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Check, Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (ARC Review)

Title: Check, Please!: #Hockey
Author: Ngozi Ukazu
Type: Fiction, Sequential Art, Graphic Novel
Genre: YA, LGBT, Sports
Publisher: First Second (Macmillan)
Published: September 18, 2018

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by Raincoast Books, in exchange for an honest review.

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

– My Review –

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My first reaction to this graphic novel, before opening it and reading the first page, was that I really liked the premise (Hello! Mega Yuri on Ice fan here … and this book was actually pitched to me from another Yuri on Ice fan … hence the Yuri on Ice POP Funkos! You can read my review for that anime here!) I wasn’t too sure about the art style, though. I tend to be very picky when it comes to art style in graphic novels, and find that my enjoyment of this medium very much depends on how I feel about the art. But, despite my hesitation regarding the particular artistic style displayed on the cover, I found that I really didn’t notice it once I started reading, and that it even grew on me after a few chapters! Now, I can’t picture this story being illustrated in any other way.

This graphic novel was so much fun to read! The very first section starts off with the main character, Bitty, sharing a vlog with his social media followers. Being quite active on social media myself, I already found myself connecting with Bitty from the very first page! When I was introduced to the other characters, I found myself liking a lot of them as well, and found that by the time I got to the last page of this book, I felt sad to be saying goodbye because I almost felt as if I’d experienced three years of university with them alongside Bitty! While I don’t know a lot about hockey, I feel like the author did a lot of research, and a lot of it felt genuine and like something that would happen in real life. There was also a lot of humour in Check, Please!: #Hockey, and I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit. Overall, I absolutely adored this graphic novel and highly recommend it whether you’re a fan of sports or not!

– About the Author –

 

Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of Check, Please!, an online graphic novel whose printing campaign remains the most funded webcomics Kickstarter ever. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in Computing and The Arts, and received a masters in Sequential Art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. You can read Check, Please! here on Tumblr.

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