Misfit City Vol. 1

Misfit City Vol. 1

Nothing’s happened in Wilder’s hometown since they filmed that cult kids’ adventure movie there in the 80s...Until one day, she and her friends come upon a centuries-old pirate map!Smothered by her backwater hometown and frustrated by its 1980s cult-movie fame (The Gloomies...have you seen it? It’s a real classic, y’know.), Wilder is pretty sure she’s seen everything Canno...

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Title:Misfit City Vol. 1
Author:Kirsten Smith
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Edition Language:English

Misfit City Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Alicia

    Ahhh this is the CUTEST comic! Here are some things it has:

    —a cast full of girls of various races and sizes

    —references to a movie that is basically The Goonies

    —a dog who plays poker

    —a treasure map and A LADY PIRATE

    —written by the woman who wrote 10 Things I Hate About You AND Legally Blonde!

    —adventures and fun!

    So good!!

  • Elinor

    SO CUTE. J'adore, le dessin est très sympa, l'histoire choupie et pleine d'aventure, j'adore j'adore j'adore.

  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

    A FEMALE

    RIP OFF?! FUCK YES! I'm all over this like genital warts on a frat boy.

    4.5 stars

    There isn't much to dislike here - the kinda Goonies rip off Gloomers references, the art, the all female leads. If I were to come up with a graphic novel this is what I'd be aiming for. But man do I wish I had waited til more issues were out. I have very little patience and it's just started getting exciting.

  • ashley (saidthestory)

    It's like Lumberjanes with an older cast.

    It's like all those 80s, 90s, etc. movies with male groups of friends that you grew up wishing GIRLS HAD.

    It's like... basically all you could ask for.

    I do wish the characters had a bit more depth, there are a lot of them and they don't get developed too much, but it is only 4 issues.

    I have high hopes for this series. Very Very high hopes!

  • Artemis

    A cute, fun mystery adventure comic. Nothing really deep or surprising about it, but it's an engaging, endearing and thrilling ride nonetheless, filled to the treasure trove brim with interesting female characters.

    Set in a cove, which was new to me in graphic novel reading, 'Misfit City' is an homage to 'The Goonies' with female characters as central. Such great diversity - in race, shapes and sizes for the funny-to-smart-to-sarcastic-and-deadpan girl group. These social misfits each have lives

    A cute, fun mystery adventure comic. Nothing really deep or surprising about it, but it's an engaging, endearing and thrilling ride nonetheless, filled to the treasure trove brim with interesting female characters.

    Set in a cove, which was new to me in graphic novel reading, 'Misfit City' is an homage to 'The Goonies' with female characters as central. Such great diversity - in race, shapes and sizes for the funny-to-smart-to-sarcastic-and-deadpan girl group. These social misfits each have lives of their own - personal commitments, ambitions, as well as their own set of values - making it harder for them to focus on the main plot involving a treasure hunt - which turns into something sinister the deeper they go. Thus they are more relatable than in any corny kids' fantasy adventure flick.

    Friendship, hard work, music, knowledge, libraries, museums, legendary female pirates, maps, puzzles, crane machines, a séance , a totem pole, and a farting dog, 'Misfit City Vol. 1' is good old harmless enjoyment; a movie's first act in comic book style. It's the eighties with a needed feminist update. Which is great praise coming from me since I dislike most of writer Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith's past work in film. Glad I gave her another chance.

    Nice one on the 'Goldie Vance' reference too, BOOM! Box!

    Chaaaaaaaaarrrrrmed!

    Final Score: 4/5

  • Jane

    I loved the art in this but as far as character and plot, it felt like it was trying really hard to be Lumberjanes. The characters, setting, and plot could have been better developed. The action started happening before I felt invested in the characters and cared what happened to them.

  • Emily

    It didn’t knock my socks off, but it was cute enough. I liked the art and the setting, and the characters were diverse and likeable.

    I was hoping for snappier dialogue, and it was irritating that the book ended on a cliffhanger. Still, I think fans of Lumberjanes would enjoy.

  • Kristin

    This all-girl version of the Goonies is too meta for its own good. The story takes place in the town where the movie "The Gloomies" was filmed and has a similar pirate history and threat of urban development going on. There's also has a hidden treasure that a group of local teens stumble onto a map for. Smith seems to think by having the characters pointing out all these parallels to each other, and to you, that that's all you need to evoke that '80s adventure feel. But the clues are solved too

    This all-girl version of the Goonies is too meta for its own good. The story takes place in the town where the movie "The Gloomies" was filmed and has a similar pirate history and threat of urban development going on. There's also has a hidden treasure that a group of local teens stumble onto a map for. Smith seems to think by having the characters pointing out all these parallels to each other, and to you, that that's all you need to evoke that '80s adventure feel. But the clues are solved too easily, or by accident, and the characters are broadly drawn and verging on the obnoxious (Looking at you, Karma). It's aiming for the Lumberjanes' formula of girl power and adventure but is nowhere near as charming.

    I'm hoping that now all the setup is out of the way, volume two can start being it's own thing.

  • Cathleen

    The premise is fun, but it doesn't quite succeed in what it's trying to do -- at least in the view of this reader. I fully expect others will be more forgiving, and I imagine those looking for distraction between

    releases will find some satisfaction here.

  • Rod Brown

    This book desperately wants to be a madcap adventure filled with pirates, hidden treasure and quirky female protagonists. The adventure is mild, and the characters really don't consist of much beyond their quirks. It seems more like a book trying to get on a bandwagon (see: Lumberjanes, Ms. Marvel, etc.) rather than one trying to blaze its own path.

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