The Escape Manual for Introverts by Katie Vaz

The Escape Manual for Introverts is an illustrated guide to help introverts navigate the social landscape. The illustrations are cute and the colouring throughout the book compliments the art style very well. There are helpful tips as well as humour throughout the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who has found themselves in an uncomfortable social situation without having an exit strategy! It was a fun, light and easy read.

The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite



I’ll admit, the inner emo kid within me was what initially drew me to this graphic novel. Gerard Way, front man of My Chemical Romance, is a creative guy and I thought his creativity would lend itself well to a graphic novel.

While the opening was a bit confusing, as you’re thrown right into the story without much introduction, I found I was swept up in the story quickly. Also the style slowly teases out information about the characters as the story progresses.

The artwork is stunning and the creation of Vanya was brilliant. Her look and storyline were the most captivating for me. I’m glad the artists decided to produce this in full colour–definitely worthwhile. The first volume left me wanting more and I look forward to the second!

And for those who keep saying this is a rehash of the X-Men…I disagree. There may be similar tropes but there are countless other stories involving kids with special powers. It’s all about the journey 🙂