Snotgirl #2 Review

Written by: Bryan Lee O’Malley

Art by: Leslie Hung & Mickey Quinn

Publisher: Image Comics

Of all the possible directions the cliffhanger at the end of Snotgirl #1 could have gone, this is the one I expected the least. And by “the least,” I actually mean that I didn’t expect it at all. I know that this whole thing is kind of abrupt, but I’m still processing the turn of events in this issue. Despite being a little bit shocked, I’m actually totally onboard with the direction Bryan Lee O’Malley is going. It hints at there being more to this story than there initially appeared, so by the end of this issue, I’m even more excited about this series than I was at the end of the last one.

Despite the plot swerving in an interesting way this issue, the characters are still what make this book. None of them are super likable, and yet, they’re all pretty easy to relate to. Lottie and the people surrounding her take everything about internet culture I don’t like, and blow that way out of proportion. That’s not a set up for a book I would actively want to read, but O’Malley does manage to humanize the characters. They’re definitely caricatures, but it’s easy to see bits and pieces of myself and people I know in some of them, which I guess is what makes them so engaging to read.

It certainly helps that O’Malley seems to be making a point here. There’s depth to Lottie, and he’s certainly left the door open for character progression. Between her and the book’s supporting cast, Snotgirl has certainly been an interesting critique of modern internet culture thus far. It’s handled subtly – O’Malley clearly doesn’t feel the need to beat the reader over the head with it. But the subtexts are clear. I’m enjoying that element of the book quite a book, though I would like to see it come to the forefront a little bit more.

For as much as I’m enjoying the work Leslie Hung and Mickey Quinn are doing on art, it’s still super weird to read a Bryan Lee O’Malley book that he’s not illustrating. It definitely has a lot of the characteristics of his other work, so the visual style being this different takes a little getting used to. Regardless, I do think the art team is doing excellent work. The visuals are striking, especially when presented in concert with Lottie’s nicknames for the other characters. The art also gives a sense liveliness to the book, as Hung captures every intricate movement of the characters exceptionally well.

So yeah, despite not really liking any of the characters, I’m really enjoying my time with Snotgirl. The character study and social commentary elements are what defines the book, but it’s whimsical nature is what keeps me interested. I’m really looking forward to more of this book, even more so than I was at the end of the first issue.