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Author(s): Pamela Ribon, Veronica Fish, and Brittany Peer
Publisher: Boom! Box (2017)
Age Rating: 13+
I was so inspired by the art of Veronica Fish yesterday in my review of The Wendy Project that I decided to review another work from Fish: Slam! This book is a bit closer to the artwork that I’ve grown to love from Fish: bold, colorful, and expressive…although the colors in this first trade of Slam come from the talented Brittany Peer and Laura Langston.
With story by Pamela Ribon, Slam takes us on a journey into the world of competitive roller derby. We learn the game, the lifestyle, the joy, and the tribulations. It’s a seriously cool book about what we value, how we balance those things we value, and what it means to be dedicated to something we value. I’m saying value a lot here; that’s OK. What we value is important, and if I were going to use this book in the classroom, I’d shape the lesson around just that: value (in case you didn’t get where I was going there).
The book is centered around two young players (Jennifer and Maisie) that come up through a mutual try-out, and the story line follows their relationship from meeting, to being drafted to rival teams, to squaring off against each other in the play-offs in the third act of issue four, so while we have the themes and lessons mentioned above, this book is also, in large part, about friendship…and it’s value. Sorry, I had to. But seriously, lots of friendship dynamics happening in this book that are pretty darn cool.
I knew practically nothing about roller derby going into the comic, and now, I want to find some in Chicago, find a favorite player, and buy shirts and foam fingers (hopefully they will be cheaper if I buy them together). I’m reviewing a book a day here, so you might find it silly that I’m wishing that this trade was longer than the four issues that I was given. It’s that fun! I guess I’ll have to pick up MORE comics the next time I hit up the comic book store…shucks. Thanks, Boom!
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