(Courtesy of Image Comics)
With ambitious themes and a pulse-pounding final act, Little Girls (Image Comics) perfectly combines gripping writing and powerful imagery into an unforgettable read. What starts as a poignant coming-of-age tale cleverly develops into a terrifying situation where two best friends have to rely on each other to survive.
Sam and Lielet are two new friends living in Ethiopia. They’re dealing with the kind of problems that all kids have: judgmental social cliques, condescending adults, alienation…and a legendary brain-eating monster straight out of folklore. Sure, it’s not going to be easy, but all they have to do is live through it.
Here are 5 reasons why you should read Little Girls:
5) The Horror References!
The meta-writing has a fun tongue-in-cheek references to classic ‘80s horror movies. The references serve both as a how-to guide and a throwback tribute. It’s quite endearing how horror, in any language, can bring people together.
4) The Writing!
Writer Nicholas Aflleje conjures up the emotions of teen angst, social class, and empowerment in the coming-of-age aspect. A great reflection of friendships, Sam and Lielet challenge each other as well as support one another. The lettering by Adam Wollet emphasizes the budding relationship as Sam and Lielet become drawn to the horror.
3) The Artwork!
Artist Sarah DeLaine captures the fields and desert landscape of Ethiopia. Even while referencing A Nightmare on Elm Street, DeLaine understands the best horror comes from everyday life. The artwork tricks the eye into seeing monsters from everyday animals and random potholes in the ground.
2) The Colors!
I won’t say too much about the monster’s design but this is where colorist Ashley Lanni knocks it out of the park! The mishmash of tones highlight the decayed flesh. There’s just something creepy about its white eyes.
1) A Fantastic Read!
Happy #NCBD everyone! A few days ago, @ImageComics solicitations were released for April, including LITTLE GIRLS. …Let's just say I can hardly wait for April 24, our own New Comic Book Day! https://t.co/299RNj5phZ— Sarah DeLaine @ECCC (@SarahdeLaine) January 30, 2019
Powerful from beginning to end, everything about Little Girls is pitch perfect. Readers will love how the whole story is character-driven and tension-building.
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Little Girls arrives in stores on April 24th, 2019.