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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Plain Janes - A Guest Review

Have you seen this book on our shelves?

It's THE PLAIN JANES, the first book of a new line from DC Comics... the MINX line of "manga digest"-sized graphic novels. What is THE PLAIN JANES? Well, you're in luck! Local fan Olivia Hayes sent along this review:

The Plain Janes
Reviewed by Olivia Hayes, 14

Plain Janes is a graphic novel written for high school girls. Jane is a girl who lives in the big city. One day, while walking down the street, a bomb goes off. She manages to save the life of an unknown man, who goes into a coma. In response to the horror that just befell her, the once preppy Jane cuts her hair and dyes it black. She gets into art, and her friends don't know what to say. Her parents are overprotective, so they move to the suburbs to feel safer after the bomb. The popular girls at Jane's new school want her to sit with them at lunch, but she would rather sit with the rejects. All the girls at the table are named Jane. Soon, she creates P.L.A.I.N., which stands for People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. In an attempt to beautify the town, the P.L.A.I.N. Janes go out in the middle of the night to attack the town with art! Unfortunately, most residents think P.L.A.I.N. is a group of terrorists. The Janes aren't sure how to get the people to realize they're really trying to help. No matter what acts they do, (such as beautifying the animal shelter to try to get people to adopt a pet) nothing seems to work. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I love art, and I really liked the ideas the Janes had to beautify the town. They really went all out with this book. There was romance, action, rebellion, comedy, and even some tragic moments. The writers were very insightful and the art was well done. Plain Janes was only the first to come out in a series of graphic novels for girls, so if you don't like the look of this book, try out another! And, if you DO like the look of this book, you should still try the others!

The Plain Janes
Written by Cecil Castellucci; Art and Cover by Jim Rugg
Minx - 176pg - B&W - Softcover - $9.99

Thanks, Olivia!

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At 5/22/2007 12:57 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

I just wanted to note that I enjoyed this book a lot too! Great writing!

At 5/22/2007 11:16 PM, Blogger thayes said...

Great book and a great review! 'Course I might be a little bit prejudiced about the review, Olivia being my daughter and all....

At 5/23/2007 10:58 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

thayes - It was a great review of a great book... I'd love to hear more from Olivia!

Oh, and Chris Mautner over at Panels and Pixels has something to say about The Plain Janes... check it out! (Chris writes a column on comics and video games for the Harrisburg Patriot, by the way. Check it out in the print version weekly! Olivia, you're in good company!)


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