Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Comic Review: Aquicorn Cove By Katie O'Neill

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O'Neill
Publisher: Omi Press
Release Date: October 16th, 2018
Format: Egalley, 96 pages
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: 

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When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness.

Okay, I have to fully admit that I was initially only interested in this one because of the cover. But come on! It's gorgeous! I am glad I shamefully judged a book by it's cover, because the art in this little comic was amazing! It was super colorful, and would have different panels using really bright pastels, and then the next using really saturated darker colors. The artwork really knew how to work the story and make you have all the feels. Seriously, I blew through this one because the art was amazing to look at. I definitely want to see what other stuff O'Neill has done, because I loved this one.

I have to admit the story was not exactly what I thought it was going to be, but I ended up really liking in nonetheless. Our main character Lana is visiting her Aunt Mae with her dad to help clean up after a particularly bad storm on the ocean village they grew up on. Having recently lost her mother, Lana is having a little bit of a hard time, but she keeps up finding things from the ocean that used to belong to the townspeople with help from the mystical Aquicorns. It's here she starts to unravel the story of her Aunt Mae and how she also interacted with the Aquicorns before Lana was born. The story also heavily talks about the effect of fishing and plastic on the ecosystem and it's a big source of the conflict. I wasn't expecting the environmental aspect of the story, but I really feel strongly about how we as humans are effecting the environment that I loved that this was included.

There is also a scene early on in the comic of how Lana has been feeling since her mother's death. From the panels it really seems like Lana might be suffering from a little bit of depression. I really like that this depicted how grief can effect a child and how for Lana she has a hard time understanding what her feelings mean. I think that is really important to show kids that it is okay to feel that way.

I also really like how the women were drawn in this comic. Aunt Mae, and Lana's mom Melody are depicted as these really muscular women. I loved that! Because fishing can be hard work, so it totally makes sense for them to have a lot of physical strength, but I feel like we never see women depicted like this.

This was such a sweet story, that I definitely want to get my hands on anything else O'Neill has done. I would recommend this one for the beautiful artwork alone, but I also think it has a great message behind the story.

*I received a free egalley copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

Happy Reads Everyone!