on 16 March 2008
First off, I'm a 20-year-old-guy, probably not the target audience of the minx line of comics, but I'd heard alot of buzz from the states and thought I'd check 'em out, and clubbing just happened to be the first one i picked up.
The art was the first thing that drew me to this book, reminding me of a batman cartoon i used to love as a kid (can't remember which one, but anyway). The drawings are nice and simple; not too cluttered, nice clean graphic style, infact i enjoyed the art very much (despite being alittle amateurish in places) but i do have one major beef; aren't these books supposed to be aimed at teen girls fed-up with the superhero visuals?! dear lord, some of the shots in this book made me embarassed to be reading it in public! But if you can ignore this, the art is quite good ('though noticably drops off towards the end).
Next, the storyline. I enjoyed the begining quite abit; ok, so 'lotte' is anoying at first, and i had to suspend my diselief at the stuff she got away with, it's quite an interesting story that doesn't rush, until about 3 quarters of the way in, then suddenly it takes a supernatural twist and it hurtles forward like an out-of-control mine-cart. When i re-read this book now, i actually stop as soon as the supernatural elements're introduced, because the good stuff's over.
So in short, if you want to give minx a try, I'd reccommend re-gifters first, but if you enjoy that you may get alil something out of this. Although definately flawed, i would reccommend borowing this, but for a cheap thrill it might be worth a flutter.
Charlotte Brook is in big trouble because she got caught trying to use fake ID to get into a club. Her parents have exiled her to her grandparents, a golf course in the countryside. She was sent to the country to keep her out of trouble, and to punish her. Soon this Goth girl shopaholic is trying to solve a murder.
The MINX line of comics was supposed to feature strong female characters, to be a premier series of comics for girls and young women. They achieved that as the 5 I have read so far have all been excellent books that I would be proud if my daughter would read when she was older. This is a story of a strong female character, yes she gets in trouble. But basically she is a good girl. These are excellent books. Well written and illustrated. What is best about this series is that almost all the books present a different culture, or ethnicity, yet together they present strong examples of good character, and strong females trying to find their way in the world. As well, they are entertaining enough that almost anyone can read them and learn from the stories.
on 9 September 2007
This is a huge leap forwards for graphic novels in the UK. A new series of normal paperback-sized books with great storylines and characters - aimed at both teenage girls and boys. Titan are to be congratulated for having the wisdom to break the declining mould of superhero-type comic books - and realising that there are other stories to be told and other markets to be tapped.
This first outing from comics-book genius Andi Watson is absolutely hilarious from start-to-finish. It's zippy, zappy and sassy all at the same time. The plot has good rhythm, the artwork is excellent and deep with lots of in-jokes in the background and Andi's knowledge of the ephemera of modern teenage life and angst is encyclopaedic.
By page 3, you will be desperately in love with Lottie Brook and by page 103, you will be desperately hoping that Andi is planning a sequel. If all the other outings in this series are as good as this, we are in for a very wild ride.
on 31 July 2008
Hello, I am a prime example of the target audience for this particular book.
And - guess what? I loved it. The illustrations were striking and somewhat charming, and the main character, Charlotte, was just plain adorable. The storyline? A bit bizarre but entertaining and enjoyable - and let's face it, this book is mainly for eye candy anyway.
I'd recommend it to girls aged between 13 and 16, especially if you have an interest in goth culture.