Thursday, March 24, 2016

ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End of Times by Andrew MacLean

ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End of Times by Andrew MacLean

At its core, ApocalyptiGirl is a simple post-apocalyptic story about a girl and her cat, Jelly Beans, trying to survive the world. Two tribes war over resources, the Blue Stripes and the Grey Beards. We also learn that she is on a mission, hunting and ancient power source for the past five years. Her search accelerates and puts her and Jelly Beans on a dangerous path after a confrontation with a young Blue Stripe savage.

Weighing in at 96 pages, this is a very quick little graphic novel that does not leave a lot of time for messing about. While it would be nice to see certain aspects, such as world building and background developed, this is essentially a novella and, as such, does not really have the time to spare. Within those relatively few pages, MacLean does an excellent job with pacing the story and delivers some excellent artwork that does an excellent job supporting the story.

In all, ApocalytiGirl is an interesting take on the whole post-apocalyptic genre, playing some with the well-worn trope. MacLean also brings some excellent visuals to his story making ApocalyptiGirl an interesting, if brief read.

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