First Issue Review – “Spooky Girls: Tarantula Twins” by Pat Shand

First Issue Review

Spooky Girls is a charming story for all ages, and the first issue really lets his reader in on what it’s like to drift away from your sibling over the years. Pat Shand (who you may remember from my review of Prison Witch a few weeks ago) brings the story of teenage adolescence to life through engaging characters and interesting quirks that riddle this first issue. The story feels original, and makes good use of its supernatural frame, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that my immediate attention was brought to the artwork filling the first issue. It’s adorable, kid-friendly, and reminds me a lot of the Adventure Time style, which is well suited for this page turner!

How can you set up character and personality, along with the themes of a story, over on the first page in the first four panels? Ask Pat Shand! The beginning of the comic starts by showing two sisters at different times of their lives heading to school. Starting at a young age, going up through to teenager, and it shows us that they have drifted apart and become different people. That’s basically what the story is and focusses on, these two sisters; Tawny and Temple, who are tarantulas (but sort of a human hybrid of tarantula.) It’s an enchanting story about these two sisters and how they’ve become different people to one another as they’ve grown older, wrapped up in the teenage nightmare of fitting in at school. It’s a very character driven story, which is always welcome in my collection, and the character is built up well with good pacing throughout.

The characters are very easy to get on board with, and you get all you need to know about them in the first four panels. Temple is the school ace, who regularly gets good grades and wants to do well, but doesn’t have many friends. While Tawny is the polar opposite, terrible at getting interested in academics, but with plenty of friends. Their personality is really what drives the story along, and with good reason too — it’s a fascinating focus. Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this was a story for all-ages, and there’s something appealing for everyone that wants to give it a read, but the story might seem a bit familiar to more adult comic readers who watched cartoons when they were younger.

There’s something just very darling about this first issue, it has no real mystery element like I’ve reviewed in another of Pat’s work ‘Prison Witch’, and Spooky Girls is a full story told over the single issue — but I could see how it could continue though if it were to. What you see is what you get with Spooky Girls, and I think that’s what makes it so appealing for me. It’s a nice break from the myriad of other comics I’ve read recently, something that can end with just the first issue and I you can sit back and just enjoy without having to put the clues together.

In short though, you should definitely go out and grab a copy of Spooky Girls, especially if you have younger comic-book aficionados that are looking to get their choppers into something new! It’s completely kid friendly, has some great themes of sibling-hood, and is full of interesting and unique looking characters that are brilliantly designed. Below you can find a link to the buy page on Comixology! Go and give it a go!


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