Reviews

The Backstagers (Vol. 1)

Author: James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh31390219

Publisher: Boom! Box

Publication Date: 17. August 2016

Rating: 4./5. Stars

Diversity: LGBT Characters, PoC

Summary: All the world’s a stage . . . but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic literally!
When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he s taken in by the only ones who don t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.

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Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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When I wished for this on NetGalley I thought it would be the whole Volume and I was a bit disappointed when I found out it was just the first issue. Nevertheless, I absolutely adored this first issue and the gorgeous art. I’m really excited for Vol 1 to come out in August so I can read the whole thing.

Jory has just transferred to a new all-boys school and he feels really lost. Not only is he one of very few black guys and he has a hard time fitting in, he’s also not interested in any of the courses offered. But when his mom keeps asking him to go to one, he decides to check out the Drama-Club. Led by a pair of very intense twins (they are dazzling, rich and kind of scary – they are even called the McQueens), he is sent to the Backstagers to retrieve a Thiara. Life backstage is dangerous but exhilarating and the crew, the Backstagers, quickly accept Jory into their group.

The art is gorgeous and the characters are adorable. In general, the story already seems quite diverse and I heard it’s supposed to be even more so. There’s Hunter, a big guy, whose great at carpentry and an even bigger flirt. There was also no fat shaming or any of that, so that was great. The other characters are Sasha, the youngest, he’s really adorable and so excited about everything, Aziz, an Arab MC, who seems a bit more grown up and is quick to enlist Jory’s help and Beckett, the nerdy scientist, whose very excited about electricity.

I’m really interested in the idea of a magical world full of monsters just underground a school and I can’t wait for the full Volume to come out. I’m also even more excited for this as one of the authors is a bi man and the other a transman, which, while not always foolproof, will probably mean that the representation of bi and trans characters will be well done, so I’m super excited.

The art was also lovely and I immediately fell in love with it. So if you’re looking for a diverse comic ala Lumberjanes, but with a male cast, this is it.

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