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9 stars

Jellaby, Volume #1

Written and illustrated by
Kean Soo
Normal-length Comic Book
Genre: Funny Comic Book Series

Ten year old Portia Bennet (she?s a girl) lives with her mother. One day she finds a large purple monster in the woods in the middle of the night. Even though it tries to eat her flashlight, he (she?) doesn't try to eat Portia, so Portia takes the monster home and feeds him a tuna sandwich. Later, because of the monster, she defends, Jason, another boy at her school, from bullies. He accidentally discovers the monster. Together, Portia and Jason devise a plan to help Jellaby (Jason wanted to call the monster a scary name but it liked the name Jellaby better) find its parents because, as Portia puts it, parents are important.

This comic book is cuuute! The monster is adorable. The pictures are all done in shades of purple, except for Jason's clothes. He wears orange because he's waaayyy into carrots. Really. I mean waaaayyyyyyyy into carrots. It's... kinda......wierd. Anyway, Portia is an interesting character. She looks kinda like a boy because her hair is so short, she reads way above her grade level, and everybody at her school kinda thinks she's strange. She doesn't seem to have friends until she meets Jason. I think her behavior and personality have something to do with her mother (who seems to be a lot like her) and her unknown father who disappeared when Portia was very young. I have a feeling that for Portia this is going to be a journey to find her father and find herself. Oooooooo! Sounds deep. But if the series continues like this, it's going to be a fun journey!

(Last modified:05/18/2008)


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