Written & Illustrated by: Hamish Steele
For ages: YA middle & upper grades (2 vaguely implied sexual situations)
Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Neurodivergent Characters, LGBTQ, Supernatural, Friendship, Graphic Novels, Adventure, Love, Family, Acceptance.
Summary: This graphic novel is the next installment in the series! We were sent this book by the publisher, Flying Eye Books, (Nobrow in the UK) but all opinions are our own.
We really liked this book, and the diverse cast of characters can’t be beat. Norma is an autistic POC queer character, Barney is trans, and Badyah is Muslim. Besides this badass trio, there are a range of demons and angels all vying for control of the 7th neutral plane also known as earth. Because of previous events, Norma’s soul won’t stay in her body when she’s surprised. This is both helpful and aggravating as tensions mount between demons and angels. Barney is hiding a secret career from his boyfriend though, but it’s very lucrative. Norma and Badyah along with some demons are working overtime at the Dead End, a haunted house during the day and demon B&B at night. We don’t want to give too much about this graphic novel away, but it’s incredible and Corrie had to start reading it right away! It would be helpful to read the first volume before this one, but not necessary. There are a lot of references to past events but enough context to provide the reader of this volume backstory. We can’t wait to see what happens next, it’s an amazing series with awesome representation!
About the Author & Illustrator:
From the website of Hamish: My name is Hamish Ridley-Steele and I’m a Animation Director and Comic-Book artist from London. Soon after graduating, I directed Dead End, a short for Frederator Studio’s Cartoon Hangover. This lead to me directing two films for Nickelodeon’s International Shorts program, the second of which I collaborated on with Blink Industrieswho now represent me.
In 2014, I self-published my first graphic novel Pantheon thanks to Kickstarter. Since then, it has been republished by Nobrow Press. This year, they will also publish my webcomic DeadEndia which is based on that first Cartoon Hangover short. I really like crocodiles. My dream is to meet one.