“Re-Gifters” by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew, and Marc Hempel
In this tale, a headstrong Korean-American girl navigates burgeoning romantic feelings, parental expectations, her own talents, and the trickiness that IS being a teenager in the first place. We’ve all been there. Our heroine, Jen Dik Seong (aka, “Dixie”) is a Hapkido champion ready to take part in a huge tournament, when her young life starts spinning thanks to her crush on one of her classmates, as well as the introduction of a street kid who’s unexpectedly nice to her. It’s a clever little story, and more than one of the characters turns out to be far more than you think they’re going to be. (Kudos to the writers for kicking a couple stereotypes out the door.)
The art is simply drawn, but the characters are likable and expressive. Dixie is one of those leading ladies with flaws that we all like to see win in the end. She’s not the prettiest girl in class, or the coolest, and her family is far from rich, but she’s got a big heart and works her butt off and as a reader you root for her. Her best friend Avril is also really likable, especially when she comes through as a quasi-fairy godmother in the more Cinderella part of the story.
This is a sweet little story, told in a very cinematic format, and I read it in record time. It’s entertaining, compelling and kept my interest right to the end. What more can I say?