Moonstruck follows the seemingly normal life of Julie, a barista in a coffee shop. Falling in love, dealing with her friends’ dilemmas, working alongside her clumsy BFF, Chet; the world of Moonstruck though is not quite as straight forward as all that. The streets are filled with mythical monsters, creatures and magic, all brought into the modern era tale of escapism and their world is heading towards looming doom.
The artwork in Moonstruck is by far the most appealing aspect. Aglow with a complementary palette and chocked full of familiar beasts and characters from history designed to perfectly fit in the 21st century. Beagle’s grasp on colour and style and their confidence in this element emboldens the story and prevents it from looking like so many before it.
Unfortunately, despite its stunning visuals, the story itself is aimed at a different audience to myself. The first issue manages to offer a clear vision as to what’s in store for the future. Promising relationship dilemmas, angst filled drama, and apocalyptic star-crossed lover twist as foreseen by leggy barmaid Cass the clairvoyant. Julie is a perfectly likable character with personal baggage, being a werewolf and all, and an array of quirky friends, but despite the appeal of mystery to come, the story lacks suspense and seems to be more focused on the day to day drama. Of more importance, is her quest in learning to love herself and forget about trying to be normal.
Closing the first issue there is an effort to reach out to the audience with an insight in to the career of Nilah Magruder, some whimsy Q&A’s with a character from Moonstruck, character design from Shae Beagle and a lovely collection of fan art. Moonstruck is going to be a series that cares a great deal about its audience and their experience.
A recommendation for those hoping for a world where Central Perk and Sunnydale collide, and those looking to overthink someone else’s love life for a few months, then this is the fantasy land for you. Glimmering artwork, happy-go-lucky characters and the promise of adventure along the way. Definitely one to inspire younger readers into comics, especially those who enjoy relatable, yet spunky, stories.
USE OF ENGLISH:
- Uses of American colloquialisms
- Use of puns
- Use of poetry
- Simple subject matter
Divination– seeing into the future using supernatural means
Chit– an I.O.U, a note, typically recording a sum owed.
To steel: to prepare yourself for difficult times
ON MY SUBSCRIPTION LIST:
Not this time round, though I am sure to dip into an issue later on in the series to check out Beagle’s beautiful artwork again.