Thursday, August 21, 2014

Penny Palabras Season One: It's Later Than You Think by James B. Willard - Review

Penny Palabras Season One: It's Later Than You Think (TPB)


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I received a free ecopy of this graphic novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Penny can see the paranormal, which most cannot, and she knows that most things are not what they seem. She is currently tormented by a malevolent creature called the Straw Man and she desperately needs to figure out how to stop him from doing any more damage. As he continues to gain power while she looks for a solution, she starts seeing more and more ghosts, her nightmares won't let her sleep, her family and friends can't understand, and demons come to call.

Season One includes the first six episodes plus a short segue. This graphic novel is definitely worth the read if you enjoy urban-fantasy with a noir undertone. I really like the art throughout and how Penny is drawn made me think of Ellen Page. By the way, Season One also includes developmental concept art which was interesting to compare to the final designs. As a Doctor Who fan, I also couldn't help but hear the Doctor's wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey speech from Blink while the Librarian was attempting to explain the time (and other things) she has left to Penny. When it came to the Librarian, I also couldn't help but think of Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As for the spectacular revolver, I couldn't help but think of the Colt from Supernatural. These shows are some of my all-time favorites, so I was pleased to be able to connect to them through this graphic novel.

I usually like being successfully dropped right smack dab in the middle of the action, but here I felt like I was missing just a little too much. This is the only reason I'm dropping the rating down to four stars rather than five.

Overall, I really enjoyed the paranormal adventures of Penny Palabras and I can't wait to see what will happen next!


I read this from August 19 -20, 2014 and my review can also be found on Goodreads.

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