I don’t think I’ve read a graphic novel with this much representation. It wasn’t over done either, which is really good. I loved the world that was established. The art style was very nice too. Overall a solid read.
This web-comic-turned-graphic novel is a fun read. I can definitely see my teens (and tweens) enjoying it.
Norma and Barney are besties who both work at Dead End, the haunted house attraction in a theme park. However, the haunted house is more than just a scare-tacular attraction; it's a literal portal to hell. As such, Norma and Barney --in addition to their custodian and docent responsibilities-- have to defeat the demons who come out of that portal. Their techniques are more luck/brains/goofball than brawn.
Diverse reads-friendly: Norma is African-American
LGTBQIA+ friendly: Barney is trans
Barney has just gotten a job as the janitor at the Dead End theme park in the haunted house. His best friend Norma works there too. But Dead End is not just a haunted house, it’s much more a portal to literal hell. There are visiting demons, some of them friendly like Courtney who serves as an ambassador and others terrifyingly evil and powerful like Temeluchus. Temeluchus is the demon that Barney and Norma defeat in the early part of the book, who ends up possessing Pugsley, Barney’s dog. Pugsley gains magical powers and the ability to speak. Soon the three of them discover the dangers of running a portal to hell but also manage to work on their love lives along the way.
Steele has created one of the zaniest, twistiest and most demonic graphic novels around. The novel is a collection of his web comics and sometimes starting a new chapter is rather like starting a new story. That’s not a complaint, because it suits the spirit of the book but those looking for a more linear tale will find themselves confused at times. Just go with it!
The diversity here is very strongly represented. Barney is a transgender character and the book deals with this in an upfront way and also allows readers to see glimpses of Barney’s past. Perhaps the best part is the love storyline for Barney and Logs, though I also appreciate his friendship with Norma who is equally enjoyable, strong and multidimensional, sometimes literally.
A graphic novel for teens that has enough demons, laughter and romance to entice anyone. Appropriate for ages 13-16.
Good characters but unnecessarily convoluted plot. This is somewhere between Regular Show and Welcome to Nightvale with horror riffs some teens may miss, like RHPS. Lots of fun for the right reader.
Loved this! Funny, colorful, heartbreaking, relevant. It is YA? Yeah, probably. But that's not important. Now, where's the next book?
A wonderful book with a wonderful art style, I enjoyed the overall story but felt like it was a bit disjointed in the progression of the series. The characters are lovable and have a lot of diversity (even the demons).
This was awesome and weird. If you like Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, I have a feeling you'll enjoy this as well.
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