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Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings - Comic Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published December 27th 2017
Part-time grim reaper, full-time cutie
Kim Reaper, Grim Beginnings, comics, comics for kids, comics about death, goth comics, comics with lesbians

Becka has her eye on Kim, the cute goth girl in her fine history class, but her plan to ask out her crush goes awry when she finds herself sucked through a portal. It turns out Kim is a part-time grim reaper, and Becka accidentally interrupting her at work could cost Kim her job or worse.

Kim Reaper is a light-hearted romantic comic, aimed at teens. Despite the subject matter, it's nowhere near as dark as other stories with a similar subject matter, like Roman Dirge's Lenore, or the tv series Dead Like Me. There isn't really any gallows humour. It does feature animate skeletons and zombies, but there is no gore and surprisingly little death. Instead, it's quite a warm and fuzzy tale of romance between two young college students. The dates they go on and the scrapes they get into are unusual, but a lot of fun.

Kim Reaper is written and illustrated by Sarah Graley, creator of Our Super Adventure and Pizza Witch. This volume collects the first four issues of the comic. The art is cute and reminded me a little of Lumberjanes, but I found the story a bit lacking in depth by comparison. It has no explicit language or sex and only very cartoonish violence, making it suitable for younger readers. It is still fairly rare to find a comic featuring a lesbian romance, so this comic will please readers who are looking for that.

Kim Reaper is a cute, light-hearted F/F romance that is quick to read. It will probably appeal to fans of comics like Nimona and Lumberjanes.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Oni Press, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: 13 March 2018
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