Hollywood and Vine – Writer: Jody Houser, Artist: Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage

51bsrdz8b5l Hollywood and Vine (Faith #1-4) – Writer: Jody Houser, Artist: Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage, Valiant Entertainment, (9781682151211), 2016.

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre:  Graphic novel

What did you like about the book? Faith, a plus size young woman with a positive body image, is an extremely likeable young woman. She is also really Zephyr, a superhero who previously hung out with the Harbinger group of psiots (people with super powers), and is now striking out on her own. She has just moved to Los Angeles with a new name (Summer Smith), gotten a job at an internet company, and settled in to a new apartment. Though she faces personal and professional trials, Faith’s sunny optimism is never seriously challenged. This offering compiles the first four issues of Faith/Zephyr’s story. It completes one full story arc concerning psiots being kidnapped which requires Zephyr’s superpowers and a little help from her friends, both old and new, to set right. A section at the end includes several pages of fan art.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Newcomers to Zephyr’s adventures might find the beginning a little hard to follow as some basic knowledge of the Harbinger universe is expected.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Though the content is suitable for younger readers, recommend especially to readers in high school and up as many of the dilemmas Faith faces are grownup ones, like workplace conflicts and living on her own.

Who should buy this book? High school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with your other graphic novels.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Not necessary.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  1/28/17

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