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My Boyfriend Bites: 05/31/18
My Boyfriend Bites by Dan Jolley and Alitha E. Martinez is the third in the My Boyfriend is a Monster graphic novel series. Vanessa Shingle is a high school senior who has a habit of trying to change people — especially the men in her life. Then she meets Mr. Perfect — the janitor at the local college.
Around the same time bad stuff starts to happen. It starts as a series of near fatal accidents, and then attacks by local teens, and then monsters. Each time, she's saved by Mr. Perfect.
The tone of this book is a cross between first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Clueless. It has similar plot points to the beginning romance between Buffy and Angel but played more for the comedy than for the on-going metaphor of the dangers of May-December romance.
For me, the attempt at broad humor doesn't work here. The bordering on slapstick hindered a more natural development of the plot. Vanessa goes from well meaning but slightly ditzy do-gooder to almost victim to prophesied monster slayer with little to no segue.
The next in the series is Under His Spell by Marie P. Croall and Hyeondo Park.