Saturday, April 23, 2016

Octopus Pie: Volume 1

Octopus Pie: Volume 1
author: Meredith Gran
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.51
book published:
rating: 3
read at: 2016/04/23
date added: 2016/04/23
shelves: graphic-novels
'Octopus Pie: Volume 1' by Meredith Gran is a comic about mismatched roommates and their friends living in Brooklyn. The comics range from humorous to light drama.

Eve is in need of a roommate and she finds one in Hannah, someone she knew as a child. The problem is that they have very different personalities, including Hannah's pot smoking. Throughout the comics, we follow these twenty-somethings and their various friends. Eve works at an organic food store run by Olly, who is a bit tyranncal and cheap. In one sequence, she designs a new logo for the store which ends up getting her boss fired. There are new boyfriends and old boyfriends and trips to a renaissance fair that go all strange.

I like the pacing and I think the art is pretty good. It's not the best thing I've ever read, but I'm curious how it will evolve. Early comic runs can feel a bit rough until the writer/artist gets a handle on how the characters look and act, but these characters feel pretty well formed. The situations could have felt more maudlin or overdramatic, but the tone stays light. I enjoyed it and I'll be back for the next volume.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Image Comics, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

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