ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times
Creator: Andrew MacLean
Published: Dark Horse Comics
ApocalyptiGirl in an ApoclyptiEarth
ApocalyptiGirl is a Dark Horse graphic novel, set on post-apocalyptic Earth, following Aria and her cat Jelly Bean as they try to find an ancient relic while avoiding the tribal remains of humanity. It sounds like an interesting premise, one that could go far and have a decent run, but sadly it wraps up all too quickly.
For me, this story was rushed and should have been stretched to at least two bind ups, instead of being squashed into this singular run. Then again, I always find myself thinking about similar things in one-shot comics. This could easily just be my preferences or something I need to adjust to, after spending years reading long comic series/books. If you’re more used to one-shots, this could very easily not be a problem for you.
The stakes are high
In the same vein, the world was interesting, the stakes were high, but due to the rush, the story fell a little bit flat for me in the end. I never fully felt Aria’s desperation for home, or anything of the sort, if I’m honest. Again, this could be entirely due to my own preferences in comics.
On a more positive note, I did enjoy the artwork, it was a breath of fresh air to the graphic novels I usually read. It reminded me a lot of the cover artwork from Nimona by Noelle Stevenson and Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On, which gave the story a certain level of charm.
I found Aria to be an interesting character, she was driven and resourceful. I liked seeing her connection to her cat, and the ways she entertained herself when she wasn’t searching for the artefact. For me, this broke the mould of more recent characters in post-apocalyptic stories, where everyone seems to feel constantly hopeless, which is understandable, but not very enjoyable to read in my opinion. It would have been nice to explore that more, but obviously, there were constraints on page count.
Overall, ApocalyptiGirl is a quick, fun read, but one that definitely had more potential as a series, not just a one-off. Those more used to one-shots and short stories will almost definitely enjoy this more than those used to longer work, but it’s an interesting take on the apocalypse and has some great, unusual artwork for graphic novels.
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