I tend to get really excited when I see comics in places other than comic shops, Fangirls, so seeing a graphic novel in Target got me super excited. I thought, “This never happens, I should grab it while I’m here!” And totally did. I didn’t read the description, didn’t flip through it, and honestly didn’t even think about it; I just grabbed it. I’m pretty glad that I did, though.
Username: Evie is about a misfit named Evie. She doesn’t have any friends, her mum passed away when she was young, and just when she thinks it can’t get worse, her dad passes away as well. After being forced to move in with her bitchy and bratty cousin Mallory, Evie goes to her room to escape into her computer…literally. She finds a program labelled E.Scape, and when she clicks it, her father is telling her to look into the webcam and relax her mind.
Seconds later, she’s in a beautiful open area that’s nothin like her home. She’s greeted by Unity, given a hug, and told that E.Scape is there to remind her of her influence. She walks a very long way, and reaches a city. There she meets a handsome boy, and things seem to be pretty good. Unbeknownst to her, Mallory followed her in, and is creating chaos everywhere. Evie’s goal becomes survival. She has to meet up with a mysterious man and get herself back home before her entire world is destroyed.
Overall, this is a pretty good book. The storyline surprised me with it’s depth and reminder of everyone’s importance. It’s wonderful to read a book about a woman overcoming a problem the “right” way; no name calling, hair pulling, or any of that other stereotypical nonsense.
The art, however, is not up my alley. There were a couple times when things looked way off, but for the most part was acceptable. I just don’t tend to go for books with that style art. My only other complaint was the over usage of onomatopoeia; they were everywhere. I know that when I think of “classic” comic styles, 60’s Batman comes to mind, along with his impressive amount of onomatopoeia, but it was far too much in Username: Evie.
Altogether, I do recommend this book. It shows virtual worlds in a unique way, emphasizes the importance of everyone, and reminds readers that their influence is wider reaching than they may expect. I think it really shows off some lovely ideals, and that is the most important thing. Books can be such wonderful ways to teach, and I think the quiet reminder that “wherever life takes you, even if things get tough, never forget that you are loved” is so important, and it’s mentioned three times in the book.
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