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Comments for Emily and the Strangers Volume 1

Emily and the Strangers Volume 1: 02/18/15

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After the close of the Emily the Strange novels with Piece of Mind, I worried that that would be my last crossing of paths with Emily and her cats. I heard rumors that there would be a new comic book series starting, but I don't follow comics as closely as I follow graphic novels and other forms of fiction.

Thankfully, my lovely public library (who first introduced me to Emily, by the way) does have someone who follows both and is willing to purchase brand spanking new comics. So by dumb luck, not a week or two after it was first released, I had Emily and the Strangers Volume 1 by Rob Reger in my hands.

Here I was sure it would be a completely different take on Emily, with its own timeline and whatnot. It isn't. Yes, the style of the drawings is cartoonier, and Emily looks younger, but events happen in the same universe and timeline as those of the novels.

Emily is settling down after all her adventures, focusing on being a better daughter and future dark aunt. She also wants to return to one of her loves: music. There's a local contest where the prize is a magical (and haunted!) guitar. So Emily has to put together a band with the other local cooks and freaks.

And since it's a comic, rather than a hybrid graphic novel, there's nothing but Emily. The illustrations remind me a bit of the Danny Phantom universe. Partially it's a combination of the ghostly mayhem and unusual pre-teen / teenage characters.

Five stars

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