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Title: The Wendy Project
Author(s): Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish
Publisher: Super Genius (2017)
Age Rating: 13+
The Wendy Project from writer Melissa Jane Osborne and artist Veronica Fish is a tale that fits nicely into the pocket with graphic novels such as Image Comics’ I Kill Giants and Lion Forge’s Doomboy. It’s a story about a teen that is having a difficult time dealing with loss, so she manifests a reality to help herself cope with the truth. These three graphic novels would actually fit nicely into a unit on loss and how we deal with difficult situations: a theme in all three books, and a theme common in literature in general.
I love the art of veronica Fish. I have ever since I’ve been reading her work in the new Archie run, and she does not disappoint here. The line art in this book looks a bit sketchy compared to her other works, and the coloring is scarce, only used for emphasis, but that’s the way this book is shaped. Our protagonist, Wendy, is given a sketchbook to draw her feelings and emotions, and much of what we find in the book is a reflection of Wendy’s subconscious, so it’s not meant to be perfect. However, it’s still beautifully drawn and colored, and the actual physical book looks and feels like a note/sketchbook, so that adds a layer of cool to the aesthetic as well.
The story is solid, but I must say, for me, it gets a little Peter Pan heavy in the third act. The allusions to Pan run throughout the book. There are quotations from J.M. Barrie throughout, which I found cool, but as the book goes on, the Pan references get a bit thick for me. It might just be me. Having just come off of coaching over ten years of high school speech and drama, I’m fairly worn out of the Pan, so you might not find the Barrie lore as I do. Either way, this is a solid graphic novel that teens will love. And while I might have slight issues with a heavy Pan, the relationships, the dialogue, and the characters seem to come from a real place, and that’s always a good thing when developing story.
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