Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: SNOTGIRL: GREEN HAIR DON'T CARE by Bryan Lee O'Malley & Leslie Hung

Publisher Image
Length 144 pages
Format trade
Published 2017
Series Snot Girl (collects issues #1-5)
My Copy I bought it


My Review
Lottie is a twenty-something fashion blogger who suffers from severe allergies which, more often than not, leaves her with a runny nose and cold sweats. Whilst this is normal to the inflicted, her sufferance isn't a simple case of the sniffles; it's a disaster, especially in the eyes of the vain. Looking perfect all the time isn't just something Lottie likes to do, it's something she needs to do. Overtly narcissistic and self-centered, Lottie is the perfect picture her instagram projects to her followers. A runny nose makes for a smeared image that she can't and wont tolerate. When the opportunity arises to be part of a drug trial to cure what ales her, Lottie (surprisingly) reluctantly joins up, what she didn't expect was the side effects which, is where the fun beings for the reader.

Snotgirl is a hell of a fun read. The writing is fantastic and the inks and colors match the tone perfectly to project a fun, snappy read that, on the surface feels like it should read shallow - it's anything but. Lottie is likable despite her self centered ways and the support cast does what it needs to do; support Lottie's story.

There are a number of plot threads left unfinished which comes with the territory in the comic medium yet I think the creatures could've done more to bring closure to this arc. Caroline's (aka Coolgirl) story-line is the most intriguing and the most frustrating as it's largely left unresolved. I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out what's going on with her. 

Despite some unfinished business, Snotgirl is great. The first 4 issues bring a lot of joy, while the last feels incomplete. I think if there were an extra issue or two in this arc the story would've felt whole and been worthy of a 5 star rating. 

I'm looking forward to reading more of this allergy suffering fashion blogger (who would've thought?), volume two can't come quick enough.

My rating: 4 / 5 stars. 

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