Starlord takes a look at the latest from Oni Press: Spellcheckers Vol. 1, in stores now!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Title: Spell Checkers Vol. 1
Writer: Jamie S. Rich
Artist: Nicolas Hitori de & Joelle Jones
Format: B&W, Digest
Page Count: 144
Shelf Date: 4/14/2010
What do modern teenage witches, the rock band Wheezer and the clitoris have in common? I’m not telling, but it’s worth reading Spell Checkers Vol 1 to find out.
If you need a comparison to help you out on this, try Charmed meets Cruel Intentions with a bit of Dark Willow thrown in for good measure. I say this in all good ways, though. I’ll admit I was thrown for a loop on how great of a page turner this really turned out to be.
Three high school girls have found a book of spells and together have become their own little covenant. When they start getting threats by way of graffiti on their lockers, which culminates in two of them slowly losing their powers. This brings up the question – Has their friend betrayed them... or is it something else.
This may be rated for teen, but so was Harry Potter and Twilight when they first came out, and many people over twenty have eaten these stories up. I predict this could very well sit up there with some of the best teen books that have come through comics in the last ten years. Young Avengers, Scott Pilgrim and now Spell Checkers.
I don’t say this lightly. This has major hit written all over it. I know I’ll pick it up for my oldest daughter and bet my other half will end up reading this as well. There’s something for everyone in here. But what I enjoyed the best about this? The dark humor is hilarious.
Thank you Jamie Rich, Nicolas Hitori de and Joelle Jones for creating such wonderfully full rounded anti-heroes. Even after reading it I can’t figure out if I should have been rooting for these ladies or not... and that’s a good thing.