Surviving on a post-apocalyptic planet is had enough. There are all these things thatâ€™ll kill you just by looking at them. Good thing you have a cat. At least, Aria does in Andrew Macleanâ€™s graphic novel â€œApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times.â€
In a post-apocalyptic world Aria, along with her cat Jelly Beans, is searching for an ancient relic that has a ton of power. However, things take a turn for the worse when a hunter finds her hideout and now she has to not only find the relic but fight these hunters at the same time.
Itâ€™s a fast-paced graphic novel that has plenty of positivesâ€¦if you can get past Aria constantly arias. Thatâ€™s the only real nitpick about this graphic novel. Yes, it fits because the main leadâ€™s name is Aria, but it does get annoying after a while and the only real purpose for her singing them is to annoy Jelly Beans.
Besides that, the plot is fine, Aria is a cool character in that she actually acts like what a cool-headed person would act like in this situation despite the times where she is complaining. Yes, she complaining but sheâ€™s not throwing a fit (except for that scene where she destroys her computer.
The only real downside is that this isn’t the type of story that needs a sequel/prequel. Whatever plot we get here is fine and anything more would just overcomplicate things.
The graphic novel has one of the most unique art styles in recent history. Itâ€™s hard to explain what it looks like. Aria has this sort of medieval Japanese art to her even though sheâ€™s wearing modern clothes. The only thing that can be described is the use of color for each panel. The color used is integral for setting up the mood for whateverâ€™s happening in the scene and Maclean does a solid job of portraying emotion using color.
â€œApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Timesâ€ has a decent plot with a cool character and some great art. Itâ€™s not something groundbreaking but it is worth looking into just for the art and for a decent story about a girl and her cat.
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