SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki — A Review

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RaeleighReads rating: love--coffee-png-image-52236love--coffee-png-image-52236love--coffee-png-image-52236love--coffee-png-image-52236

“‘What’s wrong with you?’

‘Nothing. Everything.’

‘Okay. Well, text me when you’re done.'”

So, first off, this is not a graphic novel. Just wanted to clear that up for anyone who was confused. This is a compilation of Tamaki’s web comic of the same name. So, you’ll find mostly single page strips. Here’s some of the Goodreads summary:

SuperMutant Magic Academy has won two Ignatz Awards. This volume combines the most popular content from the webcomic with a selection of all-new, never-before-seen strips that conclude Tamaki’s account of life at the academy.”

Now, don’t let the title throw you. You will not be delving into a fantastical world of magic and witches and supernatural creatures. Well, you will, but that isn’t the focus. This is teen angst at its most excruciating. It’s hilarious. Trust me. Do NOT read this in the library. I got more than a few annoyed looks at my giggles and guffaws. It’s also pensive. A little existential. And a little weird, but in a good way.

I absolutely loved the character Francis. She is fearless and wild and I ❤ her. She’s a performance artist, and… I’ll just leave it at that. Go read the compilation to see for yourself. It’s just really good stuff.

Now, I’ll be honest, I often found the strips to be confusing, and I think that is partly because it is arranged as if it were a complete narrative, but of course it isn’t. But that’s how my brain is trained to read left to right continuous text and imagery. Some sort of page breaks or strip breaks would have been appreciated.

Anyhoo, I’ll just finish off by sharing a few of my favorite strips.

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I read this for the Read Harder Challenge. I wanted to knock off several challenges in one go, and there were THREE comics challenges this year:

  • #4, A Comic written and illustrated by the same person.
  • #8, A comic written or illustrated by a person of color.
  • #18, A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image.

If you like a little teen drama with a side of serious, this is for you. Happy reading!


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