Thursday, March 25, 2010

Steady Beat, Volume 1 by Rivkah/GLBT March Mini Challenge

Steady Beat, Volume 1 by Rivkah
TokyoPop (October 11, 2005)
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Summary: "Love Jessica"...That's what Leah finds on the back of a love letter to her sister. But who is Jessica? When more letters continue to arrive, along with flowers and other gifts, Leah goes undercover to find out her sister's secret. But what she doesn't expect is to discover a love of her own--and in a very surprising place! Winner of the Manga Academy’s Create Your Own Manga competition, Rivkah has crafted a beautiful and haunting comedy-drama that reminds us that there is no such thing as a simple love."
Review: I should start off by saying that this is the first ever graphic novel I've read! I decided to read a (GLBT) graphic novel for the GLBT mini challenge for March. Anyways, the book came yesterday and I just decided that today I would read it at school and try to finish. I did not expect to finish it within an hour!
The story is about a girl named Leah Winters who finds a letter that her sister dropped. It is signed "Love, Jessica" and Leah begins to wonder if her sister is gay. She receives a phone call with the person on the other end saying that they could explain it. She goes to the meeting place and her adventure begins. BUT before any huge plot could come in place the story freakin' ends! I absolutely was not expecting that. There was about 30 more pages, but it was a sample of a completely different story...apparently thats how a lot of comics are. Anyways, I should be getting volume 2 in the mail pretty soon. I will read/review that.
The graphics: Well, this comic is in black/white and, like I said, I have never read a comic before so I don't know what's a great comic and what's not when it comes to the art. I didn't pay a huge amount of attention to the pictures but they looked okay.
2 Stars - Maybe it's because the book was extremely short and seemed to cut off at a random time, but I didn't get a lot out of it. But we'll see what happens in the next book..

(I'm not going to do the favorite characters, etc since the book was short.)

1 comment:

Book Monster said...

Never heard of this comic before. Currently I'm reading the Hot Gimmick comic. I'll have to check this out, Nice review.