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Review: ‘Emily and the Strangers’ #1

With Universal Studios set to release a film version of the iconic counterculture character played by Chloë Moretz (Let Me In, Kick-Ass) in the near future, the return of Emily the Strange to Dark Horse Comics could not be more timely. Creator Rob Reger, along with co-writer Mariah Huehner (True Blood, Angel) and artist Emily Ivie (The Locked Maze, Rotsterarsil), team up to deliver a full-color, three-issue miniseries titled “Emily and the Strangers”, and it’s zorking amazing.

WRITTEN BY: Rob Reger, Mariah Heuhner
ART BY: Emily Ivie
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: January 30th

‘Emily and the Strangers’ is a delightfully charming and buoyantly dark endeavor by the creative team; filled with avant-garde contraptions, secret teen-speak vernacular, and authentically detailed artwork that encompasses the moody, steampunk, alternative goth style the series exhibits. But while it’s hitting the market as an all-ages comic book, there’s a specific target-audience that Reger and Heuhner are reaching out to. Even still, Emily’s sullenly sarcastic personality, nerdy innovations, and unapologetic anti-social tendencies, fail to conceal a subtle sweetness to her character that will appeal to both new readers and Emily fans alike.

The art by Emily Ivie is drenched in murky colours and is showcased in fantastically detailed panels; specifically, in the laboratory where our young protagonists formulates all her pseudo-science plans for her obscure inventions. There’s so much going on visually, that readers will need a minute or two to fully absorb each page. Ivie’s style is so simple, yet perfectly suited for the series, and she captures the essence of ‘Emily the Strange’ marvellously.

Issue #1 is definitely off to a great start. With help from her quartet of havoc-wreaking black cats, Emily is hell-bent on creating the most rockin’ song the world has ever heard, in order to win the legendary haunted guitar owned by the late Professa Kraken, a musician who died under mysterious circumstances. Only trouble is, she needs a band to be able to win the prize. Can she go it alone, or succumb to the interests of a young musical prodigy named Evan Stranger, who just wants to put a band together to rock out to his heart’s content? Pick up a copy to find out, but just know that she does not play well with others.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – ShadowJayd



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