I picked up Andrew MacLean’s ApocalyptiGirl cause I saw it cropping up on several “Best of 2015” lists – couple that with the fact that it is about the Apocalypse and there is a cat involved, I was already quite invested in reading this graphic novel.
The story is pretty straightforward, we find a girl and her cat and they are on a mysterious mission to survive the wasteland that (apparently) Earth has become. We follow Aria as she deals with trying to repair a mech, take care of her cat, and find what she was sent to find, the usual things we find ourselves having to do during an apocalypse.
MacLean’s art is great, being distinctively stylistic, while at the same time not overly complicated. The art reminds me of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack, which is fitting thanks to the apocalyptic setting.
This art style helps to serve the story itself, which is really not about Aria’s mission or about the details of why the apocalypse happened. The story is just showing her day-to-day activities as she tries to fulfill her duty at the same time. This slice-of-life style of story is quite refreshing as we follow Aria as she walks, runs, jumps, and rides the coolest motorcycle this side of Akira.
The weakest element of the story was the ending, which was predicated on a bit of deus ex machina (literally) and contrivances that ended things abruptly. One good thing though is that the story seems to have finished in this volume, so those of you wishing to purchase this graphic novel will be happy that the story is whole and you don’t need to wait for a sequel to finish it off!
Why are you waiting? Get it now!