200709171248At Sequential Tart, Lee Atchison looks at the two latest Minx books with CLUBBING and GOOD AS LILY:

Ultimately, the major issue with the story is that it seems as if Watson was asked to make up a ‘tween/teen girl storyline, and he tried to fit as many “girl friendly” points as he could into the same proposal. Sassy, hip heroine that girls can relate to? Check. Possible hunky love interest? Check. Adventure and misbehavior? Check. And perhaps because he was asked to make it for a specific audience, it simply comes across as artificial.

When grown out of his own imagination on his own schedule, Watson comes up with Skeleton Key and Geisha — comics that any ‘tween/teen girl would love to read. When he’s not trying so hard, he creates works that Minx would be well-served to be represented by. Let’s hope, then, that in the next Lottie graphic novel (to be released next year) he returns to his fertile stomping grounds.

[snip]Given the four Minx titles currently out, Re-Gifters still manages to keep its number one position, while Good as Lily jets up to number two. The good news, though, is that all of these comics are appropriate for and really will do well with their intended audience. So if you have a ‘tween/teen daughter or niece or cousin or what have you, try adding a Minx comic to their Christmas stocking or slipping in an additional birthday present. It’s a great introduction to comics, done in a way that emphasizes good storytelling and characters with whom they can relate.


  1. Don’t know how I missed this! Just wanted to point out that at PLAYBACK:stl, we also had an “actual woman” by the name of Elizabeth Bolhafner review the very first Minx title, “The Plain Janes”:


    While my very much not-a-woman-ly self reviewed “Good As Lily,” Elizabeth is on tap to review the latest Minx title, “Confessions of a Blabbermouth,” probably in about 2 weeks or so. I’d be happy to pass along the link when it runs.