Moonstruck, Volume One: Magic to Brew


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Moonstruck, Volume One: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: March 27th, 2018
Publisher: Image Comics
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Comic, Fantasy, Humor, LGBTQIA+, Magic


BLURB:

Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it’s too late.

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This one reminds me of the webcomics I used to read when I was a bit younger.

The ones that I would turn to whenever I would feel anxious about something – so I could take my mind off of the stressful element – and whenever I needed cuteness in my life.

Because those are the kinds of stories that are going to make my day better. This comic definitely uplifted my mood and entertained me. It’s cute in such a way that makes you forget there is even the slightest bit of ugliness in the world.

And the adorable illustrations sure help immerse you into the world. The world itself isn’t explained – we know there is magic and all sorts of fantasy creatures, nothing more – but at least the visuals are well done and intriguing.

The main character is Julie. She’s a werewolf. But she’s such a people person that it also revolves very much around her girlfriend Selena, with whom she has a wonderful relationship, her best friend and colleague, Chet, as well as other lovely monster friends.

The storyline itself is a mess. It goes in a lot of directions. Even though the reader understands that Julie and cie must help Chet regain what he lost to black magic, there are a lot of random scenes that take away from the seriousness of the situation.

Actually, I wasn’t able to take this comic seriously at all. (Did you get my pun??) That’s honestly fine because it wasn’t written to become the next Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic or something and, as previously mentioned, it’s cute, cute, cute.

There could have been more to it, but it’s decent enough.

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