The Altered History Of Willow Sparks is a YA fantasy comic by Tara O’connor and is recently published on March 6th, 2018 by Oni Press.
What happens when you can finally get everything you ever wanted?
Willow Sparks and her best friend Georgia Pratt are at the bottom of the social ladder at Twin Pines High School, just trying to get through each day relatively unscathed. But when Willow finds a mysterious book that allows her to literally change her life, it feels like her luck is finally turning. Becoming more and more popular with each entry into the book, her old life, including her friendship with Georgia, seems miles away. Yet as Willow will discover, every action has a reaction, and the future has unusual—even dangerous—ways of protecting itself.
This was really good but didn’t leave me with something to hold on forever. The art, though, along with the color pallete is absolutely amazing.
The story revolves around Willow, a high school girl, whose life is the epitome of regularity and like any other school student, the popularity is the unreachable, shiny little thing she wants her hands on. Then, one day in a library, she stumbles upon rows of books that carry people’s names on their spines and Willow reaches out for the one with her name. Here’s when the magical aspect of the story takes a front seat and Willow finds out the little trick that makes everything she wants come true through this book. As a result of the most essential law of magic, the consequence to this surfaces. The effect that the altering in the book caused, takes a figurative meaning and heightens the tension of the story.
The characters were fine. Willow acts like the school protagonist and her unprepared decisions definitely pave way to a lot of conflicts that helps the story going so there’s not much I can complaint from her. Then there’s her best friend, Georgia, who reminded me a lot of my best friend. She’s certainly smarter than Willow and doesn’t stay silent while her bestie’s going around making irrational decisions. She advises her but best friends usually fight before protecting the other so that’s exactly what happens in here.
In addition to the plot and characters, there are little instances and scenes that makes the book more demographically correct because a young adult definitely goes through quite some of the feels that Willow experiences. That made me like the book all the more because the magical aspect acts like a mere tool to show Willow’s story and doesn’t steal the spotlight from the high school teenager’s story that it actually is. Coming on to the art, it’s amazing. I loved the sketches and the color scheme that it followed with the blues and b&w. There isn’t something too over the top and I felt like the illustrations sat well with the story line’s mood. Overall, a pretty good comic, no doubt.
Tara is a cartoonist currently residing in the New Jersey wilderness. When she’s not drawing comics, she’s teaching them. She drinks way too much tea and coffee, and on any given day there’s a 90% chance that every meal she had was cereal. [Bio from Goodreads]
I received a digital copy of this via Netgalley but that in no way influences my rating and/or opinion about it. Thank you Tara O’Connor and Oni Press!