Blue Monday: The Kids Are Alright (Blue Monday #1) by Clugston Flores Chynna
Published by: Image Comics on August 2, 2016
Review Source: Publisher
Genres: Graphic Novel, Slice of Life
Plot: A humorous jaunt through Blue’s adolescence.
Review: This first volume is a two-parter, but all revolves around Blue who is basically your average British teen of the 90’s. She’s a little punk, a little emo, and a huge fan of Adam Ant. She probably wishes she was born a few years sooner, and crushes on lead singers and attractive male teachers alike. The first half is dedicated to Blue doing everything in her power to snag concert tickets, which if you’ve ever been a broke teen that digs music, you know the struggle is real. The second half is a collection of quirky shorts that don’t quite have the same charm as the longer opener. The artwork isn’t as crisp in these either, but still solid enough to please.
Why should you give it a go? It’s safe to say you either were or knew a girl like Blue, which is what makes this comic so endearing. It held a lot of nostalgia for me. It has that 80’s / 90’s cheese factor that makes you ignore the horrid haircuts of the past and fall for your record collection all over again. The only drawback is that I felt like I didn’t have enough plot movement for this to hold my attention long-term. So while I liked this, I’m not sure it is something I would stick with.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: Anyone looking for some classic 90’s fun will like this one.
*I would like to thank Image Comics for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*