Fangirls, I bought this in a whim a couple months ago, and didn’t actually get to sit down and read it until this morning before we left. I was intrigued by it because it’s Boom! Box and hey do amazing things, but also the colors are beyond gorgeous. I’m incredibly glad I finally got to crack it, though, because it seems like the beginning of something phenomenal.
Jory is new to school and also town, so things are a bit awkward for him. When his mom pushes him to join a club, he initially suggests Bush Club (where he sits in the bushes and draws in his sketchbook), but reconsiders and checks out drama club instead. The actors don’t really seem like the type of folks he’d go for, but they send him on an errand and he gets some good alone time.
As he searches for a tiara, he runs into each of the Backstagers. The crew hands need his help in dealing with Tool Rats; critters that eat the props and multiply pretty dang quickly. They work together to trap and rehome the Tool Rats, Jory gets the tiara, and heads back up to the stage.
After some visible dislike for the actors, Jory goes back downstairs and tells his new friends that he wants to be a Backstager. That’s where the first issue ends.
I loved this, Fangirls. Jory is very easy to relate to, especially if you’ve ever switched schools. And if not, high school is crazy awkward no matter what, so he’s still relatable. Like I mentioned before, the colors in this are absolutely wild. Also, one of the Backstagers reminds me a lot of Steven Universe, and that gets me pumped.
Altogether, this was a phenomenal start and I’m anxious to get my hands on the subsequent copies. Keep reading, Fangirls, and let me know if you have any suggestions for what I should pick up next!
Backstagers is written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Rian Sygh, and colored by Walter Baiamonte.
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