Book Title: Skybound Presents: Afterschool
Book Description: Overa Nora is your typical teenage girl. She understands the concepts her teachers are trying to get across in her classes. Her grades are good; but not great. She had a crush on someone. The world would be Nora’s oyster if she could get her anxiety under control. Then Nora gets a service dog named Janie that changes everything for her.
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R
Creative Team: Writer: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead Artist: Greg Hinkle Colors: Giovanna Niro Letters: Pat Brosseau Cover: Veronica Fish Editor: Jon Moisan Publisher: Image Comics
Ratings: Story: 3.6 Stars Interior Artwork: 3.7 Stars Cover Artwork: 3.2 Stars Dialogue: 3.3 Stars Mechanics: 3.5 Stars Editing: 3.4 Stars
“Skybound Presents: Afterschool” #1 reminds me of the old after school specials, with a twist. We get a very relatable character in Nora. Her observation after dissecting the frog sealed the deal for me.
“I’m not a serial killer. But I do wish I could say this was on purpose.” It’s the perfect way to describe how my work in those labs came out. I ended up doing a plastic model kit of a dissected frog. This wasn’t out of protest. The dissection I performed in class went that poorly.
The cover artwork is well done. It has great lines and coloring. It doesn’t convey as much of what the book is about as I would have liked. It still created enough intrigue for me to want to purchase the book when I saw it on the shelves at my local comic book store.
I enjoyed the artwork on the interior pages. From the very first page it’s bold and in the reader’s face. It went a long way towards helping pull the reader into the story.
The geek on a budget in me says “Skybound Presents: Afterschool” #1 is worth the price of admission. We get an interesting story, good artwork, and some good laughs along the way.
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