Comic Review: Coady & The Creepies SC (BOOM! Studios)

BOOM!’s Coady And The Creepies TPB, from BOOM!, collects the four issues of Coady And The Creepies, with a bonus: it reprints all the variant covers to the individual issues. […]

BOOM!’s Coady And The Creepies TPB, from BOOM!, collects the four issues of Coady And The Creepies, with a bonus: it reprints all the variant covers to the individual issues.

The Creepies are an American punk band, made up of three sisters. They travel around the States in a van, playing their original songs in a variety of venues, such as basements and small clubs. They’re on a mission: if they perform just a few more gigs, they win the Pinmageddon award for most gigs played in certified punk rock venues.

It’s not all smooth going; a while ago, the original tour manager crashed their vehicle, killing her, and causing Criss to be disabled and in a wheelchair. Corey now has a scar on her face, and Coady tries to retreat from the spotlight whenever she can. Not all scars are visible.

We join them on the road.

What works:
The three girls are funny. They banter back and forth and give love and support to each other when they are facing troubles. There is little inter-family jealousy or nastiness in the Creepies camp. You grow to like these girls as you read their story. (And where are their parents, good grief!!) The support characters are colorful too.

And… there are also ghosts and ghoulies in the book!

And… some of the reprinted variant covers are totally awesome!

What could have been better:
The collected issues (writer: Liz Prince) have a stretched-out feeling to them as if they should have undergone a tougher edit. Shorter and snappier. There is a lot of conversation among the girls that leads nowhere, it just seems like “talk for talk’s sake”. But that could be me, I am not in the Young Adult target market that this book is aimed at. Really though, more things happening please, and less talking about ‘stuff’.

Coady And The Creepies (artist: Amanda Kirk) is drawn in a cartoony style, with little extra detail, and one inking line weight throughout. It’s a cute style. But it leads to confusion. I first thought that some of the girls were boys and that they all were likely about 8 years old. As I read the comic, the dialogue filled in the blanks: three sisters, aged about 16.

If you want to embark on a rock and roll spiritual adventure with a gang of alternate lifestyle teens, this is your chance. Fun read for young adults, $14.99 for approximately 116 pages of content.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words… the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let’s see!!