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Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders
Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot and Cara McGee
Clues to the Universe by Christina Li
Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 6 by Ryoko Kui
Five Unicorn Flush by T.J. Berry
Ghost-Spider, Volume 2: Party People by Seanan McGuire and Ig Guara (Illustrations)
Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates
Hide and Seek by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins
The Hound of Florence by Felix Salten
Legend in Green Velvet by Elizabeth Peters
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates
The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke
Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
No Such Thing as Ghosts by Ursula Vernon
Oh My Gods! by Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick, and Juliana Moon (Illustrations)
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (re-read)
Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
Sky Island by L. Frank Baum
Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Spore by Alex Scarrow
Stella's Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Winter of Secrets by Vicki Delany

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Ghost-Spider, Volume 2: Party People: 01/21/21

Ghost-Spider, Volume 2: Party People

Ghost-Spider, Volume 2: Party People by Seanan McGuire and Ig Guara (Illustrations) is primarily about the reappearance of the Storm siblings after being missing for five years. On the B plot, in the other dimension, there's a new law forbidding superheroes under the age of 21 unless they have a sponsor. Both plots give Gwen a lot to consider as she is trying to find a workable balance between family, school, and being a superhero.

Of the two plots I found the Storm one the most compelling. At first glance it's a lost time mystery. They swear to they don't know what happened. But there's clearly something off about their story which reminds me all the way through of the duplicitous nature of Alicia Bitch Long Legs in Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophia Kinsella (2014).

The alternate universe plot is there to remind readers that Gwen's story is part of the larger Marvel Universe. There are notes for anyone who wants to pick up the other comics. I am personally not in any particular rush to do so.

Four stars

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