Graphic Novel Review: Space Battle Lunchtime Vol 1 & 2 by Natalie Reiss

Posted July 10, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments Tags:

I received this book for free from the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Graphic Novel Review: Space Battle Lunchtime Vol 1 & 2 by Natalie ReissSpace Battle Lunchtime, Volume 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion! by Natalie Riess
Published by Oni Press on October 25th 2016
Genres: Middle-Grade, fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
Pages: 120
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher via Edelweiss
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three-stars

Collecting the first four issues of Natalie Riess's delectable series, SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME! Earth baker Peony gets the deal of a lifetime when she agrees to be a contestant on the Universe's hottest reality TV show, Space Battle Lunchtime! But that was before she knew that it shoots on location... on a spaceship... and her alien competitors don't play nice! Does Peony really have what it takes to be the best cook in the Galaxy? Tune in and find out!

Very cute and very quick series about an Iron Chef-like show set in space. It was really fine and I’ll read the next volume as well but there just wasn’t much to it. Peony is picked out randomly from Earth to fill a spot on the show and when she gets to space, the show is pretty much starting right away. She has to figure out how to use the ingredients she knows nothing about and cook with tools she doesn’t really know how to use. It sounds pretty interesting but so far she’s been successful at everything she’s tried. With barely even any set-backs. And I usually like a little more intrigue when I’m reading something. I have enjoyed watching a couple of friendships develop but overall, I just wish there was a little more depth to this. It does seem really great for kids. But if you’re used to reading older graphic novels, this will be pretty simple and underdeveloped for you. I’m hoping for a little more intrigue in the second one. I have nothing against graphic novels or books for kids, but I do have a problem when those things seem simplified for kids. Kids are capable of reading books with emotions and conflict and struggles as well as successes. My biggest problem with this one was just how easy everything came to the MC and while I realize this isn’t necessarily anything realistic considering the storyline but making MCs relatable is essential in creating connections between the characters and readers and this is completely lacking in any of that. But if you just want something that’s cute and weird, this will fit that.

 

 

I received this book for free from the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Graphic Novel Review: Space Battle Lunchtime Vol 1 & 2 by Natalie ReissSpace Battle Lunchtime Volume 2: A Recipe for Disaster by Natalie Riess
Series: Space Battle Lunchtime #2
Published by Oni Press on June 21st 2017
Genres: Middle-Grade, fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
Format: eARC
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two-half-stars

It's almost time for the season finale of Space Battle Lunchtime, and finalist Peony (the only Earth contestant) is nowhere to be found! That's because she's been kidnapped and taken to the set of Space Battle Lunchtime's biggest rival, Cannibal Coliseum, where chefs compete to cook... each other. Up against some of the most dangerous aliens in the galaxy, will Peony even make it to the end of the show? Stay tuned!

I went ahead and read Volume 2 right after the first one ended because I had it available and because there’s a sort of cliffhanger at the end of the first volume. And it just jumped right into the plot that volume 1 left off. I wish I could say that I loved it because it really seemed like it would be more action-packed and adventurous than the first, given the cliffhanger. But I was pretty disappointed. What was set up to give the main character a chance to be epic and heroic ended up just being a story about how she needed to be rescued. And if you know anything about me, you know that’s not what I’m here for. Even if she’s being rescued by a female, I really don’t need that. I want a main character to be her own hero. With some sidekicks and friends to go along and offer help along the way. That was what I was hoping for in this one. But I didn’t get at all.

We still get the same cute artwork and most of the same enjoyable characters from the first. There is a little bit more violence in this one but since the artwork is so cute and set in space, it didn’t seem very graphic to me. But if you’re worried about a cooking show with the word cannibal in it, you might want to steer away from this one. It also makes me wonder who exactly the audience is for this series. But honestly, if you you or your kids don’t read this series, you guys aren’t missing much. I’d definitely recommend Ben Hatke or Raina Telemeiger or Princeless or Lumberjanes or something else that had a little more depth to the characters and morals in its story than this one.

I did let my kids (ages 11 and 8) read these to get their opinions and they didn’t love them either. So if you’re on the market for something quick and cute and fun with a little bit of violence and kidnapping, this might be perfect. But if you want something with depth and intrigue and excitement, you may want to look somewhere else.

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