Spectacle Vol. 1
Fan-favorite webcomic creator Megan Rose Gedris (Yu+Me Dream) crafts a compelling tale of magic, deception, and wonder in this stunningly illustrated graphic novel about the bond between sisters.Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn't believe in anything supernatural—until her twin sister Kat is murdered and comes back as a very demanding ghost. Sharing a room with her sister was hard, but now they're sharing a body while trying to identify the killer. With few leads, a troupe full of secretive folk, and strange paranormal occurrences popping up around the circus, solving the case seems near impossible. But the murderer in their midst may be the least of their problems... "Humorous and heartfelt, creepy and captivating; readers will eagerly hope for another volume." - Kirkus

Spectacle Vol. 1 Details

TitleSpectacle Vol. 1
Author
ReleaseMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherOni Press
ISBN-139781620104927
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Fantasy, Comics, Young Adult, Paranormal, Ghosts

Spectacle Vol. 1 Review

  • Zoë ☆
    January 1, 1970
    Anna and her twin sister are travelling with the Samson Brothers Circus, when something bad happens. Anna's sister Kat is murdered. Now it is up to Anna to figure out who did it. Kat helps her, because she appears as a ghost. There are also some other mysterious things going on, which leads to a troubling ending of the book. This graphic novel kind of surprised me! It was really engaging, funny and the art was really cool sometimes. But I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, and a lot of questio Anna and her twin sister are travelling with the Samson Brothers Circus, when something bad happens. Anna's sister Kat is murdered. Now it is up to Anna to figure out who did it. Kat helps her, because she appears as a ghost. There are also some other mysterious things going on, which leads to a troubling ending of the book. This graphic novel kind of surprised me! It was really engaging, funny and the art was really cool sometimes. But I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, and a lot of questions are left unsolved.I would recommend this if you want to read something quick and mysterious!
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    When Kat, a knife thrower, is murdered, her twin sister Anna, a circus fake psychic, gains the ability to see the dead, including her sister. Now Anna must discover who killed her sister while dealing with the realities of living in a travelling circus in the 19th century. The art and story took me a LONG time to warm up to. But once we finally got to the meat of the story the book really picked up. I wouldn't call this a detective novel because Anna doesn't do much detecting. She more just accu When Kat, a knife thrower, is murdered, her twin sister Anna, a circus fake psychic, gains the ability to see the dead, including her sister. Now Anna must discover who killed her sister while dealing with the realities of living in a travelling circus in the 19th century. The art and story took me a LONG time to warm up to. But once we finally got to the meat of the story the book really picked up. I wouldn't call this a detective novel because Anna doesn't do much detecting. She more just accuses everyone and then decides that person didn't do it. The more intriguing parts of the story are finding out about the rest of the circus folk. Even though Anna has been with the circus for 15 years, she's always kept to herself. Ends very abruptly, mid story which sucks because I read volume 2 won't be out for another year, Summer 2019.
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  • Nicay │The Nerdy side of a Queen
    January 1, 1970
    ... Originally posted @ THE NERDY SIDE OF A QUEEN“Ghosts aren’t real, and your sister is gone and you’ve just been pretending to talk to her because you’re too sad to face the real world.”Thank you Netgalley and Oni Press for giving an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.The spectacle will bring you into a world of magic, and you will not know the difference which was the real or not.And that’s what happened to Anna; when her twin sister died, Kat’s ghost decided to be inside of Anna’s body. ... Originally posted @ THE NERDY SIDE OF A QUEEN“Ghosts aren’t real, and your sister is gone and you’ve just been pretending to talk to her because you’re too sad to face the real world.”Thank you Netgalley and Oni Press for giving an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.The spectacle will bring you into a world of magic, and you will not know the difference which was the real or not.And that’s what happened to Anna; when her twin sister died, Kat’s ghost decided to be inside of Anna’s body. They became a partner in discovering who killed Kat, but as soon as they were finding the truth, they were also introduced to new adventures and discoveries.This is my first graphic novel requested to Netgalley, that’s why I am excited to read it so soon. And as I finished this, there were so many thoughts came into my mind in regards to this graphic novel.(view spoiler)[And here are they:The images in the graphic novel were so good that I really enjoyed reading this, though for the story it became mainly focused on solving another incident other than its main purpose. I hope the story focused first on the Kat and Anna’s story before someone else’s. Because we want readers to know more about the characters we will dive into. (hide spoiler)]Though I am not an expert in reviewing a graphic novel, those were the main points I noticed.All in all, I still enjoyed it and the graphic images were really splendid. And I am excited about the adventures of Kat and Anna.
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  • Katie.dorny
    January 1, 1970
    *received by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*How dare you leave me with the unsolved murder, a lesbian romance and an awesome diverse cast? think i'm gonna buy the rest of the series? (i am)I loved this from beginning to end. circus, lady detective turned psychic. LESBIANS. count me in all the way.
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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    Great book, fantastic art, ends with cliff hanger.
  • stefiereads
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I started reading this book did not expect much because somehow books with circus or carnaval theme never really made me in love. Same with this book, I did not love it, I enjoyed this graphic novel, but whyyyy it ended there?I feel like it would be much better if they actually did not leave me hanging like that :(Overall, 3 stars.*The digital copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you :)
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  • Marnie Ava
    January 1, 1970
    Such a beautiful piece of artwork, with a wonderful storyline to match! This novel leads you on a wonderful adventure through the multi-coloured world of Megan Gedris. I think it is a must read for anyone looking for a quick and exciting read, the cliff-hanger at the end will leave you wanting more!
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  • Rosa
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Net Galley for providing a free copy of this book in trade for an honest review.This review is also posted on my blog :https://onewordtoomuch.wordpress.com/...A murder story combines with magic, supernatural thing is something new to me. Rarely have I read a book with these combinations, but somehow it comes out quite unique in its own way. The story of Anna who doesn’t believe in ghost and now she had to live with her sister’s ghost is somehow ironic. When I first read this book, I wa Thank you Net Galley for providing a free copy of this book in trade for an honest review.This review is also posted on my blog :https://onewordtoomuch.wordpress.com/...A murder story combines with magic, supernatural thing is something new to me. Rarely have I read a book with these combinations, but somehow it comes out quite unique in its own way. The story of Anna who doesn’t believe in ghost and now she had to live with her sister’s ghost is somehow ironic. When I first read this book, I was disappointed. The graphic is weird, the coloring has a rare combination. I left it for a week before I read it again. Turns out, the story is good and humor also appears in a few parts. Once you read it, you will indulge into the mystery instead of the unique color and illustration.I like it that Anna’s quest to find her sister’s murderer is getting more interesting and intriguing as the story goes. She has 1 friend who helps her. The circus life is also quite appealing with their bizarre characters. It really pictured a mystical circus.Illustration style is actually not my biggest favorite. I’m ok with the lines not being uneven, but I feel that the faces are very simple. Some of the texts are hard to read, being too squiggly. But I like the coloring. The combination of watercolor and ink is perfect. It’s like combining a hard and soft element at the same time. The story ended with a strange event…the strangest during the whole book. It really makes it feels the whole book feels mystical and there might be some dark force at play here. I’m kind of hoping that there will be the next book. Recommend for those who loves crime and mystery book with a twist of magical, illogical, supernatural element, all thrown together.
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  • ✩ Ashley ✩
    January 1, 1970
    ✩ 3 Stars ✩ Very odd, in the most delicious way! It moved a little slowly in the beginning and it took even longer to warm up to the artwork. As the pace began to pick up, the characters, story, and artwork grew on me and I was thirsty for more. I really enjoyed the mystery of “Who did it?” but became more curious about the underlying plot that was continuously being hinted at. Anna and her twin, Kat, are the main characters. Anna ignorantly lives in the dark from many truths and I do believe Ka ✩ 3 Stars ✩ Very odd, in the most delicious way! It moved a little slowly in the beginning and it took even longer to warm up to the artwork. As the pace began to pick up, the characters, story, and artwork grew on me and I was thirsty for more. I really enjoyed the mystery of “Who did it?” but became more curious about the underlying plot that was continuously being hinted at. Anna and her twin, Kat, are the main characters. Anna ignorantly lives in the dark from many truths and I do believe Kat has a few secrets that will be revealed in future volumes. Anna has been fraudulently performing as Madame Strange in the traveling circus but quickly learns she’s actually a legitimate psychic. I enjoyed Flora’s character because she was a melodramatic hoot, although I still don’t know how much I trust her... Keeping your enemies closer and all. Overall a peculiarly entertaining story.ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Helena Summers
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for providing me with an ARC! All opinions are my own.Actual rating: 4.5.This comic has everything I like in stories: a murderer, a circus, lots of magic and beautiful art! Though I feel like it’s very introductory (I bet the story is going to become much more complex than what it seems at first sight), it has lots of action and nothing seems unnecessary. The main character is not the most likeable one, but the dynamics between her and her sister are really f Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for providing me with an ARC! All opinions are my own.Actual rating: 4.5.This comic has everything I like in stories: a murderer, a circus, lots of magic and beautiful art! Though I feel like it’s very introductory (I bet the story is going to become much more complex than what it seems at first sight), it has lots of action and nothing seems unnecessary. The main character is not the most likeable one, but the dynamics between her and her sister are really fascinating and everything points to lots of character development in future volumes. I also liked the fact that we get to know other characters and their backgrounds, which makes it more realistic and interesting since there are so many suspects! I’m excited to read the next volume and see how this story develops, because I was definitely not expecting that ending. Such a promising first volume!
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  • Ewa
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley★★★⭐ "I was born at a sunrise, thirty years ago. My sister made her entrance to the world at dusk. The trend continued throughout our lives." Kat and Anna are twin sisters but couldn't be more different. Kat is a social butterfly and a knife thrower and Anna is Madame Strange - not good with pepole unless giving them false propercies. One night Kat gets murdered and Anna has to deal with the loss, find out who killed her sister, and figure out wh I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley★★★½⭐ "I was born at a sunrise, thirty years ago. My sister made her entrance to the world at dusk. The trend continued throughout our lives." Kat and Anna are twin sisters but couldn't be more different. Kat is a social butterfly and a knife thrower and Anna is Madame Strange - not good with pepole unless giving them false propercies. One night Kat gets murdered and Anna has to deal with the loss, find out who killed her sister, and figure out what's going on with Kat's ghost.Considering that it's a story about the death of the sister I thought the tone is going to be more serious but it was a really funny read. Kat's a hilarious ghost and I laughed a lot while reading this book so I'm glad it kept the melancholy at bay. I liked the interactions between Kat and Anna. It's nice to read something about a bond between siblings for once and I haven't read that in a while.At the beginning I didn't really like the art (especially how the faces are drawn) but I got used to it and I have to admit that it suits the atmosphere of a circus. Also, the colours used looked interesting. The comic ended in a strange place? I'm not sure whether I haven't received the full thing (I've only got 115 pages) but it seemed cut too suddenly.All in all, I would like to read more of that.
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalleyThis was an interesting concept with some interesting characters, although it seemed to end rather abruptly and is 20 pages shorter than the page count here. I think my ARC copy might be missing some pages at the end because otherwise it was just a really abrupt cliffhanger. Still, the characters and world are interesting enough so I would like to read volume two when it comes out. The art style takes a little while to get used to but I liked it I received a free copy of this book from NetGalleyThis was an interesting concept with some interesting characters, although it seemed to end rather abruptly and is 20 pages shorter than the page count here. I think my ARC copy might be missing some pages at the end because otherwise it was just a really abrupt cliffhanger. Still, the characters and world are interesting enough so I would like to read volume two when it comes out. The art style takes a little while to get used to but I liked it pretty well by the end of the volume. You've got ghosts in your blood, you should probably do cocaine about it!
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  • Katherina [Book-o-Craze]
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted on my blog, Book-o-Craze! ~~~I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free copy for me to read in exchange for an honest review.This graphic novel might have been a little darker than I had originally anticipated (although, I am not sure what exactly I had expected when the blurb itself states that the heroine's twin sister is murdered), but I enjoyed it nonetheless.Anna is part of a circus, whose members are far more mysterious and secretive than orig Originally posted on my blog, Book-o-Craze! ~~~I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free copy for me to read in exchange for an honest review.This graphic novel might have been a little darker than I had originally anticipated (although, I am not sure what exactly I had expected when the blurb itself states that the heroine's twin sister is murdered), but I enjoyed it nonetheless.Anna is part of a circus, whose members are far more mysterious and secretive than originally assumed. And, after Kat's murder, this only becomes clearer and clearer. Because, the latter, might not have seen who her murderer was (stabbed right at the back, tsk tsk tsk), but she is set on finding out and soon. Recruiting Anna, of course. The plot just thickens from then on, with the heroine(s?) stumbling into more and more adventures almost by the page.It was a nice introduction to a new series, and it definitely got me hooked right at the beginning. I was itching to know who the murderer was and what their motives could be, and I really hope this series develops into multiple volumes, following Anna and her ghost of a sister. All in all, 3 stars to the very first volume of this graphic novel, which seems to be highly promising.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Just stand here for ten minutes to say I did, and then I can go read my book.This story is about twin sisters who work in a circus together, and there's so much to unpack. One of the twins, Anna, pretends to read fortunes but it's all a lie - she doesn't really believe in anything supernatural, and in fact, she prefers logic, and a statistics machine that she built herself. Then her twin is murdered, and suddenly she can see gh I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Just stand here for ten minutes to say I did, and then I can go read my book.This story is about twin sisters who work in a circus together, and there's so much to unpack. One of the twins, Anna, pretends to read fortunes but it's all a lie - she doesn't really believe in anything supernatural, and in fact, she prefers logic, and a statistics machine that she built herself. Then her twin is murdered, and suddenly she can see ghosts, including her own twin's ghost. Volume One is clearly a beginning of the story, but it was enough to get me intrigued. There are many open questions, such as what Kat is hiding, or what happened to the two girls before they ended up at the circus. I loved the relationship between Anna and Kat, and I also loved the way the other ghosts helped Anna.The art was unique, and this was a pretty funny, magical read with circus-y events and supernatural happenings.Also, I'm pretty sure Kat is queer, which... on one hand, she's dead, but on the other hand, she's a pretty major character and also a ghost, so she's not really gone? I'm curious to see what happens next.
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  • Karina
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 Stars: ★★★★ 1/2 (Maybe 5?? Still deciding on a rating!)Spectacle Vol. 1 is a fantastic +magical graphic novel!! I loved it!! (~▾)~*:✧・✧♥♥It has a great art style, wonderfully plotted story, in-depth characters, elements of mystery, paranormal, & so much more, all while centering around a traveling circus that gets halted in a desert town!The main character Anna works at the Samson Brothers Circus as an engineer and soon has to solve the mystery of her twin sister, Anna's death! W Rating: 4.5 Stars: ★★★★ 1/2 (Maybe 5?? Still deciding on a rating!)Spectacle Vol. 1 is a fantastic +magical graphic novel!! I loved it!! (~˘▾˘)~*:✧・✧♥♥It has a great art style, wonderfully plotted story, in-depth characters, elements of mystery, paranormal, & so much more, all while centering around a traveling circus that gets halted in a desert town!The main character Anna works at the Samson Brothers Circus as an engineer and soon has to solve the mystery of her twin sister, Anna's death! When Anna comes back as a ghost, its up to Anna to solve the case when it looks like it may have been a murder!I'd been wanting to pick this up for sometime (b/c I'd been familiar with it as a web-comic) but decided to wait until this 1st volume released!! It was such a great graphic novel & I can't wait to read the next one!
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  • Katie (Lost in Pages)
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5*
  • Daphnee (daphneereads)
    January 1, 1970
    At first, I wasn’t a fan of the drawings in Spectacle but I grew to like them as I read. Interesting premise, Anna’s twin sister is murdered and she tries to find the murderer. The ending was weird because it felt like it was shortly. I enjoyed it enough.
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  • Zoe Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This was an enjoyable read. I always love a murder mystery and a circus story. The art is gorgeous, and it definitely breaks the boundaries of comics/graphic novels. The lack of resolution at the ending was not my cup of tea - it felt like it ended in the middle of an issue. I'm all for cliff hangers, but I thought this was a little too abrupt. Would be interested in Vol 2 when it comes out. I would like to solve the mystery! Thanks to Oni and Netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest This was an enjoyable read. I always love a murder mystery and a circus story. The art is gorgeous, and it definitely breaks the boundaries of comics/graphic novels. The lack of resolution at the ending was not my cup of tea - it felt like it ended in the middle of an issue. I'm all for cliff hangers, but I thought this was a little too abrupt. Would be interested in Vol 2 when it comes out. I would like to solve the mystery! Thanks to Oni and Netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of Spectacle Vol. 1 from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Spectacle is by Megan Rose Gedris, though it isn’t her first graphic novel by any means. Yu+Me is probably her most famous work, but she’s also done works such as I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space (try saying that ten times fast), and Small Town Blues. What originally drew my attention to Spectacle was the cover; the rich colors and circus theme immediately captivated me, and I knew I received a copy of Spectacle Vol. 1 from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Spectacle is by Megan Rose Gedris, though it isn’t her first graphic novel by any means. Yu+Me is probably her most famous work, but she’s also done works such as I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space (try saying that ten times fast), and Small Town Blues. What originally drew my attention to Spectacle was the cover; the rich colors and circus theme immediately captivated me, and I knew I had to give this new series a try. Spectacle is about two twin sisters whom are part of a travelling circus. One is whimsical and flighty, while the other is pragmatic and down to earth. It’s ironic then that the pragmatic sister, Anna, is the one that can predict the future and see ghosts. Not exactly traits one would expect from a realistic person, no? The story of Anna and Kat is oddly compelling – they’re both so different from one other, but their ties are unbreakable. Seeing them try to solve this mystery together against all odds…it was wonderful. Though I do wish it hadn’t ended on a cliffhanger (mostly because I’m not a fan of them). The artwork for this series is outstanding. I expected rich colors based on the cover, but I wasn’t expecting the level of details or other subtle details that were included. I love the way Gedris portrayed the circus as well as the more supernatural events that occurred. I’m probably going to have to continue reading this series, because I’m officially hooked. I hope the wait for volume two isn’t too long…For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks
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  • Kirsty Hanson
    January 1, 1970
    Hey, look! It's another graphic novel review! And it's another graphic novel that I requested from Netgalley! Except this graphic novel is so much different than to what I normally read in graphic novel format, and it definitely has a different artwork style than to what I'm used to. But hey. I like branching out when it comes to graphic novels, so I wanted to give Spectacle a go!Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn't believe in anything superna Hey, look! It's another graphic novel review! And it's another graphic novel that I requested from Netgalley! Except this graphic novel is so much different than to what I normally read in graphic novel format, and it definitely has a different artwork style than to what I'm used to. But hey. I like branching out when it comes to graphic novels, so I wanted to give Spectacle a go!Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn't believe in anything supernatural—until her twin sister Kat is murdered and comes back as a very demanding ghost. Sharing a room with her sister was hard, but now they're sharing a body while trying to identify the killer. With few leads, a troupe full of secretive folk, and strange paranormal occurrences popping up around the circus, solving the case seems near impossible. But the murderer in their midst may be the least of their problems...I was definitely weary before I started reading this. I'm not a fan of the whole circus/carnival themed stories. I've read quite a few such as Caraval, Daughter of the Burning City e.t.c... and the only one that I can say that I have absolutely loved was Caraval. DOTBC was enjoyable but not as good as Caraval, and then the other carnival/circus books that I've read have been awful... So yeah. I was definitely weary when going into this, but it sounded interesting so I was intrigued. I actually really enjoyed reading this. I fell in love with the sisterly relationship between Anna and Kat. I know that the blurb that I've included says that Kat is murdered and just to let you know, THAT'S NOT A SPOILER! IT'S ALL GOOD, GUYS! It happens within the first couple of pages and the rest of the volume is about Anna trying to figure out who killed her. On top of this, Anna can actually see her sister's ghost and the banter between them is just brilliant. And because of the ghosts, there is such a good supernatural element of the book, because it turns out that Kat's ghost is not the only ghost that Anna can see...When it comes to the artwork, it's not really the type of artwork that I'm used to; I prefer much darker types of illustrations. Spectacle definitely falls into the category of more 'cartoon' illustrations and reminds me of the fun type of artwork of Lumberjanes. The only negative that I have about this volume is that the ending was very abrupt. I didn't know whether it was just a formatting error - because that happened to me when reading Shadowman - or whether it just had an abrupt ending. I do think that this series has a lot of potential, and I hope that in the next volume, the abrupt ending has a little bit of an explanation because I was left so confused. It wasn't even that it ended on a cliff-hanger... It just... Ended...If it wasn't for the ending, I probably would have given this volume 4 stars. But alas, the ending meant that I gave it 3.5.Disclaimer: this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review
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  • Katiria
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to NetGalley and Oni Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review Spectacle Vol. 1! ***Another graphic novel that I picked up on NetGalley that I had to check it out. When I first read the synopsis of Spectacle Vol. 1 I was hook line and sinker I just know I was going to love and enjoy this book. And I was totally right this graphic novel did not disappoint me at all I thoroughly loved and enjoyed *** I received this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to NetGalley and Oni Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review Spectacle Vol. 1! ***Another graphic novel that I picked up on NetGalley that I had to check it out. When I first read the synopsis of Spectacle Vol. 1 I was hook line and sinker I just know I was going to love and enjoy this book. And I was totally right this graphic novel did not disappoint me at all I thoroughly loved and enjoyed every bit of this amazing graphic novel. Now I won't go into any details about this book because I think you should check out Spectacle Vol. 1 it really was an amazingly fantastic graphic novel for me. I absolutely love the plotline and concept of the book two twin sister Anna and Kat working in a circus called Samson Brothers Circus until one day Anna finds Kat murder in their trailer. I so love any books or graphic novels that are set in a circus this is actually the first graphic novel that I read set in a circus so it was an A+ win for me and I really love murder mysteries as well with a twist of supernatural in this book is totally my jam in books too. The artwork is absolutely beautiful I just love looking at each page. Each and ever characters were well developed and rounded, plus all and every character was diverse as well which I totally love reading about diverse characters too. The writing style flowed well with the story and was structure really great too that I totally understand everything on Spectacle Vol. 1 I was not confused at all while reading this graphic novel. What I would have loved more it's too learn a little bit more background on why Anna and Kat joined the circus and about their past, but we did get a little glimpse about their past when the twins were kids and I am dying to learn more about there past life when they were just kids. But alas I think we learn a little bit more about the twins and the circus in each Volumes that will come out next. All and all I absolutely, utterly and totally love and enjoy Spectacle Vol. 1 that I can't wait to continue on reading the next Volumes in the Spectacle series, after that ending in this graphic novel. Things just start to get stranger and stranger in the Samson Brothers Circus and I can't wait to read and learn more about it!
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  • Katrina Southern
    January 1, 1970
    Graphic Novels are becoming more and more of a fave for me. I hardly ever read them before, but I have SUCH a thing for art, and combining that with my love of stories is perfect. I piked this one up on a whim, PURELY because of that gorgeous cover art. It promised me an intriguing murder mystery, mixed with the wonder of the circus and supernatural shenanigans. How could I resist? I'll admit, I wasn't overly convinced my the humour and 'bluntness' of Anna's character to begin with. But she, and Graphic Novels are becoming more and more of a fave for me. I hardly ever read them before, but I have SUCH a thing for art, and combining that with my love of stories is perfect. I piked this one up on a whim, PURELY because of that gorgeous cover art. It promised me an intriguing murder mystery, mixed with the wonder of the circus and supernatural shenanigans. How could I resist? I'll admit, I wasn't overly convinced my the humour and 'bluntness' of Anna's character to begin with. But she, and this story, really grew on me.There's no denying that the visuals are stunning. Especially the random character spreads that appear throughout. Gedris is most certainly talented! Whatsmore, the intrigue and mystery surrounding her characters, and the way that she drew them, was awesome. I found them all memorable, my favourites (for some reason) being the slightly vain, definitely seedy, but somehow loveable ringmaster Jebediah Tetanus (THAT. NAME) and the overly-excited, shrill snake charmer, Flora. The way the characters interacted with each other was a lot of fun and Gedris did a great job of revealing their motives and secrets.The cliffhanger at the end was pretty brutal. That being said, it's made me really excited to read the next one! This is definitely a series I'm invested in. It took a while for the pace to build, and while the Deputy Sheriff story-line was a strange detour, it's primary role was to reveal more of Anna's newfound powers. I think it did so pretty successfully. I'm interested in the relationship between Anna and Kat too. I definitely want to see where it goes!
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  • Isabelle (Belle's Book Adventures/the Book Dutchesses)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading Spectacle and flew through it. The art work is great and I loved the colors that were used. The art is very colorful and that fits the circus theme very well.This graphic novel has an incredibly diverse cast and a lot of interesting characters. Kat and Anna are our main characters and we do get to know them a little bit. However there is still a lot to discover! Same with the rest of the characters, I would like to know more about them in future volumes. I did really enj I really enjoyed reading Spectacle and flew through it. The art work is great and I loved the colors that were used. The art is very colorful and that fits the circus theme very well.This graphic novel has an incredibly diverse cast and a lot of interesting characters. Kat and Anna are our main characters and we do get to know them a little bit. However there is still a lot to discover! Same with the rest of the characters, I would like to know more about them in future volumes. I did really enjoyed the look we got at Carl and Lucy's backstory.There are a couple of mysterious things going on with the circus and nothing is predictable. It really keeps you guessing which is great. However the story ended on a cliffhanger but also in a bit of a weird moment. I actually thought my digital copy was missing a page or two, but every review seems to mention the cliffhanger so that might just be the graphic novel ;) I will definitely continue reading this series, but I hope we get a bit more character development in the next volume.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Engaging premise and setting, but a deeply unsatisfying ending.(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley. Trigger warning for ableist language directed at the circus "freaks".)Twin sisters Anna and Kat are performers in the Samson Brothers Circus: Anna tells fortunes, while Kat is a knife-thrower. Whereas Kat's talents are all too real, Anna is a fraud. Well, kind of: while Anna tells the rubes what they want to hear, she can predict the future and decipher the past with the he Engaging premise and setting, but a deeply unsatisfying ending.(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley. Trigger warning for ableist language directed at the circus "freaks".)Twin sisters Anna and Kat are performers in the Samson Brothers Circus: Anna tells fortunes, while Kat is a knife-thrower. Whereas Kat's talents are all too real, Anna is a fraud. Well, kind of: while Anna tells the rubes what they want to hear, she can predict the future and decipher the past with the help of her self-made conjecture engine. It's kind of slow and not very flashy, so - like Anna - it mostly stays in the background.When the circus's train is stalled out in the middle of the desert, Kat turns up dead, stabbed in the back with her own knives. Not wanting to alarm the other performs, circus owner Jebediah Tetanus (how's that for an evocative name?) tasks Anna with solving the murder in secret. But things go from bad to worse when a series of tragedies beset the circus, including Tetanus's own arrest at the hands of the corrupt deputy sheriff. Not to mention Kat's lingering spirit, which flits in and out of Anna's body to hide from pursuing demons. So I really wanted to love Spectacle - and some of the elements here are great - but there's a lot going on. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, except that very little is resolved by the end of chapter five. Usually I expect that a TPB has a self-contained story arc, but Book One of Spectacle feels more like the first two-thirds of a story. The ending - in which one of the roustabouts suddenly sprouts a rhino horn - is deeply unsatisfying, to say the least.The art wasn't initially my favorite - so many blockheads! - but it grew on me pretty quickly. I enjoyed the setting, which is some time in the mid (?) 1800s (?). This makes for some great old timey humor, such as when the circus doc diagnoses Anna with hysteria and prescribes coffee. With a side of heroin. The story features a cast of pretty fascinating women characters, from Flora the would-be fat lady/current snake charmer to Lucy Chen, a clown who did it all for love. I really hope that my suspicions about the source of the weirdness between Anna and the bearded lady pan out; a cute F/F romance makes every story better, okay. I wish that we'd seen more of Eve and Lynn, the conjoined twins; there's a lot of ableist yet era-appropriate language thrown their way, and I want desperately for the story challenges this as the plot unfolds. The collision between science and the supernatural also holds some promise going forward.P.S. WHAT GIVES WITH THE PICKLES!?!http://www.easyvegan.info/2018/05/22/...
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  • bookish_heights
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this unique graphic novel!When I first read the synopsis for this, I was very intrigued. Circus themed settings are one of my favourite kinds, add in a murder mystery plot and I am sold. I really enjoyed this short graphic novel, I was hooked from the start. The artwork was stunning, I loved the relationship between the sisters and also the added comedy was a bonus.Why I didn't rate it 5 stars: The story dragged in the middle and Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this unique graphic novel!When I first read the synopsis for this, I was very intrigued. Circus themed settings are one of my favourite kinds, add in a murder mystery plot and I am sold. I really enjoyed this short graphic novel, I was hooked from the start. The artwork was stunning, I loved the relationship between the sisters and also the added comedy was a bonus.Why I didn't rate it 5 stars: The story dragged in the middle and the ending was slightly weird and abrupt (I am, however, very curious to see where this goes). A unique story with a diverse set of characters, I would definitely recommend giving this a go if it sounds like something you would enjoy. I will be posting my review on Instagram within the week.
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  • Megan (YABookers)
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I've been getting into comic books & graphic novels a lot recently and I have to be honest, it was only really the cover that drew me into this one. Spectacle was a supernatural murder mystery set sometime in the 1800s in rural america. It was set in a circus and had a very wild west atmosphere. There was an exciting, vibrant, and charismatic cast of characters and I enjoyed the relationships in this graphic nove Disclaimer: I received this free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I've been getting into comic books & graphic novels a lot recently and I have to be honest, it was only really the cover that drew me into this one. Spectacle was a supernatural murder mystery set sometime in the 1800s in rural america. It was set in a circus and had a very wild west atmosphere. There was an exciting, vibrant, and charismatic cast of characters and I enjoyed the relationships in this graphic novel, especially that one between the twins, Anna & Kat. The supernatural element was intriguing too, as was the murder mystery, and I did enjoy the story. I feel like this vol. ended quite suddenly, which threw me off a little bit. The art itself isn't my usual taste, but it was colourful and it flowed nicely with the story. Overall, an average read for me but I would probably recommend to those looking for an easy graphic novel to read.
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  • Kenzie Faith
    January 1, 1970
    A free copy of this was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a story about murder. In a circus. Including ghosts. WHAT MORE COULD SOMEONE ASK FOR?! weeelllll... ITS ALSO IN GRAPHIC NOVEL FORM WITH AMAZING ART. The story starts with a circus group stranded with no water and limited amounts of food. But of course they have a couple jugs of liquor and have a party(because what else do you do in the middle of disaster). Well, while everyone else is at our party a murder A free copy of this was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a story about murder. In a circus. Including ghosts. WHAT MORE COULD SOMEONE ASK FOR?! weeelllll... ITS ALSO IN GRAPHIC NOVEL FORM WITH AMAZING ART. The story starts with a circus group stranded with no water and limited amounts of food. But of course they have a couple jugs of liquor and have a party(because what else do you do in the middle of disaster). Well, while everyone else is at our party a murder occurs... our MCs Sister.... BUT BUT BUT!!! HERES THE TWIST! THE SISTER COMES BACK AS A GHOST!!! Aaannnd basically just floats around not helping at all but yaaaa knowwwww.... well then there’s a demon running around, the circus master gets arrested for causing a riot and our MC finds out she can now see all ghosts.This was so good. It’s pretty much everything I love in one place. BUT I DO HAVE ONE BONE TO PICK HERE!!!! THE CLIFFHANGEEEERRRRR UGH. And you gotta realize this book isn’t even out yet! Let alone the next one!!!!*sobs dramatically* well that’s all I gotta say... I’ll go now....
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    Bit of a slow starter but about a third of the way in, I was hooked! An intriguing and very different setting and the traveling train circus was fun to follow. Wish that our MC hadn’t been as derogatory towards tarot cards as she was, even though I know it’s to contrast her belief in logic and science...The drawing style reminds me of One Hundred Nights of Hero rather than the more manga-influenced cover. It did allow for a more humorous bent despite the rather serious plot. I didn’t realize thi Bit of a slow starter but about a third of the way in, I was hooked! An intriguing and very different setting and the traveling train circus was fun to follow. Wish that our MC hadn’t been as derogatory towards tarot cards as she was, even though I know it’s to contrast her belief in logic and science...The drawing style reminds me of One Hundred Nights of Hero rather than the more manga-influenced cover. It did allow for a more humorous bent despite the rather serious plot. I didn’t realize this was a series. Agh, next!!
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  • Shelby Eileen
    January 1, 1970
    *arc provided by netgalley*This was actually... surprisingly good. It's a comic that follows a circus show, and specifically a pair of sisters. One of the sisters is killed and the other tries to figure out who the murderer is but its clear theres a lot of secrets that are keeping the mystery from unfolding. I do wish that the closeness of the sisters was demonstrated a bit better seeing as theirs was the central relationship of the story. I loved the secondary characters and I thought the writi *arc provided by netgalley*This was actually... surprisingly good. It's a comic that follows a circus show, and specifically a pair of sisters. One of the sisters is killed and the other tries to figure out who the murderer is but its clear theres a lot of secrets that are keeping the mystery from unfolding. I do wish that the closeness of the sisters was demonstrated a bit better seeing as theirs was the central relationship of the story. I loved the secondary characters and I thought the writing was really good. The art is very child like (i don't mean that in a bad way), and whimsical, and engaging. I especially love how lots of the lady characters were not very thin! I would definitely read volume 2 just because theres so much going on at the end?!?! and the murder isn't solved yet sooooooo i wanna know whodunnit.
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  • Renee Baines
    January 1, 1970
    I found this to be quirky, funny and entertaining. It is unlike anything I have read before. Set in a circus - not your typical circus where there are people who are unique and a murder occurred. I am looking foward to reading voume 2 to see where it goes as this volume finished on a cliffhanger that left me wanting more.
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