Action Lab Entertainment 2015
Written by Gayle Middleton & Dave Dwonch
Illustrated by Amanda Coronado & David Dwonch
Coloured by Bill Blankenship
I know this is an all ages book primarily aimed at girls to get them reading and involved with comics but in all honesty this really is incredibly cute and fun for everyone. More so if you’ve felt you’ve never fit in growing up or longed for something more in life. I’m not hip to what’s been trending but i’ve seen commercials for Monster High and it seems this is quite akin to that. Though Destiny herself has the look about her of Cardcaptor Sakura adding a nice manga style feel to the book.
Meet Vammette a teenage vampyre who is the popular girl and has that air of privilege about her. She’s this world’s lead Mean Girl if you will and it’s a role she seems to relish. We also meet Lycinda a teenaged wereline, part werewolf part feline, who steps up to Destiny’s defense. We also meet Pandemonius another mortal living in town and he’s the equivalent of a rock star, handsome charming and the object of young ladies affection, Vammeta included, and his interest in helping Destiny doesn’t sit well with her, as if she needed another reason to dislike the human girl this one is the biggie.
The dialogue here is spectacular and I’m sorry but the shrunken head really does steal every scene she’s in. Just a crotchety old woman with one liners that would make Sophia Petrillo proud. So while all this has been happening Rasket has rounded up the babies and Destiny has found herself a guardian in Lycinda.
Destiny Harper’s time in Gloomvania seems to be getting tougher but at the same time the babies seem to have taken to her as well. While her new boss isn’t happy with her performance to date he’s got an errand for her to run and that’s to get blood from the undead dragons, the source of all blood in Gloomvania. The process is reportedly much like that of milking cows only huge, scaly and mean. So while Destiny has to go the milking grounds that leaves Rasket and Lycinda to watch the babies, though Destiny has three with her and to know why you’ll have to read the story.
Of course while Destiny is gone the pair lose Howliss who has wandered out the window like any good werewolf baby would do. So naturally while all this is transpiring Vammette takes this time to enter the nursery to fulfill her promise to make Destiny’s life miserable. Though how exactly she plans to do that and if she’ll succeed will have to wait till next issue.
This really is a coming of age story for a young woman who so desperately wanted something more in life and as the saying goes be careful what you wish for. New job, new friends and a new purpose seem to be making Destiny a stronger more confident young woman and we’ll see how this changes her life.
Charming, delightful and a different kind of coming of age story this isn’t just for little girls as it has a more universal appeal.