The Backstagers – Comic Book Review

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Title: The Backstagers – Act 1
Creators: James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh
Publisher: Boom! Box
Format: E-ARC via NetGalley

Description from Goodreads:

James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredible yet earnest story about finding a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast.

When Jory transfers to the private, all-boys school St. Genesius, he figures joining the stage crew would involve a lot of just fetching props and getting splinters. To his pleasant surprise, he discovers there’s a door backstage that leads to different worlds, and all of the stagehands know about it! All the world’s a stage…but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic!

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of the first issue from the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. This has in no way impacted the contents of this review.

Set in an all boys school, we follow Jory, who has just transferred to the school, is feeling like an outsider, and needs to find an activity to do after school. He’s nervous, but decides to look into joining the drama club. One he is there the actors seem intense, and he is sent to retrieve a prop from backstage, there he finds that things behind the curtain are not as expected.

In fact back stage is a different world altogether. Jory meets the backstagers, a group of boys who are both strange and welcoming. I’ve only read the first issue, so I don’t have much to go on, but this issue was wonderfully weird. I can’t wait to find out more about all the characters, and the strange goings on backstage. Endearing and funny from the very beginning, I really enjoyed, and flew through it.

Before I finish, I have to talk about the art style. It’s incredibly attractive, with a memorable warm, bright colour palate which brings the world to life.The individual issues are out now, available physically and on kindle, and the collected volume is due to be released on the 25th of July 2017. I will definitely be checking it out more from this series, I gave this first issue 5/5 Stars.

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