of Stranger Things, but with more action, more female power, and a more ominous atmosphere (as much as that is possible). Pays homage to all those 80's flicks, about kids who have to go out on their own to defeat some kind of darkness (ie. The Monster Squad, Goonies, Legend). Even with all of the bright colours, the comic was able to purvey excitement, horror, loneliness and fear. The bright colours often contrasted the emotions, making it stark and confusing, but in a good way. The drawing perfectly captured the era they were conveying, and reflected well the 80's preteen.
I especially enjoyed the pink colouring within, it was genius. Flipping gender stereotypes on their heads is my jam, and this comic took pink from being feminine, girly, fancy and annoying to being in your face or subtle, calm or terrifying, it was used as a weapon (or the essence or force behind the weapon), and it was a harbinger of doom. There was nothing safe about the colour pink in this graphic novel, it was meant to be overwhelming, overbearing, and bled throughout like a sickness. Pink was power and possession. It made me appreciate a colour I truly despise!
I am excited to open the pages of the next graphic novel; with the fate of our four heroines up in the air, what happens next? What does Apple have to do with world destruction? Why are teenagers labelled criminals? What are these terrifying flying creatures and their knights? Who is good and who is bad? What is with Erin's crazy nightmares about hell?
I am invested, intrigued, and a fan. This graphic novel is electrifying, neon-tastic, and a perfect read for both young girls and guys. Strong young women, a powerful storyline, great messages, so glad these kinds of graphic novels are becoming more popular. This is what I craved as a kid, not the superhero women that I had nothing in common with, who seemed less powerful then all of the superhero dudes. Luckily, I had Robotech, which I collected in abundance, something about robots and space...haha.
I encourage everyone to grab this thrilling read, if for nothing else but the amazing drawing, colouring, and thrust of nostalgia it produces. Seriously though, you will stick around for the characters and this powerfully written scifi saga!
Some of my favourite pages below, showing off the vivid colour.