The Strength Of Friendships In Today’s Classy World
When it comes to friendships, oftentimes we ask more questions than we do, given the lack of knowledge about what really goes on in our friendship zone. Sometimes, however, there’s simply a lack of perspective, leading to all manner of unnecessary problems. When your health isn’t your top priority, things can be so much more confusing. Sure, you may always need to see a doctor to ensure that your diagnosis hasn’t changed, but it shouldn’t even come to that when it comes to your friendships. That’s where graphic novels such as SGN and Expelliarmus come in, because each of these three one-of-a-kind YA graphic novels show us that each of us comes with its own hilarious and mind-blowing up-close-and-personal view of friendship, and one of them will make you gasp with laughter as you catch the follies of one of your best buds.
One of the most controversial comics we’ve covered to date, SGN follows three genetically altered mutants (originally called “superclones” but now called “Transhuman”), as they run a space operation that serves as a private surveillance service. When one of the families of cloned engineers is killed, the three teens – whom we know only as Fire, Hyperion and Gemini – discover that their parents died by the order of a corporation, thus creating a rift within the society and among the members. Knowing that there’s a greater plot at work behind the action, they each begin pursuing their own innate powers, generally following in the footsteps of protagonist Hyperion, whom we’ve already met. It’s a fun read that asks all kinds of questions, that will haunt you long after the first cover has been drawn.
“Expelliarmus” is yet another “cancer cult” comic, but this one manages to be rather insidious. Based on the award-winning novel by Paolo Bacigalupi, it starts out at the beginning of a blood drive held by cult leader Camille, who now has seven decades of cancerous cells after cancer was cured. As per his strange and seemingly occult wishes, the blood drive is to begin each year on the birthday of his wife, Victoria, who has reportedly never once seen a toothbrush. Right away, we know that there’s going to be something fishy going on, and soon we find out that Camille’s story is one of deceit and deceitful speech patterns. At the first cry for help, he’s prone to denying reality and acting casually cruel, yet as time goes on, we begin to see a darker truth emerge. He’s fueled by his desire to feed on the surplus cancer cells that proliferate within his wife – yet we suspect he’s willing to do anything to keep his wife on side. This intensely engaging story starts in the pages of Fire the dragon, Camille’s first-person story. If you’re looking for something a little more grounded and grounded in reality than the above-mentioned YA graphic novels, then this is the one to check out.
This isn’t your usual comic as we’ve been told. It’s a comedic horror about the life and death of an ordinary teenager who had his entire body altered by a dangerous disease. Yet there are echoes of other narrative themes such as adolescence and a brutal awareness of your own mortality, plus references to television, awards shows and band names. After graduation, SGN goes from socialites to street kids, from playing its own set at the final junior prom to spending his summer doing odd jobs that begin to seem suspiciously like he’s making his own private assassination. Even in its best moments, it’s still a convoluted and convoluted story, as well as a character study about how the self becomes embedded in one’s body, leading to the mutilation of its creator as well as those closest to him. This one-of-a-kind graphic novel is a first for protagonist Fire, as he seeks revenge on the men who killed his home-town brother and erased his family. It takes us on a great journey, even as we’re left unhinged by the sheer insanity of what has been presented.