Slam! Vol. 1
In the fast-paced, hard-hitting, super cheeky, all-female world of banked track roller derby, two young women will have to decide if their budding friendship is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line.When life starts coming at you like a freight train, you have two options: run away screaming or lean into the hit. From the first day of Fresh Meat Orientation for the Eastside Roller Girls, Jennifer and Maisie knew they’d be fast friends. But when they’re drafted to different teams, the pull of competition — and their increasingly messy personal lives — threaten to drive them apart. In roller derby you take your hits, get back up, and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, a better lover, and a better friend. Derby can heal your heart . . . but it might break a bone or two in the process. Bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and retired Los Angeles Derby Doll Pamela Ribon (Going In Circles, Why Girls Are Weird) joins artist Veronica Fish (Archie, Silk) for a tale of friendship, heartbreak, and truly epic jams.

Slam! Vol. 1 Details

TitleSlam! Vol. 1
Author
ReleaseSep 7th, 2017
PublisherBoom! Studios
ISBN-139781684150045
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fiction, Sports and Games, Sports, Young Adult, Contemporary

Slam! Vol. 1 Review

  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    In the fast-paced, hard-hitting, super cheeky, all-female world of banked track roller derby, two young women will have to decide if their budding friendship is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line. Reading this comic right after having watched the Netflix series GLOW felt like the perfect thing to get into next. Similar to the above, not only do we have the badassness of derby to keep us entertained, the visuals in SLAM! are remarkably eye-catching. From the illust In the fast-paced, hard-hitting, super cheeky, all-female world of banked track roller derby, two young women will have to decide if their budding friendship is stronger than the pull of a team when a win is on the line. Reading this comic right after having watched the Netflix series GLOW felt like the perfect thing to get into next. Similar to the above, not only do we have the badassness of derby to keep us entertained, the visuals in SLAM! are remarkably eye-catching. From the illustrations to the color palettes, it was hard not to get caught up in the world of roller derby.And bonus points, the dialogue was actually engaging and even had its memorable laugh-out-loud moments here and there. We also have discussions about the difficulties of balancing your personal life with sports. Mom friends. Supporting friends holding posters with puns in the crow. Maintaining your friendships on and off the track. And a bunch more is included over the course of these four issues.Also, I loved spotting the many feminist shirts in the panels: On that note, here are some of my favorite illustrated moments: Those witty commentaries: And those cute budding romances: Which then leads to Maisie (aka "Can-Can") being on cloud nine, similar to how Noora Sætre acted when she also got laid towards the end of Skam season four. I mean, this is just a huge parallel: SourceCute 2.0: The dude even prepared a cheesy supportive poster: And last but note least, I'll always shout-out my fellow mom friends: All in all: I'm ecstatic to see what's in store for these badass ladies in the near future. I'm just sad that I have to wait nearly two months to find out what happens in the next issue. Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying SLAM! Vol. 1, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission! This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • Ashley Metzger
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly, between Giant Days and Lumberjanes and this, Boom Box is becoming a must read publisher for me. I adored this graphic. I loved the art and the realistic story. I found it went a bit too fast for me, almost like they didn't flesh out the stories enough, but I still THOROUGHLY enjoyed it. I will definitely pick up more from this series/these authors and artists.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this! Solid story and great art by Veronica. Have been such a huge fan of her work on the Archie, Silk, and Spider-Woman series so have been looking forward to this one for ages. Definitely delivered! Highly recommend for fans of Roller Girl, Whip It, and Netflix's Glow.
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  • LibraryDanielle
    January 1, 1970
    #accurate
  • Kayleigh
    January 1, 1970
    4 out of 5 stars.“Why do you always talk to me like we're in an action movie? What exactly did I do to you?” “I don't hate you, knockout. I'm using you.” “See? Like that.”Feminism, all-female roller derby teams, diversity, hilarious and witty interactions, and adorable budding romances, SLAM! is basically the graphic novel of my dreams. I had so much fun reading this one, and managed to complete it in about thirty minutes because I was so in love and entertained by this story.Veronica Fish's ill 4 out of 5 stars.“Why do you always talk to me like we're in an action movie? What exactly did I do to you?” “I don't hate you, knockout. I'm using you.” “See? Like that.”Feminism, all-female roller derby teams, diversity, hilarious and witty interactions, and adorable budding romances, SLAM! is basically the graphic novel of my dreams. I had so much fun reading this one, and managed to complete it in about thirty minutes because I was so in love and entertained by this story.Veronica Fish's illustrations were incredibly beautiful and I adored all of the different colors. I went back through the entire thing once I finished reading just to look at the art again. This was a classic case of "wow, why am I not this talented?" I can't wait to see her art in the second volume.I loved the emphasis on friendship in this graphic novel. Badass girls supporting other badass girls? Sign me up. The groups were also incredibly diverse, which made me really happy to see. There was also multiple girls shown wearing different kinds of feminist shirts. Diverse, girl-loving, feminist women kicking ass in roller derby. I'm in love, honestly.Needless to say, I absolutely loved SLAM! and can't wait to see where Ribon goes with the second one.
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  • Patb
    January 1, 1970
    Roller Derby! And friendships.
  • Elisa The-Bookie-Monster
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 Slam is a slice of life comic revolving around 2 girls who meet and become friends while trying out for roller derby. They try to balance work, school and personal lives as well as training for derby. I really liked the character designs and development. Once again, Boom Studios has a great series
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Slam is a bright and fun graphic novel about two young women who join a banked track roller derby team. The artwork is wonderful! Bright and bold, and it really captures the different characters personalities.The story is strong and interesting, with good dialogue. The characters feel realistic, they are well fleshed out with distinct personalities that show through in the way they speak and act. But for me, the story just moved a little bit too fast. A lot of things were skipped over that would Slam is a bright and fun graphic novel about two young women who join a banked track roller derby team. The artwork is wonderful! Bright and bold, and it really captures the different characters personalities.The story is strong and interesting, with good dialogue. The characters feel realistic, they are well fleshed out with distinct personalities that show through in the way they speak and act. But for me, the story just moved a little bit too fast. A lot of things were skipped over that would have made me feel more involved. I wanted to see more of the training, and things like one of the characters first date with a new man - he just appears once and then suddenly she really likes him. I wanted to understand why! So really my complaint is that I want more! I recommend to anyone that likes roller derby, stories about women in sport, or stories about friendships between women.
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  • Larakaa
    January 1, 1970
    In General it's really cool. I have a soft spot for the Roller Derby sujet. The story of the first arc was a bit too stereotypical though. It's a story I've seen and read too often. There are other stories about female friendship/romance than that. I really enjoyed the pencils and colouring! The movement and the dynamic of the characters was great! Give it a chance but don't expect a mindblowing story.
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  • Anna (Bananas!)
    January 1, 1970
    The story is pretty light but still enjoyable. Two friends join roller derby teams and find both themselves and their friendship changing. The art is gorgeous and worth the purchase alone. This isn't the first I've seen Veronica Fish but I am now offically a fan.
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  • Brenna
    January 1, 1970
    SO GOOD!!!! Ahhhhh!! Man it's so good. You haven't read it?! Why?! You better be reading it now! That's the only excuse for not having read it already.
  • Michelle Hart
    January 1, 1970
    this comic is fine--solid, fun story; some nice humor; good art. but it's just not very satisfying. i'm getting frustrated with current comics not putting in the effort to tell complete stories. i understand that this series and most others are serialized, but i definitely remember a time when volumes--collected editions, trades, whatever--told stories that had a beginning, middle, and end, and still managed to continue the larger story from volume to volume. I like this story and am eager to se this comic is fine--solid, fun story; some nice humor; good art. but it's just not very satisfying. i'm getting frustrated with current comics not putting in the effort to tell complete stories. i understand that this series and most others are serialized, but i definitely remember a time when volumes--collected editions, trades, whatever--told stories that had a beginning, middle, and end, and still managed to continue the larger story from volume to volume. I like this story and am eager to see where it goes, but it's hard to evaluate this as something complete.
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  • Geppis Baltimore
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun slice of life comic revolving around two girls who meet and become close friends while training for roller derby. As they try to balance school, work and derby they struggle to keep up their friendship. I loved the character designs and character development for Slam! and I think fans of Lumberjanes and Giant Days will love it too. Boom Studios has been publishing some great series recently, and this is no different!I would recommend for teens and older.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    This was actually really cute and would be the perfect read for a teenage girl needing to get her foot in the door with comics. It's all about the ups and downs of young adulthood, friends, dating, girl-power, etc., with Roller Derby being the edgy, fun and new adventure for our protagonist. Social media and texting tell parts of the story, which would, I assume, be looked at as cool by most teens. Totally not my kind of book, but I can appreciate it for what it is.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    This comic is exactly the fun, girl power, jocks being awesome story I needed in my life. The derby lingo is accurate and it spoke to my "fresh meat" soul. Like, it's a little too on the nose in a few places and yet I loved every panel. I think that if you enjoy either BITCH PLANET or LUMBERJANES, you'll really dig this book. It's fantastic.
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  • Chelsey
    January 1, 1970
    Roller derby is fast, furious, and not for the faint of heart. But it's just what Jen and Maisie need to get them out of their respective funks. Well, that, and each other. But when they're drafted into separate teams, can their friendship survive, or will it be slammed?I'm a sucker for roller derby and strong female characters, so this was a total win. There's not always a super-strong plot, but each issue features strong relationships, great art, and hard-hitting action. Thoroughly enjoyed, lo Roller derby is fast, furious, and not for the faint of heart. But it's just what Jen and Maisie need to get them out of their respective funks. Well, that, and each other. But when they're drafted into separate teams, can their friendship survive, or will it be slammed?I'm a sucker for roller derby and strong female characters, so this was a total win. There's not always a super-strong plot, but each issue features strong relationships, great art, and hard-hitting action. Thoroughly enjoyed, looking forward to volume 2.
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  • saskeah
    January 1, 1970
    I wished that this book was about flat track instead of bank, and there were a few things normalized in here (ie, all derby parties are about drinking, skating without a helmet, glorifying injuries) that I didn't love. That said, I think this book really captures the roller derby feels and experience. I will definitely be on the lookout for volume 2.
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  • k
    January 1, 1970
    boombox has such a knack for authentic, slice of life type graphics, and I rly dig it. that being said: felt like this one glossed over the passage of time a bit too much. I would've liked for things to have been stretched out, rather than a bit rushed.
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  • Tina Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    Fun story about female strength, friendship, and the way life can get in the wayAnd a lorry load of roller derby😎
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Now I can't stop thinking about what my roller derby name should be.
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Friendship goals, roller derby, excellent art -- I was super excited to read more of this series, but just read that it was cancelled.Seriously bummed.
  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Easy breezy fun read********Read Harder: book about sports
  • Ann Sinnen
    January 1, 1970
    This was amazing! I really loved it! If you love roller derby or just love a sweet female friendship then this is a must read! Can't wait for the next volume!
  • Erik
    January 1, 1970
    Great comic that captures the spirit and feeling of roller derby.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    loved this! feeling such derby love right now!
  • Jamiekid
    January 1, 1970
    A solid read. Beautiful artwork. Relatable characters. The plot could have been developed more/gone deeper with the details. I would read volume two.
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I think the creators need a little more time to cook in comics -- awkward transitions etc.
  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third roller derby graphic novel I've read in the past couple years. Is there some secret roller derby revival happening somewhere or is this like a concerted movement to make fetch happen?On the plus side, the roller derby GNs have all been uniformly pretty good. This sweet story of friendship comes in second after Roller Girl and just noses out Trish Trash #1: Rollergirl of Mars.
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  • Secret Stacks
    January 1, 1970
    This comic was discussed in The Secret Stacks Episode 22.
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