I just read something that totally reminded me of being in high school. You’d think that’d be a terrible feeling but actually it gave me a different outlook on being an adult. In case you were wondering, I’m talking about the new hardcover graphic novel from Oni Press called Ivy.
Written and illustrated by Sarah Oleksyk, Ivy is not quite a coming-of-age story, more a “being-this-age” story. The main character, Ivy Stenova, is in her last year of high school and struggling with life. But then again, weren’t we all? Ivy’s lone beacon in her teenage life is her art and the hope of art school after she graduates. Unfortunately her single mother is totally against the idea. Her closest friends, Brad and Marisa, outsiders themselves, make fun of other outsiders to feel better. Ivy’s even surprised at her own behavior at times. She’d love to get away from it all but will that solve her problems?
Read my review in this week's Hey, That's My Cape! at Newsarama.