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Buzz!: 5 Kindle & comiXology
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|Length: 144 pages||Age Level: 9 - 12||Grade Level: 4 - 7|
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Published by Oni Press and drawn in Tessa Stone's Manga-influenced art style, Buzz! bears more than a passing resemblance to Oni's biggest success, Scott Pilgrim. Ananth Panagariya and Stone take the dull concept of spelling bees and jazz them up by making the letters that spell the words become actual weapons to attack opponents with so you get the Scott Pilgrim-ish lavish fight sequences. As you would expect in a comic with such a heavy emphasis on spelling bees ruling the world, the book is quite comedic and knowingly silly, a tone that's a lot like Scott Pilgrim's.
Stone's art style manages to make two people spelling obscure words seem extremely dramatic which is a helluva feat by itself. The opponents Webster go up against are also similarly outré from an immortal who has seen every language develop since man first appeared to a sorceress who magics up words.
I found the story to be a bit one-dimensional - we don't spend much time outside the tournament to learn more about the characters' wider world so that it restricts the reader from being fully drawn into the book. Given the huge cultural significance of spelling bees in this culture, I'd have liked to have seen it reflected in the architecture, or fashion, or dialogue rather than have the outside world be unaffected by it, besides cheering on spellers in a stadium. Also the characters are somewhat archetypical - not one of them seeming original, and the dialogue is a bit dull.
I do like the direction of this book and would like to see more comics like this that take an ordinary concept and play around with it to create something different and clever, rather than see even more superhero analogue stories or fantasy/sci-fi mash-ups. Buzz! is an entertaining enough book that fans of manga (think Dragon Ball's tournaments but with a much larger vocabulary) and Scott Pilgrim will enjoy the most.
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Wait come back! It's really freaking good!
This is the sort of silliness I'd only expect out of Japan, where you can make a 500 episode show for 13 year old boys about tournament level cooking, or fishing, or tops. It's just plain ridiculous, but it WORKS.
Both Ananth and Tessa are at the top of their games. The writing is clever and sharp and carries momentum like what, and the art is graphic, dynamic, and overall stunning. I'd recommend this to anyone who is a fan of good writing or art, and who can appreciate complete and utter commitment to their concept. This book doesn't screw around and it is entirely 100% earnest about what it is.
I freaking love it.
When I first got my copy, I sat down thinking to read a bit and move on, but I ended up devouring the whole thing in one go. Then went back for a second round to catch what I'd missed!
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