Illustrated by Lauren Knight, colored by Sofie Dodgson, flatted by Shayne Hannah Cui, lettered by Becca Carey
In this world, any woman who is past child-bearing years has been deemed useless to society and is banished to a remote island off the coast of any civilization. There, these women have made their own society and rules a-la Lord of the Flies. There is a group dedicated to helping with anyone deceased; there are the Red Hats who seem bent on destruction and domination; and there's Rosie and her friends, Lottie, and Caroline, who just want to raise chickens, have tea, and keep to themselves. Jay has been thrust into this world a little unexpectedly, having gone through early-onset menopause, and is now seen as a threat to the equally young leader of the Red Hats. There's also lots of backmatter that includes book reviews, recipes, and insights into the workings of the island.
This is a pretty gritty title, as you can tell from the cover image alone, but it's also really entertaining. The premise isn't too far off from something like The Handmaid's Tale where everything revolves around reproduction and a woman's ability to give birth. But instead of being timid, weak old ladies like everyone would thing, including Jay, the island has devolved into a survival-of-the-fittest. Williams takes a lot of clichés and dumps them on their heads to give us a delightful and bloody rendition of grandma battle-royale.
The artistic team has skillfully balanced the violence and bloodshed with some great character work and soft pastels. There's nothing like seeing blood splattered all over a pastel pink nighty! The scenes are also beautifully rendered, which makes the whole lush island in contrast with its murderous inhabitants.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Adult
Publication Date: February 28, 2023
ISBN: 9781534324688 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Adult, Comicbooks, Action Adventure, Dystopian, War, Survival, Image Comics
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