2018 Chicago Public Library Best Books of the Year - Teen Graphic Novels
Part-time grim reaper. Full-time cutie! Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. Unlike most university students, Kim's job is pretty cool: she's a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife.
Like most university students, Becka has a super intense crush. Unlike most university students, Becka's crush is on a beautiful gothic angel that frequents the underworld. Of course, she doesn't know that.
Unaware of the ghoulish drama she's about to step into, Becka finally gathers up the courage to ask Kim on a date! But when she falls into a ghostly portal and interrupts Kim at her job, she sets off a chain of events that will pit the two of them against angry cat-dads, vengeful zombies, and perhaps even the underworld itself. But if they work together, they just might make it... and maybe even get a smooch in the bargain.
Don't miss the sequel, Kim Reaper: Vampire Island !
About the Author
Sarah Graley is a comic writer and artist based in the UK. She’s been drawing Our Super Adventure and posting it online since 2012!
When she’s not writing comics about her four cats and her cat-like partner, she makes other cute comics, such as the ever-spooky Kim Reaper, and the Rick and Morty: Lil’ Poopy Superstar miniseries.
You can find out more about her at sarahgraley.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good volume. Love that art style.
Kim Reaper is cute, silly, and pretty cheesy, and when I read at the end that the artist wrote for Rick & Morty, I realized that’s exactly what it reminded me of. Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of Rick & Morty, so it fell a bit flat for me. Though Becka and Kim are both college students, their language and actions read more like junior high. The art, however, fits perfectly with that younger age group. The colors were vibrant and quite cute, and I especially loved the panels with illustrated backgrounds. There’s lots of pinks, purples, and yellows, and quite possibly the cutest little ghosties I’ve ever seen. There were times that I spent so long admiring particular panels that I’d have to go back and re-read the whole page to remember what was actually going on. I also loved the character designs for Becka and Kim, and how different they were. Becka is curvy and wears her hair in Sailor Moon buns, while Kim is more athletic and 100% goth girl. While this style of drawing isn’t my favorite, the characters’ faces are just so expressive, and that really added to the whole plot experience. While I thought the story was interesting, I almost felt like I would get whiplash from the randomness – they go from trying to reap the soul of a dead cat, to breaking in to an amusement park, then a haunted ship, fighting off a plague of zombies (?!?!), and then breaking into hell. While I was willing to go along with the first couple stops – especially the cat hoarder! – by the time they got to the zombie plague it just felt like too much to me. I was much more interested in Becka and Kim’s relationship and how they got past the rocky start – well, yes, of course, finding out the goth girl you’ve been crushing on is a grim reaper would be a bit off-putting – and at times it felt like the zigzagging plot detracted from me learning more about them than showing me how these things would affect their relationship. Overall, this was adorably cute and quirky, and the art was fun. While there were things I didn’t like about it, I’ll probably pick up the next comic. If you’re a Rick & Morty fan, or just looking for some silly lesfic, this will probably be right up your alley! I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Kim Reaper Vol. 1: Grim Beginnings combines the first four issues of this fun new series. Becka and Kim are both studying fine arts at university but Becka’s crush on Kim, which consists of staring dreamily at the back of her head in class, is the sum total of their interaction. Becka’s friend Tyler finally convinces her to ask Kim out so after class she follows Kim, who disappears into a portal in the corridor. Naturally this is a job for social media so Becka gets ready to capture this moment for internet posterity but then her phone and Becka both get sucked into the portal. It turns out that Becka’s crush has a part time job to help pay her way through uni and to fund her expensive goth clothes. Kim is … … a reaper … of animals because she hasn’t been promoted to reaping people yet. What follows is a process of the two girls getting to know each other, visiting each other’s favourites places and a few other fairly typical getting to know you scenarios, like encountering a cat hoarding gym junkie energy drink addict hulk, zombies ♀️ ♂️, bed cookies, ghouls, and going to hell via the employee’s entrance. I wasn’t quite sure what I expected from this collection. I was sucked in purely based on the wonderful cover image and its implied promise of purple tones throughout. I got the purples I was looking for along with a beautiful soft colour scheme. All of the illustrations were really sweet and I was impressed that both girls actually had curves. The stories were interesting and the budding relationship between Becka and Kim was cute, with arguments along the way before their first kiss. Aww! While the language used came across as a bit too young for the characters, I was entertained for the entire ride. The strange occurrences in the stories took me deeper into this world instead of the jarring effect I sometimes experience. I had no problem believing anything was possible in this world and I look forward to finding out what’s next for this cute new couple. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Oni Press for the opportunity to read this graphic novel.