Series: The Spill Zone #1
Published by First Second on May 2nd 2017
Genres: graphic novel, science fiction, young adult
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Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone.
The Spill claimed Addison s parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn t spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone's twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death or worse.
When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared. Within the Spill Zone, Hell awaits and it seems to be calling Addison's name.
Wow. I haven’t read a graphic novel in a while, but I’m really glad I took a chance with this one. Yeah, the fact that it’s Scott Westerfeld plus an illustrator I am familiar with and does work that I like, helped, but just the same I loved this little gem. The art is just stunning.
That picture doesn’t honestly do the art justice. The colors are just vibrant and the sketches are immersive, and it helps that the story is incredibly weird and well-written.
Spill Zone tells the story of Addison and her sister. They live in a house really close to the Spill Zone, and Addison sneaks in often to take photos. She has a buyer for her art, and selling those photos is how she makes her living, but it’s risky because she could be caught at any time. It also doesn’t help that the spill zone is incredibly dangerous. There is all manner of strange things living in the zone, but it’s a risk Addison has to take to survive. Her buyer offers to pay her big bucks to go into the hospital and retrieve something for her.
There are not a lot of answers in this installment and I have no idea how long this series is going to be, but I am along for the ride because I really enjoyed it, and this kind of story is right up my alley. I love weird, post-apocalyptic plots, and that’s exactly what this is, but for some reason I believe there is more of a science fiction element to this one and I’m excited to see where it leads.
Plus, the artwork. I mean, look at it!