Title: The Wendy Project
Author: Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish
Release Date: July 18
Publisher: Super Genius
Source: Papercutz on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
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16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy — a once rational teenager – shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is The Wendy Project merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds? (Source: Goodreads)
When Wendy’s little brother disappears following a car accident she sees him everywhere. No one will believe her when she says that Peter Pan took her little brother away so she sets out to prove her point. Together with her brother John she needs to figure out and come to terms with the loss of her little brother during the accident.
I really enjoyed this book. It combined Peter Pan (one of my favourite books) with drama, realism, and really excellent art by Veronica Fish who is one of my favourite artists working in comics right now. There was a good mix of drama and magic and beautiful art that really kept me engaged.
Wendy is seeing images from Peter Pan following the disappearance of her youngest brother and is unable to determine what is real and what is delusion. The set up keeps the reader from knowing what is real too which makes for an interesting read as you never know if the magic exists or not.
The art really adds to this magic/realism of the whole book as there are colours splashed in throughout the book (“astonishing splashes of colour” even). Veronica Fish continues to create some of the most interesting art in comics in my opinion and this book just highlights that fact.
I highly recommend this book, it’s a really interesting read and definitely great for fans of Peter Pan. Kind of reminded me of Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall.