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on 11 March 2009
As a thirty-seven year old man I have not read a graphic novel in a long time. Not even sure if "graphic novel" is a term that is still used but that's besides the point. I was keen to read this as although it's published in the USA, it was written and created entirely by one from dear old Blighty.
The story is set in a sleepy town in Worcestershire, which is another reason to read it (name me another graphic novel set in Worcestershire)? It accounts the humdrum existence of a teenage girl Astrid and her friends who aspire to be something more. It sounds unoriginal but that is not the point. McKelvie gives the characters a depth and reality that makes one actually care for them which is something that a lot of "comic book" writers fail to do.
I will not spoil the plot too much but let's just say that Astrid is something more than your average gal. The artwork is great and as mentioned earlier the characters are credible. I feel the ending was a little rushed but overall a great piece of work.
I sincerely hope that Mr.McKelvie is given the freedom to develop not only his talent as an artist but also his talent as a storyteller. And believe me when I tell you that he has got genuine talent. The git.