#WWACComicClub Recap: This One Summer

this one summer cover, tamaki, http://lorafountainagency.com/2014/05/05/this-one-summer-in-the-new-yorker/

On the first Monday of every month we meet up on Twitter for the #WWACComicClub. Last week we discussed This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.

this one summer

The response to this comic was unanimous. Everyone loved this simple yet heartfelt coming-of-age story and agreed that Jillian Tamaki’s art was the perfect companion to Mariko Tamaki’s writing.

As we got further into the chat we spoke at length about Rose’s mother – one of the more enigmatic of the characters. It was clear from the very beginning that she was going to provoke an emotional response, even if the reader is unsure why when they start reading.

One of the standout moments of the comic was what Mariko Tamaki has dubbed “the feminist showdown”: When Windy calls out Rose’s slut-shaming. One reader was a little disappointed when it wasn’t explored further but was nevertheess happy it was there.

What left some readers with the most questions was the somewhat ambiguous ending.

But no matter how you feel about the ending it was clear the characters of This One Summer have made a lasting impression.

Have you read This One Summer? Add your thoughts about the above topics or anything you think we missed in the comments below.

Next Month’s Selection:

amalas baldeAmala’s Blade: Spirits of Naamaron
Written by Steve Horton. Art by Michael Dialynas

The kingdom of Naamaron is bitterly divided into warring factions, Purifiers and Modifiers, with both sides fearing the Great Vizier’s deadliest assassin, Amala. With a price on her head—and a ghost monkey on her back—the future of both kingdoms may rest in her bloodstained hands!

Amala’s Blade is available in print from your local comic shop or digitally through Dark Horse Comics. There’s also a free preview on the Dark Horse website.

We’ll be discussing Amala’s Blade on August 4 2014 at 8:30 EST / 5:30 PST. Join us using the hashtag #WWACComicClub.

Christa Seeley

Christa Seeley

Books Editor. Maple Flavoured Darth Vader Fangirl.