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Spill Zone

Review

Spill Zone

Scott Westerfield is the New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, the Leviathan Trilogy, and the Zeroes Trilogy. He also wrote the standalones EVOLUTION’S DARLING, SO YESTERDAY and AFTERWORLDS. His works have won the Philip K. Dick Special Citation, the Aurealis Award and the Victorian Premier’s Award. His first solo-written comic is SPILL ZONE. Alex Puvilland is a New York Times bestselling illustrator from France. He moved to California to work for Dreamworks Animation and currently creates comics on the side. His first solo-illustrated comic is SPILL ZONE.

"The art in SPILL ZONE was incredibly terrifying and very readable....With a mixture of highly realistic and utterly random representations of people and monsters, this graphic novel features no slow moment."

The Spill Zone is home of the Spill, and its cause is unknown. It’s only open to government officials and hazmat crews. Even with patrols and avoid the dangers, some curious minds visit the Spill Zone anyway. Addison Merrick is interested in what caused the spill, how it killed her parents and why it left her little sister mute. She frequently takes trips into the Zone to take photographs for her affluent buyers.

The art in SPILL ZONE was incredibly terrifying and very readable. I could probably reread SPILL ZONE and notice so much art that I did not see because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. The art was unique and the colors were striking. Graphic novels usually follow some definite color scheme, but SPILL ZONE featured vastly different art whether the characters were in the Zone or outside of it. With a mixture of highly realistic and utterly random representations of people and monsters, this graphic novel features no slow moment.

Addison is a fierce, daring character who shows the reader every aspect of the Spill. Her antics are dangerous, and every visit to the Spill reveals a little bit more of the extent the disaster affected the area. Her sister and her doll were an odd aspect of the story that I hope is explained and developed more in the next book. Many characters were introduced but not developed, and I believe that was deliberate. By the end of this first installment, I had more questions than answers about this world, but I am super excited to learn more.

SPILL ZONE is a creepy, quirky and odd graphic novel about a frightening disaster. Addison’s journey is apparently only a taste of what is to come in the rest of this series. As an introduction to what madness Addison will face in the future, Westerfield and Puvilland’s collaboration is bound to leave readers needing more of this story and strange but fitting art. I highly recommend SPILL ZONE to regular graphic novel readers and fans of interesting art. Most importantly, readers looking to try out a graphic novel for the first time and enjoy reading something creepy will find SPILL ZONE to be an easy introduction to the genre.

Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member on July 10, 2018

Spill Zone
by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland