Emily and the Strangers Vol. 1 by Rob Reger & Mariah Huehner
Illustrated by Emily Ivie
Illustrated by Emily Ivie
Series: Emily the Strange Dark Horse Comics Book Series, #13-16
Release Date: May 20th 2014
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Genre: Young Adult – Graphic Novel,
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In order to win a legendary haunted guitar, Emily is determined to create the most rockin' song the world has ever known! But can she do it solo? Emily isn't known for playing well with others, but she's going to have to rely on the help of some strangers if she's going to succeed on her musical journey to the true heart of rock 'n' roll! Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger teams up with co-writer Mariah Huehner (True Blood, Angel) and artist Emily Ivie (The Locked Maze, Rotsterarsil) for a brand-new, full-color Emily the Strange mini-series full of troublemaking cats, mad science, new friends, and killer guitar riffs!
Over the course of the book Emily is in an inventing slump. A couple of her inventions aren’t working and she can’t seem to come up with any new ideas. When one of her cats (there are a ton and they just keep showing up) turns on the radio Emily hears a song from her favorite deceased musician. She also finds out about a contest to win his haunted guitar. All she has to do is write a song. She tweaks a bunch of her inventions to make a band out of them and then writes an awesome song. Emily wants to do everything solo, and is known for not working well with others. In this book though, she just might have to.
This book is a volume of three different issues from a comic book series that Dark Horse put out. I didn’t even know that they existed. I also didn’t realize that this book was also technically in the middle of a series. This doesn’t matter when you read it though because it is technically the start of a new story line and this is the first book in the volumes. I believe this is still an ongoing series so I am not sure how many volues this is going to contain. If you are going to check out this book then most likely you are already familiar with Emily the Strange. If you aren’t then I would recommend checking out the books first. I currently own three of the books and I enjoy reading them. They are written in Diary form.
Emily is a very dark and mysterious character that tends to hang out with only cats, so the artwork in this book is heavy dark pictures. Definitely gives off a good feel for Emily. There are some extra posters included in the back of the book that are pretty cool, along with some sketches and explanations of each one. I really enjoy it when a graphic novel includes things like that at the end of the book.
I recommend checking this book out, especially if you have already read some of the Emily the Strange stuff.
*This book was provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.