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Girl Over Paris: The Graphic Novel (The Cirque American Series) Paperback – November 9, 2016
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Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult fantasy novels Lois Lane: Fallout, Girl on a Wire, Blackwood, and The Woken Gods, with Lois Lane: Double Down and Girl in the Shadows (a companion to Girl on a Wire also set in the Cirque American) due in 2016. Gwenda’s nonfiction writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, among many other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at www.gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.
Kate Leth is a New York Times bestselling comic book writer and artist whose work includes Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time: Seeing Red, and Adventure Time: Bitter Sweets. She currently writes Edward Scissorhands and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Online, she contributes to the acclaimed podcast Welcome to Night Vale and runs a group for girls who work in comics shops.
Ming Doyle is a comic book artist born in Boston to an Irish American sailor and a Chinese Canadian librarian. Since earning her BFA from Cornell University in 2007, she has depicted the sequential exploits of zombie superheroes, demonic cheerleaders, vengeful cowboys, and dapper mutants for companies ranging from Image Comics to Marvel. Check in with Ming online at www.mingdoyle.com.
Andrew Dalhouse is a comic book colorist who has given hues to almost every major character in the DC Comics universe, from Batman to Wonder Woman. He’s currently coloring Faith, the groundbreaking series from Valiant Comics.
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The gorgeous artwork fleshes out the circus and give the actual circus acts much more excitement allowing for deeper appreciation, the writing is as smart as I've come to expect from Gwenda Bonda and Kate Leth, and the plot has enough drama to rival the Phantom of the Opera while being considerably more progressive. I loved returning to all of the original characters from the book, and seeing the all the details going into their designs was incredible.
My only advice is that you do yourself a favor and read the Girl on a Wire first. This is a direct sequel and makes a lot of explicit references to the events of that book and reading this first can take away from that experience if you decide to go back and read the story from the beginning. (which why wouldn't you?)
I found the story fun and plot intriguing. The graphics were colorful and made the story easier to follow. I found it unusual the shape of the main female character's face: oretty, then lower face enlarged and definitely not pretty.
I'm so happy to have Jules back, on top of her game, and in very capable hands with these three incredible gals!
Cirque American: Girl Over Paris is Jules' story of getting her groove back. She had a tough go in Girl on a Wire and needs to figure out who she is, absent good luck charms and magic - well, minus the magic of Paris! Cirque American ringmaster and owner, Thurston, believes Paris will help Jules find her footing (see what I did there?). And of course, Remy, Jule's boyf, and Dita, Jules' good friend and Remy's sister, get to come along!
When the team arrives, they are invited to an exclusive circus party, where we see everyone all dolled up and meet the gorgeous Gab, who seems to share a mutual interest in Dita. This allows Remy and Jules to have some alone time on the dance floor. *swoon* The next day, Jules puts on a spectacular performance, earning her more Valentines, including a mysterious masked figure who tries to throw her off course and then disappears down a dark and scary hole.
What a great way to continue the Cirque American world, with another mystery and great art to tell the story!
We are back again this month with the second of four issues in Girl Over Paris. Girl Over Paris #1 was freaking amazing (along with both of the Cirque American books) but Gwenda, Kate, and Ming really outdid themselves this issue.
Jules had quite a fright last issue with something not of this world caused her to nearly lose her balance on the wire. This issue opens with her sharing her concern with Remy, a concern he doesn't quite buy. Jules' panic is only exacerbated when she sees the same apparition behind Remy while he's flying. Talk about scary! But is Jules' imagination is overdrive or is there a real cause for concern? You'll have to read on for yourself.
The creative team on this book really works. I haven't enjoyed a team this much since the Batgirl New 52 team and I can't get enough! The art is extremely pleasing and it's nice to see Kate and Gwenda taking the Cirque world and building it out. I'm firmly a Valentine!
Jules is barely keeping it together while trying to balance her responsibility to her Valentines and her responsibility as the girlfriend of missing Remy Garcia. A quick call home only serves to heighten her fear...Can she save Remy without giving up too much of herself? Who is this masked apparition who appears when bad things happen?
As always, Gwenda's Cirque American series brings the supernatural elements of the circus to life, an element perfectly captured in Kate Leth's storytelling and Ming Doyle's art. I really love how the supernatural elements are displayed compared to the characters in the regular world.
Isn't the cover positively creepy? It's completely telling of the story inside. We are 3/4 of the way through with this series and I'm not ready to be done with these characters!
*sniff* I'm not ready for this to be over! I've been journeying through Paris, after traveling with Jules, Moira, and the whole Cirque American family, for months now and the thought of not having something to come back to is painful!
If you haven't been following Glenda Bond's Cirque American series, you are seriously missing out. Circus mischief and magic run amok in this mystery series where fan girls self identify as Valentines and follow Jules across the world to see her walk the tight rope. In the final issue of the series, Jules is about to take her big walk over Paris, only to be knocked off course by an apparition who threatens the love of her life - and her livelihood. Can Jules outsmart him in time to save Remi, and herself? Beautiful art and beautiful writing; a satisfying conclusion that makes me want to read the series all over again.