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Comic Review: Malice in Overland by Micheline Hess

Title: Malice in Ovenland

Author: Micheline Hess

Publisher:  Rosarium Publishing

Publication Date: August 31t ,, 2016

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Fairy tale spin off

Format: e-ARC

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Links:  GoodReads  .  Amazon 


Lily Brown is a bright, curious, energetic young girl from Queens, New York. When her mom forces her to stay home for the summer and do chores, Lily fumes. Little did she know that the greasy oven in the kitchen was going to give her more excitement and adventure than she could possibly handle.

My Review:

I received an e-ARC of Malice in Overland from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange with an honest review.

This was a fun,interesting, and gross fast read.

As you can see from the title, this is a spin-off of Alice in wonderland. We follow Lily as she falls down her mother’s OVEN, and discover that creature have been living there all along. It all looks like Trouble ! Trouble ! Trouble !

This comic captured my attention right from the start; I am pretty sure that kids would enjoy reading this either alone, or with their parents.

The comic is based on foreshadowing some of what we have learned in elementary school like evolution and things like that. It also perfectly highlights the fear of trying something new .

The author is a person of color, and so is the main character. How often do we see POC on the cover of books & comics??? This is definitely an #OWNVOICE book !

The fact that the author is also the artist blew my mind. It is hard for me to find a comic with nice and clear illustrations, but I loved the ones in this

The only thing that I didn’t like was something that happened just before the climax was resolved. I wasn’t able to notice how Lily discovered the “SECRET “.

I give it 4/5 stars.


About the Author:

Born and raised in NYC, Micheline Hess works as a designer at a prominent ad agency and spends her spare time developing graphic novels, short stories, and interactive iBooks for kids. She has always been interested by the portrayal of black people in visual narrative like comics and movies and is constantly endeavoring to weave her own sense of humorous story-telling into both her personal and sometimes professional work.

Micheline is most adept at creating characters and stories that provide a safe and fun way to inspire young children, especially girls. Through colorful flights of fun and fancy, she hopes to encourage a stronger sense of self-love, friendship, and a hunger to embrace all things new and different in the world around them.


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