Graphic Novel Review: Martian Ghost Centaur
By Evelyn Benson
Releasing in a few months is a new edition to the Oni Press/Lion Forge library: “Martian Ghost Centaur.”
Seventeen-year-old Louie O’Connor, a young Southborough resident, tries to keep the town’s folklore and legends of the Sasquatch alive. Sasquatch sightings kept tourists flocking to this small town. However, “sightings” of said Sasquatch had a foe: your cellphone. The advance of technology has kept business away. She and her friend, Felix, attempt to save the town by reviving its Sasquatch legacy. How do they do this? Louie and Felix, with the help of Pratama, create a costume. Hence the name of our graphic novel: a Martian, a Ghost, and a Centaur. Follow the friends’ quest to save Southborough. Will they be able to rescue the town’s legends?
This graphic novel was written by Mat Heagerty and illustrated by Steph Mided. The storyline is quite eccentric. Filled with humor, this graphic novel re-examines the age-old story of the mystery behind the Sasquatch. It is a fun-loving story of a sasquatch in a quaint town; and how the people try to save the beloved place. I really like the illustrations. The faces each character has, is intricate. This is a great read for middle school–and above–readers.
I really liked the funniness in this story. Louie’s changing hairstyles throughout the novel is something I can appreciate. They’re really cool. Louie’s interactions with other characters is what keeps it humorous. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. You’ve got to keep reading until the end to see if they can catch the elusive BigFoot. Louie must struggle against the use of technology and influencers.
Just in time for Spring Break, this graphic novel will keep 12+ readers entertained! So be sure to keep an eye out for it at your local comic book shop!
Rating: FOUR Pastrami Nations out of FIVE
Eleven-year-old Evelyn Benson is the first Junior Reviewer for Pastrami Nation. She loves animals of all sorts and enjoys her plethora of pets. Her interests include Doug the Pug, Harry Potter, The Amazing World of Gumball, art, and The Mandalorian.