Blue Monday Vol. 1
Writer & Illustrator: Chynna Clugston Flores
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Jeromy Cox and Amie Grenier
Publisher: Image Comics
Review by Insha Fitzpatrick
Blue Monday tells the stories of my, your, and everyone’s new favorite lady heroine: Bleu. She’s a blue-haired girl who’s obsessed with music, but most importantly the lovely Adam Ant. She’s a high school lass who has the best friends anyone can ask for (if you don’t love Clover after this, you’re wrong) and always down to pull a solid prank on the boys who they run with.
Bleu’s dilemma in this story is that she needs concert tickets. Not just any concert tickets, no no, concert tickets to see the one and only Adam Ant live. Bleu goes through a bunch of scenarios as she turns her world upside down to get these tickets and see her one and only true love.
I have so many awesome things to say about Blue Monday that I’m going to try to condense as much as possible. Blue Monday gives a new perspective of teenage life that’s both absolutely witty and amazingly accurate. Chynna Clugston Flores writes and illustrates Blue Monday and she does an amazing job of telling a teenage story from a fangirl perspective. Each and every one of the characters are lovable in their own way and that tells something special about the writing. One of my favorite pairs of the book is the friendship between Bleu and Clover. While Bleu is a bit of a levelheaded one in their relationship, Clover is hotheaded (literally and figuratively) and she does whatever it takes to protect Bleu. Their dynamic is one of those comic friendships that need to be addressed more often.
As some people may know, I am a fangirl for colorists and Jordie Bellaire is one of the top colorists to swoon over. Her colors in this are very much like her style. They’re beautiful, realistic, simple, but expertly crafted. One thing that really got me was the coloring of clothes and the rooms/spaces, especially Bleu’s room. While Chynna writes and illustrates those different personalities, they really come to life when Jordie puts her colors to them. It REALLY starts to give the characters different personalities and make you crave to know more about them.
Buy it! Blue Monday Vol. 1 is a slice of life comic that will just make you smile more than anything. Especially with its colorful characters and amazing story line. The teenage pranks, angst, and thirst will make you want to read it over and over again. You seriously don’t wanna miss out on this one.