August 13, 2018

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This Looks Good: Sarah Graley Resurrects Kim Reaper in Vampire Island


The first Kim Reaper series (review here) was one of my favorite comics of 2017, and I'm super-excited to see there's a sequel coming on September 5th from Oni Press. For those who don't know, the premise is that Kim is a young, broke college student who gets a job as a part-time Grim Reaper. Small stuff, like your aging cat. She's stalked by a classmate, Becka, who finds Kim's life both appealing and horrifying. The whole thing is incredibly, amazingly cute, and I loved every minute of it.

Now we find Kim and Becka trying to make things work. From the press release:
Your favorite gothic cutie is back for more hilarious adventures! Oni Press is excited to announce that Sarah Graley’s beloved characters are hitting shelves once more in Kim Reaper: Vampire Island, the second installment of the Kim Reaper series. It launches September 5, 2018, with an issue #1 alternate cover by the talented Katy Farina (Steven Universe).
Kim and Becka are back and dealing with the troubles of supernatural dating inKim Reaper: Vampire Island! College relationships are tough for everyone, but they're EXTRA hard for Kim. Her grumpy grim reaper bosses are always mad at her, her girlfriend Becka's roommate keeps hanging around, and now everybody is super into vampires for some reason! And she accidentally let slip that she knew about an island full of them?! Oops, better pack up your scythe—we're all going on a really weird date!
I can't wait to see what happens when Becka over-reacts again, given the trouble she caused for Kim last time around. This series, which takes normal romantic issues (roommates, jobs, enthusiasm) and ramps them up to 11, is just so much fun and I can't recommend it highly enough.

Here's a few images from the first issue of the Vampire Island:



So adorable! So pink and purple! So going straight to the top of my reading list just after Labor Day! Make sure you get this set on your own pull lists right away. You'll be glad you did. Trust me.

Km Reaper: Vampire Island #1 will be available from Oni Press on September 5th, 2018.