Titan Comics. (Villains, Bk. 1.5). Nov. 2021. 112p. ISBN 9781785865886. $24.99. GRAPHIC NOVELS
Schwab (The Secret Life of Addie LaRue) returns once again to the universe of her Vicious and Vengeful superhero graphic novels. In this new installment, which takes place in the years between the action of Vicious and Vengeful, we are led through the origin story of series favorite Charlotte Tills, as she develops the strange ability to see people’s deaths in reflective surfaces. It’s a welcome addition to the Vicious universe, and Schwab continues to impress with the amount of depth she gives to her characters. Additionally, the artistry and coloring collaborate wonderfully to enhance the existing tones and emotions of each scene. The graphic novel itself is enhanced by its high-quality pages; even the lettering demonstrates a strong eye for detail and further supports the story by conveying the mindsets of the characters and scenes.
VERDICT This title will succeed in both YA and adult graphic novel collections and will be a welcome addition to collections holding Schwab’s other works.
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