At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.
Plot & Worldbuilding
I am not entirely sure I can speak up on the worldbuilding here, but there are several things that felt sort of strange to me: more exactly the opening scene. It was a cut to mid-action and it kept on going for 10 pages until it got explained. Now, 10 pages would be okay for other forms, but for a comicbook that is 30 pages, that is a third of the whole thing that is spent on confusion island which I am not a fan of. More so, it becomes extra confusing when you can’t follow the storyline.
There are so many things happening at once and being thrown around, especially all sorts of myths, that you can’t keep up with what is going on for too long. Also, there doesn’t seem to be much continuity in what is going on, or consequences for actions (keeping it vague here, but wouldn’t the outcome of the bet in the first-second volume be a pretty big deal?).
Also, I feel like there should have been some sort of hint to a bigger secret, since this has huge potential, but nothing is presented in a “there is more to this” sort of way which bums me out.
I liked the girls and their unity as a group!! All of them were interesting in their own way and very much goofy and just the right dose of fun I needed at the time of reading this. There arren’t many girl friendships being represented well in the media, so this was a great fresh breath of air. Ripley especially has won my HEART.
Second of all, I’m not going to talk about this much since I don’t want to spoil it, but nobody told me this has sapphic rep and just how sweet it is!!
Art & Writing Style
Let’s start with the positives: the artstyle in the first two volumes was great, if a little too messy, but still great. Done.
Literally, art-wise that is all I have to say. I am trying not to be harsh, but the panelling was chaotic for the first two volumes, and while the artist got changed in the third one and the panelling got better, the art was extremely different and the athmosphere and mood of the story it set up was completely different to what was going on. While the first two voluems were dynamic, the third was nothing short of static and stiff at times. Also, the color palette changed (or it might be just my eyes playing me at this point) and the colors themselves don’t fit anymore to what was established prior to this.
Also, speech bubbles, way too many speech bubbles to count. It got headache-worthy really quick. I believe I made my stance on the dialogue used pretty clear in the characters section so I won’t delve into that anymore.
For short, the characters and representation in this book is overall a wholesome ray of sunshine, but it doesn’t manage to overcome the other shortcomings of the series, in my opinion. Still, if you liked Nimona and want to pick this up, don’t let my review take over your judgmenet and pick this up and try it yourself!