Secrets of Camp Whatever Vol. 1 by Chris Grine

Huge thank you to Oni Press and NetGalley for providing a review copy.

rating: 4 out of 5 πŸͺπŸͺπŸͺπŸͺ

genre: young adult, graphic novel

content warnings: some bullying (frowned upon)

The cover and the art is pretty great throughout the series. This is a fully colored book which is always impresive to me, as that requires a lot of work and patience. The only thing that stood out to me is that we had quite a few old characters and most of them managed to have a character design that gave me the creeps, I do not know if this was intentional or not. The story managed to keep up the intrigue for the first half and it was fun trying to guess what was going on. I even felt a bit creeped out a few times.

We meet a family on their way to their new house, in the town where the Dad grew up. We learn that while the rest of the family will be busy moving in to the house, the older kid Willow will be off to a local summer camp. On their way they stop at a diner and the locals scare the kids by telling them that there are rumors about the summer camp: supernatural beings and cryptids are rumored to roam free around the island and a few years ago a camper even went missing. Despite this and the fact that the camp organizers seem shady as hell the parents still send their only daughter to camp. Willow is a spunky kid who has no problems antagonizing the bullies and almost getting in a fistfight even before they reach camp. The story follows Willow and her bunkmates as they uncover the secrets of camp and the mystery regarding the missing camper all those years ago. 

Willow is also a representation for kids who need to wear hearing aids. There was a brief part where her batteries died and the comic highlighted this by the conversation balloons appearing blank and the kids using sign language with her. It was a really awesome and creative way to express her situation

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