Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking (anything that hinders the player with possession of the puck, ranging from a stick check all the way to a physical sweep). And then, there is Jackhis very attractive but moody captain.
A collection of the first half, freshmen and sophomore year, of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life. This book includes updated art and a hilarious, curated selection of Bitty's beloved tweets.
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Loved it online and am ecstatic to have it in hand.
This graphic novel is so wholesome and sweet and funny. As Bitty becomes part of the Samwell hockey team and discovers that beneath their bro-y exteriors lie the best friends he could ever want, the reader gets to experience the absolute joy that is this team’s bond. There’s S. Knight, who’s all for the realization of artistic visions and the support of the whole team; the stoic captain Jack Zimmerman, aka Bitty’s crush, who is struggling with anxiety and his future but slowly reveals himself to be a pile of mush; Ransom and Holster, best friends who aren’t afraid to let anyone know how much they love each other; Lardo, the team manager who can bestow the belch of honor; a theoretically also a goalie named Johnson. Plus some adorable younger players. Basically, it’s full of characters who are layered and delightful and you can’t know just how much you’ll love them until it’s over, because they’re so good. As far as the adaptation from webcomic to graphic novel goes — it’s really great, but I think Ransom and Holster’s little slide shows about hockey terms should have been kept slotted between chapters rather than bundled together at the end. After all, the original point of them was to explain hockey terminology as the reader goes along so people who aren’t familiar with any of this can read without any confusion. Pushing them to the end kinda defeats the point. However, I do think enough is understandable as context that it’s not a big problem.