Review: The Backstagers #1 by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh


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James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredible yet earnest story about finding a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast.

When Jory transfers to the private, all-boys school St. Genesius, he figures joining the stage crew would involve a lot of just fetching props and getting splinters. To his pleasant surprise, he discovers there’s a door backstage that leads to different worlds, and all of the stagehands know about it! All the world’s a stage…but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic!

Rating: 5 Stars

This was far funnier than I imagined it would be when I first imagined the description.

The story starts with Jory who is faced with an admittedly unenviable task: he has to find some kind of club to join at his new school. Drama club seems easy enough, except that it’s headed by two twins that are, shall we say, a bit full of themselves? Being sent on an errand by them, however, is the best thing that could happen to Jory because it leads him to the Backstagers.

He discovers that not only are they a pretty cool group of people, ranging from a handsome & flirtatious handyman, a somewhat power mad electrician, and a younger boy whose purpose isn’t quite clear yet, plus the “sensible” one in the group, but that their backstage area contains a door to alternate worlds that only they know about.

Since this is only issue one there’s not much revealed at this point. We get brief intros to the main cast, but it’s more than enough to get a feel for them and keep me interested. We also get a glimpse of one of the alternate worlds that is now home to some odd little creatures. Are they dangerous? Who knows, but they sure are hella adorable!

The art is a huge asset here. It somewhat reminded me of the style seen in the Steven Universe show, especially when focused on the youngest member of the Backstagers. It flows nicely with the craziness of the story and I imagine that it will go well once the Drama Club and the Backstagers actually get around to putting on a play. I can’t wait to get to issue #2!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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