Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we look at the recent graphic novel A Home For Mr. Easter by writer/artist Brooke Allen.
This release, which came out in March from NBM, is about a troubled teenage girl named Tesana. While gentle at heart, Tesana is so big that sometimes she gets into trouble despite herself, as her size makes her appear menacing, so when she gets into fights (which she always makes a point of trying to avoid), she ends up typically hurting the others more than she intended.
She is content to just be caught up in her own little imaginary world of daydreams and just do enough to “get by” life (this is noted in an early sequence with her guidance counselor where she just lies throughout the entire session – anything to get it over with).
Well, things change dramatically when her counselor tells her to try out for a team or club. She decides to volunteer for the pep rally committee, and while there, she discovers some cute rabbits…
So that’s the plot of the comic – Tesana trying to get the bunny (who she names Mister Easter) back to his home, and all the greedy people who want the magical bunny for themselves (not to mention the people who think she’s a bit bonkers, including her own mother).
This book was a delight – Allen’s artwork is impressive in the way that it is brimming with manic energy but always manages to maintain the proper storytelling techniques needed to advance the story well. And her story is a strong one, especially in how well she develops the Tesana character. You really get to feel for her as the story progresses, and you realize just how special this young woman is.
I also like how the bad guys are not even, like, SUPER BAD or anything like that, they’re more like comical oafs than anything – it gives the book a nice, light feel to it. Meanwhile, though, the aforementioned manic energy just begins to pile up as the book goes on and more and more people discover the bunny’s secret (and therefore, want a piece of the action). So watching Tesana basically face off against, more or less, her entire WORLD is a remarkably fun thing to see.
I can’t wait to see what project Brooke Allen comes up with next!!