The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1
When Charlie transfers to the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, she struggles to find her feet, but winds up exactly where she belongs...in the school’s (terrible) basketball team.As a transfer student to the Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, former sports star Charlie is struggling to find her classes, her dorm, and her place amongst a student body full of artists who seem to know exactly where they’re going. When the school’s barely-a-basketball-team unexpectedly attempts to recruit her, Charlie’s adamant that she’s left that life behind…until she’s won over by the charming team captain, Liv, and the ragtag crew she’s managed to assemble. And while Charlie may have left cut-throat competition in in the dust, sinking these hoops may be exactly what she needs to see the person she truly wants to be. From Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl) and artist Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer, Goldie Vance) comes an ensemble comedy series that understands that it’s the person you are off the court that matters most.

The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 Details

TitleThe Avant-Guards, Vol. 1
Author
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherBOOM! Box
ISBN-139781684153671
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, LGBT, Comics, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports, GLBT, Queer, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction, Romance

The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was SO MUCH FUN! I absolutely loved the characters and I cannot wait to read more of their story. My only complaint is that I wish this had been longer! Not a ton happened in this first bind up and I NEED MOOOOOORE
  • ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
    January 1, 1970
    [ e-ARC received from NetGalley ]Wait! That’s it?! OH. MY. GOSHHHHH. You can’t end like this. I want to know more now. ㅠ—ㅠ By the way, this book is AMAZING and AWESOME !!!Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios so much for providing this book to me to read. 🏀
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  • Jay G
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*Charlie transfers to Georgia O'Keefe College of Arts and subtle Dramatics, where she is approached by a ragtag group of girls to join their new basketball team. This was so much fun to read! I've been playing basketball for my entire life so I loved the focus on the team. The characters are amazing and I can' Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*Charlie transfers to Georgia O'Keefe College of Arts and subtle Dramatics, where she is approached by a ragtag group of girls to join their new basketball team. This was so much fun to read! I've been playing basketball for my entire life so I loved the focus on the team. The characters are amazing and I can't wait to learn more about them in future installments! I like that we actually got to know about each character and their unique personalities in their own panels! Charlie was a great main character, she was extremely moody and sarcastic and I loved every second of it. Liv, the team captain was adorably dorky. Ashley, the head coach was a lot of fun and I'm excited to see more of her joking personality in the future. Tiffany is a proud witch and I loved her so much. Nicole is the resident "bitch" of the team, but you know she is fiercely loyal to those she cares about. ALSO I LOVE THAT ONE IS NAMED JAY AND THEY LOVE PUPPIES BECAUSE HI THAT IS LITERALLY ME! The diversity in this was incredible. Each character had a different race, gender, body-type and style. There were different sexualities displayed and there was even inclusion of a non-binary character which I greatly appreciated! And puppies... there were puppies, so really... you can't go wrong.I loved the art style and colours they chose for this and the panel layouts were also strategically and artistically done. At one point, the panels created a basketball and I really appreciated the effort that was obviously put into this. I am beyond excited to see more from these characters!
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  • Schizanthus
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been hovering between ‘will I or won’t I?’ since I first saw this graphic novel listed on NetGalley. I loved the blurb but sports and I don’t mix so well, unless movie marathons or TV series hurdles somehow became Olympic events while I was busy binge watching. I saw some early reviews of this Volume that told me I didn’t have to adore basketball to fall in love with this story so I finally decided to give it a go and, great news! Those reviewers were right! You don’t need to know anything I’ve been hovering between ‘will I or won’t I?’ since I first saw this graphic novel listed on NetGalley. I loved the blurb but sports and I don’t mix so well, unless movie marathons or TV series hurdles somehow became Olympic events while I was busy binge watching. I saw some early reviews of this Volume that told me I didn’t have to adore basketball to fall in love with this story so I finally decided to give it a go and, great news! Those reviewers were right! You don’t need to know anything about basketball to appreciate this graphic novel.This is Charlie. She has recently transferred to Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics and is not interested in playing basketball, not even after meeting the rest of the potential team: Liv, Ashley, Tiffany, Nicole, and Jay. Liv is persistent though. She and the rest of the Avant-Guards wear Charlie down and she finally agrees to join the team, just in time for their first game. This story has great diversity, with POC, LGBTQIAP+ and mental health all represented, which I appreciated. Although basketball brings the characters together, the focus is on friendship and having fun.I loved Noah Hayes’ illustrations. They brought the personalities of each of the characters to life and drew me into the story. I don’t usually mention the colours used in graphic novels separately but I wanted to acknowledge Rebecca Nalty, who coloured this graphic novel, as it was the colours on this cover that initially caught my eye and made me want to read the blurb.I really like the entire team and want to get to know them all better. While it was Liv’s enthusiasm that hooked me initially, the positivity, diversity and snippets of banter between the friends were what made me want to join their team. I’ll definitely be continuing to read this series. I’m even looking forward to the potential romance, despite being a fairly staunch romantiphobe.Thank you so much to NetGalley and BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, for the opportunity to read this graphic novel. I’m rounding up from 4.5 stars.
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. This was a nice comic about a newly formed and diverse basketball team with a cute developing f/f romance. I really like the art and it made the story easy and relaxing to follow. There's also not a lot of basketball talk and the focus is more on the characters and friendships, at least so far, which I personally really liked (confession: I kind of...don't like basketball I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. This was a nice comic about a newly formed and diverse basketball team with a cute developing f/f romance. I really like the art and it made the story easy and relaxing to follow. There's also not a lot of basketball talk and the focus is more on the characters and friendships, at least so far, which I personally really liked (confession: I kind of...don't like basketball lmao).If I have the chance I'm going to check out the next volume whenever it comes out and if you like light-hearted queer comics that display a variety of genders, races and sexualities (and if you like sport comics) this is definitely something you need to check out!
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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    HELLO I'M LEA AND I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH A NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES!!!!This is such a fantastic graphic novel, featuring an amazing cast of diverse characters. We have several queer characters, one character uses they/them pronouns: There's also so many characters of colour.I am usually not one to go for stories about sports but the art just makes even that aspect so much fun for me! And honestly the goofy characters alone are just 100% worth it. Not only are they very diverse when it comes HELLO I'M LEA AND I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH A NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES!!!!This is such a fantastic graphic novel, featuring an amazing cast of diverse characters. We have several queer characters, one character uses they/them pronouns: There's also so many characters of colour.I am usually not one to go for stories about sports but the art just makes even that aspect so much fun for me! And honestly the goofy characters alone are just 100% worth it. Not only are they very diverse when it comes to marginalization, it's also such a diverse group of styles and personalities. It's always so fun to me to see a group of people hanging out together and bonding over a thing that you would normally not really expect.On top of all the good things, there is a f/f romance that is slooowly developing and I cannot wait to see where this goes in future installments.I just loved this so very much and I'd highly recommend it for fans of graphic novels like GIANT DAYS and LUMBERJANES. I see even more potential for where this is gonna go!♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ Instagram ♦I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this comic book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had been eyeing this comic book for a while and I was so happy to get the chance to review the bind-up first volume in advance.This was a very cute read. The artwork is very nice and I loved the palette of colors they used, it was such a nice choice. The story is funny and cute. This basketball team is composed by a group of weirdos, as Charlie says, but they’re definitely a lovely group o The ARC of this comic book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had been eyeing this comic book for a while and I was so happy to get the chance to review the bind-up first volume in advance.This was a very cute read. The artwork is very nice and I loved the palette of colors they used, it was such a nice choice. The story is funny and cute. This basketball team is composed by a group of weirdos, as Charlie says, but they’re definitely a lovely group of weirdos who deeply care for each other and who support one another. The representation in this comic book is everything we deserve and more, I was so happy to see that. My favourite parts were definitely the one where they all try to convince Charlie to join the Avant-Guards basketball team and also the one where they play against the team who had puppies at the game, they were adorable!When it comes out I’m surely going to check out the second volume.
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  • mahana (moved accounts)
    January 1, 1970
    representation: sapphic mc's, characters of colour, trans characterI requested this without knowing anything about it because I adored Carly Usdin's Heavy Vinyl, and this was no exception. The Avant-Guards follows Georgia, a transfer at the College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics after her basketball career wasn't successful. She struggles to fit in and find friends until she stumbles across their unfinished basketball team, and the captain, Liv, who's desperate for her to be part of the team. Gra representation: sapphic mc's, characters of colour, trans characterI requested this without knowing anything about it because I adored Carly Usdin's Heavy Vinyl, and this was no exception. The Avant-Guards follows Georgia, a transfer at the College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics after her basketball career wasn't successful. She struggles to fit in and find friends until she stumbles across their unfinished basketball team, and the captain, Liv, who's desperate for her to be part of the team. Graphic novel reviews are difficult because there isn't much to say about them. However, this is an adorable, quick read that anyone could fly through in a couple of hours. I loved the characters and their separate storylines, especially Liv and her bubbly personality. The art was stunning and I adored the unique pages that deviated from the typical page layout. For example, there was a collage of the characters interacting in the shape of a basketball and a creative two-page layout montage of them practising that was cute. I don't care much for sports or any jargon relating to that, so they're the main things I wasn't sold on throughout the graphic novel. Overall, I'd definitely revisit this in the future and I hope there are more volumes so we can further explore Liv and Georgia's relationship. ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    If I was a tween girl, I'd probably love this. Alas I'm not, and this just seemed boring and pointless. It's about some girls in college who start a basketball team. That's the whole extent of the story, or lack thereof. It reminded me of a sports manga, but without any of the drama. Received a review copy from Boom and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
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  • ngọc ♡
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL IS SO CUTE!!!Sorry for all the screaming, but!! The Avant-Guards really got me squealing and grinning with all the fluff!!! The story begins with Charlie Bravo, a former basketball star and transfer student at Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, as she tries to find her place in this new environment. During the student activities fair, she meets the Avant-Guards—the barely-formed basketball team lead by the charming Olivia “Liv” Bates—a 4/5 EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL IS SO CUTE!!!Sorry for all the screaming, but!! The Avant-Guards really got me squealing and grinning with all the fluff!!! The story begins with Charlie Bravo, a former basketball star and transfer student at Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, as she tries to find her place in this new environment. During the student activities fair, she meets the Avant-Guards—the barely-formed basketball team lead by the charming Olivia “Liv” Bates—and is invited to join the team. Troubled by her experience with her former team, Charlie hesitates to accept the offer. However, Liv believes Charlie is the missing piece to complete the team—quite literally, they need one more member to be allowed to compete—and with the help of the rest of the members, successfully convinces her to join.I had so much fun reading about these lovely characters and their shenanigans! They’re so relatable and hilarious. The story focuses on the friendship between the Avant-Guards and a budding romance between Charlie and Olivia, and it’s super sweet! I kept smiling from ear to ear the whole time! What I like best about the graphic novel is its casual diversity. As you can see on the cover, the main cast features mostly people of color. Among the main characters, there are sapphic, trans, and gender non-conforming characters. Their identity is a part of themselves, but it’s not the focus of their characterization and is introduced naturally throughout the story. In addition to Carly Usdin’s captivating story, the art is absolutely stunning. Noah Hayes’ art style is the perfect choice for this comic. It’s clean and cartoonish, and it adds so much life and character to the story. Rebecca Nalty’s coloring is gorgeous as well. The vibrant colors give the comic such a fun and energetic vibe.Overall, The Avant-Guards is a very solid graphic novel about queer college students living their messy college lives. I would definitely recommend it to everyone. If you're looking for a quick, fun and very gay read, make sure to check this one out!eARC provided by BOOM! Studios via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!BLOG | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK
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  • Kate (GirlReading)
    January 1, 1970
    This was EVERYTHING.It was funny and adorable, with gorgeous artwork, basketball, college life and a wonderfully diverse cast of characters I’m already obsessed with (rep wise, there are multiple queer characters, a budding f/f romance, multiple POC characters, a character who uses they/them pronouns and anxiety rep). Plus, there are SO MANY PUPPIES.I need volume two in my hands, like, yesterday.
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  • Anna Banana
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis was cute but felt kinda like a middle-grade/YA book when I was expecting something different since they're in college. I like all the rep though and the art is really pretty.
  • Ms. Arca
    January 1, 1970
    This is EVERYTHING. Everything I tell you. I need the entire series. Hilarious, relatable, relevant, sweet.. tons of fun. Love the diverse cast of characters .. love the jokes, the texting features, the internal monologues.. this is so perfectly done I honestly don’t have the words right now. It’s basketball! It’s art school! It’s super queer and fluid! It’s fun/funny n’ cute. Sigh. Also the MC is totally my mom. Spunky black girl with her own business card and rows of to do lists I stinkin love This is EVERYTHING. Everything I tell you. I need the entire series. Hilarious, relatable, relevant, sweet.. tons of fun. Love the diverse cast of characters .. love the jokes, the texting features, the internal monologues.. this is so perfectly done I honestly don’t have the words right now. It’s basketball! It’s art school! It’s super queer and fluid! It’s fun/funny n’ cute. Sigh. Also the MC is totally my mom. Spunky black girl with her own business card and rows of to do lists I stinkin love Olivia. I am buying this ASAP and everyone else should too! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Ugh, its so good. Just too short and I need the next one!! BRAVO to the team who worked on these!! (You’ll get my pun if you read these).
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARSDespite what I thought, this is NOT middle grade and not only focusing on sports. It's about team work and friends and finding "your people" and having fun. Most of the characters seem to be in the LGBTQ+ community, and one has the pronouns of They so I appreciated the diversity!It was a cute read too!
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided a review copy via Net Galley. All opinions are my own. I NEED MORE. REP: trans girl, non-binary, queer characters, POC, anxiety & panic attacks I was so invested in this story and the characters! What a great, diverse, queer story. I laughed so much during this and ah, I just loved it so much. It was so pure but also talked about mental health and break-ups. The illustrations were very colorful and detailed, I was fully immersed into the Avant-Guards world.
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  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    January 1, 1970
    A snappy and spunky sports graphic novel with lots of heart and basketball. What a cute way to spend a Saturday afternoon. :)
  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come. I read this super early, not sure why. This definitely has potential but I wasn't sold completely on some of the characters or story line.
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    January 1, 1970
    A sports comic? With lots and lots of queer people? And absolutely incredibly art? YES. THIS WAS AMAZING.
  • Ana // TheBooktarian
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Ben Ace
    January 1, 1970
    Content Warning : Panic attacks (discussions, no descriptions or portrayals)UGH, this was too short! And to leave off on a cliffhanger like that?! I'm almost sad I read it as an advance copy, because now I'll have to wait even longer. Almost.The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 alternatingly follows Charlie Bravo and Olivia "Liv" Bates as they form their college's first ever sports team. Liv is the brains and main motivation behind the cause, while Charlie, a brand new transfer student who's trying to esca Content Warning : Panic attacks (discussions, no descriptions or portrayals)UGH, this was too short! And to leave off on a cliffhanger like that?! I'm almost sad I read it as an advance copy, because now I'll have to wait even longer. Almost.The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 alternatingly follows Charlie Bravo and Olivia "Liv" Bates as they form their college's first ever sports team. Liv is the brains and main motivation behind the cause, while Charlie, a brand new transfer student who's trying to escape painful memories of her old college's basketball team, takes a bit of convincing before she joins.Overall, this is a great setup to what I think will continue developing into an amazing story. Each of the characters in our main crew have such distinct personalities that seem as if they would clash as a team. Yet, they work together in such an effective way that doesn't feel forced to pull this team together and play their first game. My Virgo self connected a lot to Liv. I love Charlie so much (and wow, was my guess that she's a Scorpio spot-on). Tiffany is hilarious and Nicole must be protected at all costs. But I also really have a soft spot for Jay, because oh my gosh, they're such a sweetheart, and I wish they had more lines.Honestly, I've never followed basketball or cared about it much, but this cast kept me engaged. So you definitely don't have to love or even know much about the sport to follow the story. It's about so much more than just them playing basketball. Yeah, that's the reason this group of six have come together. But there's already a lot of history between them, and you can tell they have so much more to make.I also want to make some notes on the representation in The Avant-Guards. There is a developing romance between Charlie and Liv. Unfortunately for Liv, there's some romantic history between her and Nicole, which she's struggling to get over. Another note on Nicole is that she's transgender, as is apparent by the trans flag hanging in her dorm room. Lastly, for queer rep, Jay uses they/them pronouns, although they never say exactly how they identify. Plus, as you can see from the cover, there is a lot of casual racial diversity in that it's shown pretty obviously, but it's never discussed at any length.I sincerely hope that if you're looking for a quick, graphic novel to read, you consider picking up The Avant-Guards! It was really an enjoyable book and a great start to the story! Support Me Elsewhere!
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    This comic just slam dunked my heart.(does that make sense, I don't know. But the point is, I LOVED IT)Charlie Bravo has just transferred to Georgia O'Keefe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics and while at the student activities fair, she bumps into Liv, an energetic student looking for someone to fill the last spot on her basketball team. Charlie seems perfect for the spot (and is kind of cute) according to Liv and she won't take no for an answer when striving to form the team she's always wan This comic just slam dunked my heart.(does that make sense, I don't know. But the point is, I LOVED IT)Charlie Bravo has just transferred to Georgia O'Keefe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics and while at the student activities fair, she bumps into Liv, an energetic student looking for someone to fill the last spot on her basketball team. Charlie seems perfect for the spot (and is kind of cute) according to Liv and she won't take no for an answer when striving to form the team she's always wanted. This comic was EVERYTHING I could have wanted. I love slice-of-life stories with an added bit of sports, especially basketball. Even as someone that does not give a shit about sport irl, it does something for me in books. I had read the first issue previous to this and have been looking forward to reading it since and also because Carly Usdin wrote it and I adored Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1. But this comic surpassed even my high expectations. Truthfully, this comic just gives me all the warm, fuzzy feelings. It reminds me a lot of Giant Days, Vol. 1 and Goldie Vance Vol. 1 as well so if you like those comics, you're going to LOVE this one. I promise. Boom Studios has been great with publishing comics with loads of diversity lately I have noticed and this one is no different with its queer characters and a non-binary character, which I don't see much representation of and was so thrilled to see it on page here. I don't know what more to say other than I just want to scream I love it to literally everyone and PLEASE pick it up once it hits shelves if you're looking for a cute, slice-of-life comic sure to give you the warm fuzzies! *thanks to Netgallery for providing me an ARC to review! all opinions are my own as always!*
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  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    January 1, 1970
    A group of weirdos forms a basketball team—the first ever NCAA Division IV League—comprised of girls from various arts schools, and tries to recruit Charlie into their midst.Oh be still my heart!This was damn adorable. So cute. Much queerness.Charlie was awesome (although I wished that the army-green jacket and dog tags had meant she was a recently discharged soldier—that would have added some much needed for me nuance because I want to see women vets in everything!). Heartbroken, suffering from A group of weirdos forms a basketball team—the first ever NCAA Division IV League—comprised of girls from various arts schools, and tries to recruit Charlie into their midst.Oh be still my heart!This was damn adorable. So cute. Much queerness.Charlie was awesome (although I wished that the army-green jacket and dog tags had meant she was a recently discharged soldier—that would have added some much needed for me nuance because I want to see women vets in everything!). Heartbroken, suffering from anxiety and struggling to get back on her feet after a brutal year at her old school, yet still hopeful for a second chance on the court. Even if she resists. A lot.Liv was hilarious. A hyper-active Type A driven to excel at everything and I loved her so much. She's that person who goes big or goes home. The grand gestures and everything were awesome and just so bubbly.Everyone else on the team was bursting with life, particularly as they stalked Charlie and tried to get her onto the team.I also loved that this is a graphic novel about women in college sports—queer women and women of color and women of varying religions—and how they come together and are truly nice when competing (although that halftime show was an adorably low blow).Fans of Check Please! are sure to enjoy this series, too!I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Susana
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.3.5 stars ⭐This book is about:Charlie who transfers to a new college and is convinced to join the school's (terrible) basketball team by the team captain Liv and the rest of her crew. Thorough it, she makes new friends and although she's decided to leave hardcore competition behind her back, Charlie realises that maybe going back to her passion is just what she needs.Pros:There is such a diverse cast of characters: ther ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.3.5 stars ⭐This book is about:Charlie who transfers to a new college and is convinced to join the school's (terrible) basketball team by the team captain Liv and the rest of her crew. Thorough it, she makes new friends and although she's decided to leave hardcore competition behind her back, Charlie realises that maybe going back to her passion is just what she needs.Pros:There is such a diverse cast of characters: there are individuals of different races, sexualities and a character who uses they/them pronouns.I particularly liked Olivia/Liv: she is funny and made me laugh a few times and I love how determined she is to convince Charlie to join her team.The artwork is also really pretty and reminded me of an old cartoon I used to watch when I was little.Cons:I would like to have had more background information on all of the characters, especially Charlie, because I feel that there is a lot we aren't told regarding her past experiences at her previous college.In addition, I believe that the storyline is really just starting, although that is probably due to the fact that it is a very short graphic novel and the first volume in a series.Final thoughts:Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 and, in my opinion, it has lots of potential so I can't wait to see what the authors do in the next volumes!
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  • Basma
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun, adorable and enjoyable read. I remember someone saying before that one of the reasons some adults are veering towards reading more young adult is because we did not have these kind of diverse and inclusive stories when we were younger and I couldn't agree more, specifically with comics like this. I loved it and I love that there are publishing houses now that offer spaces for more inclusive stories.This is a story about Charlie who transfers to a new school because she lost her s This was a fun, adorable and enjoyable read. I remember someone saying before that one of the reasons some adults are veering towards reading more young adult is because we did not have these kind of diverse and inclusive stories when we were younger and I couldn't agree more, specifically with comics like this. I loved it and I love that there are publishing houses now that offer spaces for more inclusive stories.This is a story about Charlie who transfers to a new school because she lost her sport scholarship due to anxiety and finds herself in a new space with new people and she is not someone who is quick to make friends. She bumps into someone who asks her to join the basketball team and the story takes off from there. She finds a space for herself, she finds new friends, a potential new girl crush and she finds she's able to get out of her comfort zone and the cause of her anxiety.This is just the first volume and you are left wanting more and I can't wait for more to come out. There's a lot of characters that we hear about and they're all interesting in their own way. It's just really cute.And as always, what's a comic review without mentioning the art because I loved it quite a lot. Beautiful character designs.(I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)
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  • cafeyre
    January 1, 1970
    Charlie is a transfer student in Georgia O'Keeffe College of Arts. During the first day, she meets a group of friends, which offers her to join their basketball team the Avant-Guards. As it is a school of art, they cannot find many people interested in it. Charlie had a bad experience with a team in her old school so she rejects their offer right away. However, Liv a girl who was a founder of the team doesn't give up and try to convince her by introducing her into the team. It didn't take them m Charlie is a transfer student in Georgia O'Keeffe College of Arts. During the first day, she meets a group of friends, which offers her to join their basketball team the Avant-Guards. As it is a school of art, they cannot find many people interested in it. Charlie had a bad experience with a team in her old school so she rejects their offer right away. However, Liv a girl who was a founder of the team doesn't give up and try to convince her by introducing her into the team. It didn't take them much time until she accepted the offer but also become one of them. An LGBT graphic book about friendship, love, and passion. I actually didn't know and notice the chemistry between the girls and I was nicely surprised me when it came out. Part I really like about this book is that all characters are very unique and different. The Avant-Guards is a nice fast reader to relax, laugh and run from reality. I can't wait to read a volume 2 and learn more about the characters of the book. I'd like to thank NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for sending me this ARC copy of the book.
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  • Kimberly (kimberly_reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Content warning: panic attacks (it’s mentioned that one of the characters has had them before!)Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for a honest review!I really enjoyed this! The characters were well written and it’s such a fun storyline that you can’t help but get sucked in. I know little to nothing about basketball and found this was easy to understand even with the amount of knowledge I have when it comes to the sport. However, that cliffhanger is something I wasn’t Content warning: panic attacks (it’s mentioned that one of the characters has had them before!)Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for a honest review!I really enjoyed this! The characters were well written and it’s such a fun storyline that you can’t help but get sucked in. I know little to nothing about basketball and found this was easy to understand even with the amount of knowledge I have when it comes to the sport. However, that cliffhanger is something I wasn’t prepared for and now I’m really curious to see how the story will continue on!
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  • Candace
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute, quick and fun read. Volume one of The Avant-Guards follows the story of a college basketball team starting an all-women basketball tournament. It has girl power, great humour, the art style was nice and the characters were cool, not cliché but very real.I don't have much else to say about this since it was such a short and quick read, but it was definitely enjoyable!
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  • lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    tw: mentions of anxiety and panic attacksomg i loved this so so so so much i need a volume 2 stat. i loved all the characters so much and i'm so weak for team sports dynamics!!!
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    "I sing like Beyoncé, party like Rihanna, ball like LeBron."This comic series is my new obsession. The Avant-Guards follows a girl named Charlie, who transfers colleges after losing her scholarship and is recruited at her new school to be part of their new basketball team. Charlie has a rocky history with basketball—particularly not connecting with her teammates and struggling with anxiety before matches. I'm looking forward to seeing how the series continues to explore balancing her passion for "I sing like Beyoncé, party like Rihanna, ball like LeBron."This comic series is my new obsession. The Avant-Guards follows a girl named Charlie, who transfers colleges after losing her scholarship and is recruited at her new school to be part of their new basketball team. Charlie has a rocky history with basketball—particularly not connecting with her teammates and struggling with anxiety before matches. I'm looking forward to seeing how the series continues to explore balancing her passion for the game with her mental health.Liv is the team captain and founder. I absolutely adored her. She's someone who gives everything in her life 110% and though her friends tease her for being a little over-the-top, it's clear they love her.In real life, I hate sports. But queer graphic novels about them are my jam (see: Check, Please and Fence ). Charlie and Liv make great foils for each other, and I'm excited to see their relationship develop. This book also gives us a glimpse of the other characters on the team and I can't wait to learn more about them—particularly Ashley (their coach) and Jay (who uses they pronouns and is too adorable for words). I'd even want to see the team they played against because they seemed so nice!I was instantly charmed by this book. The art is dynamic and colorful. The characters are endearing and the story pulled me in immediately. I'll be picking up the next volume and would recommend it for anyone looking for a fun and funny read about friendship, love, and basketball!
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  • The Nerd Daily
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Jayse SmithThere’s no way in hell I would usually pick up a book about basketball as I’d have to be among one of the most non-sporty, uncoordinated, clumsy people on the planet. Looking at the cover of The Avant-Guards, you may be thinking that this graphic novel is just that, all about basketball. It’s not. This story delves into heaps of issues and to be honest, the basketball is like background music, you hardly even know it’s there. The art, Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Jayse SmithThere’s no way in hell I would usually pick up a book about basketball as I’d have to be among one of the most non-sporty, uncoordinated, clumsy people on the planet. Looking at the cover of The Avant-Guards, you may be thinking that this graphic novel is just that, all about basketball. It’s not. This story delves into heaps of issues and to be honest, the basketball is like background music, you hardly even know it’s there. The art, the characters, and the heart in this makes The Avant-Guards a surprising read which you should pick up.When scrolling through a catalogue of graphic novels to review, this one immediately stood out as the cover is colourful and depicts a group of young people hanging out. The style of art used was really appealing to me as it was eye-catching, modern, and fresh. This style is used throughout the graphic novel and made for not only an interesting story but one which was visually appealing also.When Charlie arrives at the all-girls school, Georgia O’Keeffe of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, she’s not looking to make friends or join a group. The last thing she wants is to join another basketball team, but after meeting Liv, an aspiring actor and basketball nut, something in her begins to shift. Liv turns out to be very persistent and after finding out Charlie was a star player for her last school’s basketball team, she becomes determined that Charlie will join her merry gang of misfit players.Along the way we meet colourful, interesting, and unique characters which make this story charming and takes the focus off basketball. The relationships built within the story are just adorable and ones you the reader totally invest all your hopes and dreams into. The fact that this graphic novel has LGBTQIA+ characters as well as a non-binary character really adds to the overall vibe of the story.This book was so great and one which I hope to continue with. The art, the characters, and the heart makes this 100% worth picking up. I highly recommend taking a look and I know you won’t be disappointed.
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