SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
Review by Lauren
source: copy from library; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: The SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal abilities take a backseat to everyday teen concerns.
Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy. Whether the magic is mundane or miraculous, Tamaki's jokes are precise and devastating.
Review: I came across this book at my local library and I was excited to check it out, but I soon realized it's not one cohesive story. Instead, the book is told through various comics (like reading a book of Peanuts comics or something similar) about the students at the SuperMutant Magic Academy. The same characters are shown over and over, so you do start to get to know them and their personalities, which was nice. Despite not being a full story like I had originally thought, I really did enjoy this collection of very short stories.
A lot of these comics are either really amusing or make some kind of interesting statement (sometimes both) and I enjoyed most of them. The comics are all in black and white, for the most part, with some including color here and there to really show off an aspect of the drawings. All the characters are unique in look (especially because some of them have different attributes like Wendy and her cat ears) so it's easy to keep track of who is who after awhile. Another positive when dealing with artwork!
Overall, this was a quick and enjoyable read!