This week’s topic:
Top 5 books set at a school
Here are five comic books that take place at a school of some kind or involves characters attending such institutions.
Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid, illus. by Fiona Staples, Annie Wu, and Veronica Fish
This is the first volume in the reboot of the classic comic book series staring the all-American teen, Archie, who attends Riverdale High with his friends Betty, Veronica, and Jughead. This first volume mostly introduces us to the characters. I remember not being very impressed by it, so I didn’t continue with the series.
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (illus.)
I realize that I like this one more in retrospect. It’s YA paranormal about a girl who befriends a ghost and is haunted by it. Anya attends a private school but feels like an outsider there because her parents are Russian immigrants, and she is quite self-conscious about her body. The story focuses on her becoming more comfortable with who she is.
Conspiracy of Ravens by Leah Moore & John Reppion, illus. by Sally Jane Thompson
This was a fun read, and I wish it was a series, or a miniseries. It’s a YA fantasy graphic novel about a girl named Anne Ravenhall who attends a boarding school for girls. Anne inherits a locket and a crumbling mansion when her great-great grandaunt dies, and learns that her grandaunt was part of a secret society of women who investigated supernatural occurrences.
An Embarrassment of Witches by Sophie Goldstein (illus.) & Jenn Jordan
Here’s another one I wish was a series because I want more stories set in this world. It’s YA fantasy about best friends Rory and Angela trying to figure out what they want to do after college. Rory is quite directionless and seems to jump into whatever interests the guy she currently favors is into, while Angela has started a stressful internship at a cryptopharmacology lab that Rory’s mom manages. It was a fun read, but although fantasy, the world has some contemporary influences that make it relatable.
Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, illus. by Shae Beagle
This is a YA fantasy comic book series set in a college town. We hardly ever see the characters attend class, I think. The story focuses on werewolf barista, Julie, who’s entering into a new romantic relationship and also trying to help her best friend, Chet, a centaur, after a magic show accident. The story is a fun read, but I mostly return to the series for the cute illustrations of the characters.