Tucking into Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein’s Camp Midnight (Image Comics, 2016) offers a trip through those late tween/early teen years when, yes, everyone–except you–is a monster, adults are clueless, and even the ghost of childhood has its problems if you hang out with her too long. The action-packed and expressive panels fairly pop with morphing personalities as the mean girls go witchy and the cute boy turns into a hairy wolf. The palette is vivid and offers another layer of that too-bright feeling with which a good dose of hormones can shock your pubescent system.
The storyline features Skye, truculent about everything in her life and especially her divorced dad’s new wife and the camp where they’ve dared to send her for the summer. Run by a witch, who turns out to be both wise and kind, and literally overrun by kids who aren’t afraid to show their “true”–emerging–selves, Skye deals with being out of her depth by whining, screaming, and, eventually, taking up the challenge to grow up.
This one’s perfect for both middle schoolers and anyone who is willing to revisit that stage in life to get a funny, articulate handle on the sheer and terrifying messiness of it all. For the former group, there’s reassurance, and for the rest of us, an easy to swallow dose of sympathy-building memories.
And oh yeah, it’s coming to us for Free Comic Book Day, this year on 7 May, so there are positively no excuses for not getting yourself a copy!