Pix, Vol. 1 : One Weirdest Weeend by Gregg Schigiel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Publisher: Image Comics
Point of View: 1st Person
Recommended Age: All
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Comics, Fantasy
Emaline Laurel Pixley is no ordinary teen. She has superpowers that she uses to save the day as the costumed hero, Pix!
Her heroics land her a guest spot on a hit daytime talk show. But when she starts talking about being a fairy princess, people wonder if this hero is more of a weirdo.
And from there, things get truly weird. TV equipment attacks! Pix finds herself on the wrong side of her bathroom sink! Her date gets hot, literally! And a frog’s been following her…a frog with a question! Add fancy shoes, odd clouds, dragons, Pix’s neighbor’s dog, and an escaped zoo monkey… It’s all part of what one could only describe as ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND!
It’s actually very, very unfortunate how disappointing this comic is. I was barely even capable of finishing the first volume. I also have the second volume lined up to read, but so help me, I don’t think I can.
It’s especially unfortunate, because it’s kind of cute. The artist has a special style I could recognize anywhere. BUT, my goodness, he should take writing lessons. Although he’s talented at drawing, developing characters and stories are not his forte.
I was sure I would love it at first. I mean, come on, fairies! How often do you see those in comic books? Close to never. (Unless I don’t read enough of them.) Plus the fairy is in high school and she’s doing good things for humanity.
But it’s so not realistic, even considering the fact that it’s a fantasy comic. The main character’s background is nonexistent. We know she’s a fairy, but we don’t know much else about her past. We do know about her magical powers.
And that’s pretty much all. Her friends are actually more interesting than she is. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more one-dimensional graphic novel, manga or comic heroine. She acts like she’s ten and like there’s not an ounce of bad in her.
Who am I to complain about that? Good people are good, so what? She is TOO good. Too perfect all the time. Even when she makes mistakes, you can’t help but blame someone else. She is courageous and strong, but I couldn’t be genuine friends with her, since most of the time I have trouble believing she’s not imagined by one of the other characters (or some dreaming plant).
Furthermore, the story is so simplistic and… babyish. The characters are mature-looking and yet most of them are acting like middle schoolers. I would dare say this comic would suit eight-year-olds, that’s how young a vibe it has. Plus no explicit or gory content WHATSOEVER. Too it’s-a-wonderful-life-ish. The title either isn’t very serious. Trying too hard.