Sunday, March 7, 2021

3 Oni Press Graphic Novel Mini Reviews


Here are 3 mini reviews of upcoming Oni Press graphic novels. I love reading graphic novels and Oni Press is one of my favorite publishers of graphic novels.

*All 3 graphic novels were eARCS from the publisher via NetGalley for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Secrets of Camp Whatever by Chris Grine

Publication Date: March 16, 2021

Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Eleven year-old Willow doesn’t want to go to her dad’s weird old summer camp any more than she wants her family to move to the weird old town where that camp is located. But her family—and fate itself—seem to have plans of their own. Soon Willow finds herself neck-deep in a confounding mystery involving stolen snacks, suspected vampires, and missing campers, all shrouded in the sinister fog that hides a generation of secrets at Camp … Whatever it’s called.

Secrets of Camp Whatever was a cute graphic novel. I really liked the artwork, and many of the creepy characters reminded me of Scooby Doo villains. I love reading stories that take place in a summer camp, especially a summer camp filled with monsters! The main character is deaf and I liked the inclusion of a disabled MC. I’m glad there’s going to be another volume because I enjoyed this story and I’m curious to see where it goes.

Martian Ghost Centaur by Mat Heagerty

Publication Date: March 16, 2021

Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The town of Southborough used to be a major tourism destination, drawing folks from all over in the hopes they’d spot the famous Sasquatch, reportedly seen in the town many times over the years. But it’s been ages since anyone’s spotted the ‘squatch, and tourism is starting to dry up. A tech company called (a start-up that helps people start their own start-ups) decides to begin buying up places all over town in order to build their techie headquarters, driving out all the local townspeople. Luckily, Southborough is also home to Louie O’Connor, firm believer in the Sasquatch’s existence and all-around, mega ’squatch fan.

When Louie’s dads’ restaurant, Squatch Burger, starts to go under and fall prey to the techie start-up, Louie and her best friend Felix decide they’ll do whatever it takes to save the town from losing all the people and places that make it special. In hopes that convincing people the Sasquatch is real and to drive back tourism, Louie and Felix plan an elaborate hoax in hopes of saving the town from the dot-com takeover. But when Felix starts talking about leaving their hometown for college in LA, Louie will have to face some tough questions about herself, her future career, and her place in her beloved hometown.

I really was excited to read Martian Ghost Centaur because it sounded so good, and I really did enjoy it. This was another cute graphic novel. I really loved the colorful cartoon-like artwork and the story was so much fun. The characters were all diverse and interesting. I loved the friendship between the main characters, Louie and Felix. This is definitely a graphic novel that I would buy to read again.

Rogue Planet by Cullen Bunn

Publication Date: March 9, 2021

Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror Graphic Novel

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Salvage vessel Cortes tracks the Lonely Orphan, a planet with no star system to call its own. Somewhere on this hostile rock is a payload fit for a king. To attain it, though, the crew of the Cortes must brave razor rock, poisonous vapors, treacherous footing, and… the most mind-numbing horrors imaginable. Struggling to stay alive, they are beset at every turn by horrors from their own nightmares. Now, they have discovered that they are not alone on the planet, and the other inhabitants welcome them… as sacrifices to an elder god.

Stranded on a vicious, murderous, seemingly intelligent planet, the crew of the Cortes must reevaluate what it truly means to survive, and what they are willing to do in order to spare their own lives.

Rogue Planet is a sci-if/horror graphic novel that is gory and gruesome at times. I think the artwork is nice, and parts of the story were exciting, but the plot felt too similar to other sci-fi horror stories and films out there, especially the Alien movies. The story was too confusing at times and hard to follow. I was not a fan of the darker coloring, but that’s a personal preference since I tend to like brighter coloring in graphic novels. I wanted more from the story, and unfortunately, I did not enjoy this one. 

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