Graphic Novel Review: Brain Camp

Graphic Novel Review: Brain CampBrain Camp by Faith Erin Hicks, Laurence Klavan, Susan Kim
Published by First Second on August 3rd 2010
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 160

Neither artistic, dreamy Jenna nor surly, delinquent Lucas expected to find themselves at an invitation-only summer camp that turns problem children into prodigies. And yet, here they both are at Camp Fielding, settling in with all the other losers and misfits who’ve been shipped off by their parents in a last-ditch effort to produce a child worth bragging about.

But strange disappearances, spooky lights in the woods, and a chilling alteration that turns the dimmest, rowdiest campers into docile zombie Einsteins have Jenna and Lucas feeling more than a little suspicious . . . and a lot afraid.

Plot: Who doesn’t love a horror story set at a camp? Truly, there is just something so fun about being stuck in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of creepy, zombie-like children to make a book fun.That is exactly what happens in this book. Jenna and Lucas find themselves at a camp that will supposedly make them into the brilliant children that their parents want them to be. Unfortunately, that comes at a price. I love that it’s not a traditional zombie graphic novel, and that the explanation is a bit.. out there. It’s nice to have something completely unthinkable be the reason behind zombie-like behavior.

Characters: I think anyone can relate to not living up to their parents standards, or at least, feeling a bit of sibling rivalry. I enjoyed Jenna and Lucas as characters. They had potential but were not quite meeting their potential. I love the way they figure out what is going on and how persistent they are in saving themselves from a similar fate while trying to stop what is happening to their fellow campers.

Graphics: I just love the graphics of Brain Camp. I’m a huge fan of full-color and I love the artistic styling in this graphic novel. Definitely an appealing read all around.

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