Comic Monday, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Romance

Fangs by Sarah Andersen

I love Sarah’s Scribbles dearly (and am kicking myself for not having reviewed those books on here yet and will do so next week) and so when I found out Sarah Andersen was doing a new project, I knew I would have to read it!

Synopsis

From the publisher marketing:
Elsie the vampire is three hundred years old, but in all that time, she has never met her match. This all changes one night in a bar when she meets Jimmy, a charming werewolf with a wry sense of humor and a fondness for running wild during the full moon. Together they enjoy horror films and scary novels, shady strolls, fine dining (though never with garlic), and a genuine fondness for each other’s unusual habits, macabre lifestyles, and monstrous appetites. 

First featured as a webcomic series on TapasFangs chronicles the humor, sweetness, and awkwardness of meeting someone perfectly suited to you but also vastly different. This deluxe hardcover edition of Fangs features an “engraved” red cloth cover, dyed black page trim, and 25 exclusive comics not previously seen online. Filled with Sarah Andersen’s beautiful gothic illustrations and relatable relationship humor, Fangs has all the makings of a cult classic.

Review

I probably should be reviewing Adulthood is a Myth, Sarah Andersen’s first book, before this one, but Fangs just came out last week, so I wanted to be sure I didn’t wait too long before doing so. I’m not a huge vampire/werewolf fan, but I’m not opposed to reading about them. I’m not a Twilight fan, and prefer fae to be the supernatural beings featured in the books I read if there are going to be any.

Fangs is cute and adorable. It is not, however, a cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end. It is, as is Sarah’s other work, one page vignette comics that are all loosely related and tied together. I enjoy a good little gifty humor graphic novel book, but there are many to choose from these days, from Catana Comics, Poorly Drawn Lines, and many others. I also follow a ton of web comics online and via Instagram and Reddit. The market is saturated with cute little vignette comics.

Sarah’s Scribbles is a very unique take on this mini-genre, but Fangs, for some reason, falls flat. Perhaps it is that the publisher marketing makes it sounds more like a cohesive story and I thought Sarah Andersen might be edging into the world of narrative graphic novels (which would be SO exciting!) so that was disappointment number one. Second, Elsie and Jimmy aren’t particularly well rounded characters – Sarah’s Scribbles is based on Sarah’s own life, so she feels super robust as a character, but as original characters, Elsie and Jimmy just make me feel meh.

It hurts me a bit on the inside to give one of my favorite authors a less than stellar review, but I think it’s also a good thing to be able to step back from my own love of her work and be objective here. Is Fangs a cute and adorable gifty book? Yes. Absolutely. If that is what you want it for, you’ll love it. Is Fangs a cohesive story and with neat original characters? Sadly no. And if that’s what you’re looking for, best to skip this one.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Where to Buy
In the USA, I recommend purchasing through BookShop or your local independent, in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers! Independent bookstores are vital parts of every local community and I wholly endorse supporting your local stores versus Amazon. Click the image below to add the book to your Goodreads TBR!

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