ApocalyptiGirl is a dystopian, science-fiction, stand-alone comic book written and illustrated by Andrew MacLean. The story revolves around a young woman named Aria and her adorable, white kitty named Jelly Beans. It follows them as they struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic environment as they finagle a means of finding their way back home.
I positively adored this comic. The very first thing that grabs your attention are the illustrations. They immediately formulate the overall tone and atmosphere for the narrative that will take place, creating a sweeping hook. The environmental details are reminiscent of the manga art style. The palettes are beautiful with matte, diluted undertones to fit the mood of a dystopian tale, specifically where scenery and actions scenes are concerned. The drawings are inspired by classical comic motifs, with well-structured panels and crisp dialogue bubbles.
Some other facets that are pleasant about the comic includes the action sequences. There is violence in the book, but it’s limited to the happenings and works to complement rather than overwhelm. They also aren’t dripping with unnecessary bloodshed and gore.
There are subtle references to classical French and Italian music, initially introduced with our protagonist’s name. It adds small layers of dimension to an otherwise simple plot. The story can feel slightly bland, but in the beginning you get some background on why the world is the way that it is. This makes Aria’s plight more interesting as we watch her tinker away every day in an effort to be piece together a contraption that can take her (and Jelly Beans) home. Extremely one-dimensional in presentation and execution, the tale feels very satisfying and wholly easy to read quickly. These elements make up for the plain, straightforward adventure.
There are only two things that I would have loved to see more of. The first is the background on the world’s current state. A bit more information and some in-depth details would have helped the reader to feel more connected to this environment, and it would have helped us understand some of the Indigenous people who make an appearance. I also would have loved more information on Jelly Beans, or maybe a couple of pages highlighting his theatrics when he isn’t with Aria. But that could very well just have to do with my own obsession for feline friends.
Overall, if you are a fan of the comic medium, and are looking for something easy to indulge in, I recommend ApocalyptiGirl. It’s a fast-paced book that has a sweet little story to tell.
4.25 paw prints outta 5!