5Bat! Review: Cursed Pirate Girl, The Collected Edition (Volume 1), by Jeremy A Bastian

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5Bat! Review: Cursed Pirate Girl, The Collected Edition (Volume 1), by Jeremy A BastianCursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy A Basian
Published by Archaia on April 5th 2016
Genres: Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Graphic Novel, Historical, Steampunk, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Source: Personal Copy
Reviewed by: Kim
5 Stars

The Cursed Pirate Girl is on a quest in search of her father. It’s a journey filled with adventure above and below the mythical waters of the Omerta Seas. A nautical fairytale of strange creatures, whimsical characters, swashbuckling danger, and the most bizarre pirates you could hope for. It’s certain to amaze and captivate adults and children alike!

Available for the first time ever in a softcover trade paperback, Jeremy A. Bastian’s beautiful, astonishingly detailed line work is on display in volume one of his magnus opusCursed Pirate Girl, a black-and-white original graphic novel series about a girl on a quest in search of her father.

It’s rare to find a book that feels darkly grown up and enchantingly child-like at the same time. CURSED PIRATE GIRL is spooky, touching and intricate, luring you into a topsy-turvy world with detailed images that pull you in.

The art ranges from the charming to the disgusting, with a distinct Alice in Wonderland sense of the grotesque, especially in the humanoid characters. They have large heads and out of proportion features, much like the humanoids in Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations.

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As the Cursed Pirate Girl dives deeper into the magical seas, she meets duelling knights in swordfish armour, giant sea-puppies and all manner of pirates. She loses an eye, gains a talking parrot, and searches for the one thing she really wants: her father.

The story can be ridiculous, but remembers to veer back to the serious a few times, including one time that made me gasp out loud. There are moments of nonsense but the book does a good job keeping readers on track.

CURSED PIRATE GIRL is amazing, and if you haven’t read it before, pick up the latest copy (beige cover, instead of blue) which includes an amazingly funny artists’ gallery at the back, where a man tasked with getting a portrait of the pirate girl gets descriptions of her from various sources, leading to the different artists takes. My favourite is Mike Mignola’s.

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