When I first picked up this volume I have to admit, I was expecting it to be better than it was. It's got a good cast of artists to it & the plotline sounded interesting in a The Craft meets Mean Girls sort of way. I was just so sad that this floundered so badly.
Spell Checkers follows the exploits of three truly mean girls- not only do they rule the roost at their school, but they also have magical powers! Unfortunately two of the trio are slowly starting to lose their powers as well as having horrible things written about them on the walls of their school while the third mysteriously keeps her strength. With tensions rising & a sweet sixteen party on the horizon, these girls better get their acts together or they'll discover that there's worse things than a little harassment & not being able to get it up magically.
I liked the premise of this book & I do like all of the artists. It's just that this didn't really seem to grab me. The artwork is fab, but then what do you expect from Jamie Rich & company? No, where the book failed to keep me was with the characters. I absolutely LOVE a good mean girl book, but none of these three girls really had me hooked. They just seemed to lack in the "read about me more!" charisma that I've found in other books such as the Pretty Little Liars series & other media. I'm really hoping that the second volume fleshes these girls out a little more & makes them a little more entertaining as well as going into a bit more about what makes them tick.
The story & jokes in this book are really what makes it readable- there's a lot of sarcasm in here, so much so that it just drips off of the pages in a wonderfully twisted way. And watching how our little witches misuse their powers? Incredibly entertaining. It's just that again, the three main characters just seem to be a little one dimensional in a not-good way. I kind of understand where they're trying to go with this, but I really do hope that the character developments improve in the next volume.
If you're looking for a great indie read, I suggest that you go halfsies on this wish a friend or get it from the library, if you can. This isn't a bad graphic novel & it has the potential to be really great, but it just doesn't seem to be as "OMG! MUST READ!" as some of the other books out there are.