Softies || eARC Review

Title: Softies: Stuff That Happens After The World Blows Up
Author: Kyle Smeallie
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Age: Middle Grade
Page Count: 200
Publication Date: October 20, 2020
Themes: Space, Exploration, Humor, Found Family, Discovery

“Earth has exploded! Here’s what happens next.

When planet Earth just kind of blows up without warning, 13-year-old Kay becomes the world’s youngest chunk of space debris. She’s inadvertently rescued from the vacuum by Arizona, an alien space-waste collector, and Euclid, his erudite cybernetic pet, and from there this unlikely trio blasts off for the most outlandish, hilarious, and occasionally bureaucratic adventure of their lives!

As Arizona tries to keep their ship on course and show Kay the ways of the wider universe, her new role as Earth’s sole survivor slowly comes into focus through each increasingly silly stop on their wild intergalactic road trip. The fledgling team is on a search for the next big score and a loose concept called “home,” both answered by the eternal question: “Where to next?”

Thank you to NetGalley and Iron Circus Comics for an eARC copy of this title.

I really enjoyed this graphic novel. We follow Kay who somehow survives Earth blowing up and is rescued by a junk collector Arizona. The two go on a lot of adventures together, trying to find out about Earth, learning about all the different planets and inhabitants of the galaxy.

I really loved the art style of this graphic novel. It was so colourful and fun! I loved how it expressed the emotion of the characters throughout the story. I also love how the characters are so clearly distinguished by their art style. I also loved the style of the aliens, a lot of them felt very reptilian, but also mimicked a lot of other Earth animals, which I thought was so smart and fun to see!

I adored the relationship that the characters built together. I loved how they spent time learning about each other and growing closer over time. It was so sweet to see their friendship grow through their experiences. I also really liked the format of this graphic novel. It was a slice-of-life kind of format that meant we saw bits and pieces of their adventures, but it wasn’t completely clear how long the characters were together. I absolutely enjoyed this graphic novel and would love to see more of it in the future.

Rating: 4/5

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