Title: Camp Midnight
Author: Jason Adam Katzenstein
Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror, Childrens.
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 12th May 2016
Summery: Reluctant Skye is accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp. Not wanting to please her “step monster,” Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. That won’t be a problem, as everyone at Camp Midnight-with the exception of fellow camper and fast-friend Mia-is a full-fledged monster!
Camp Midnight is the story of Skye who gets sent off to summer camp when her step mother can’t deal with having her around. Little does Skye know that the camp comes alive at night with monsters, or the other camp goers! Skye doesn’t fit in with the others when they turn from their human form to their monster form and makes friends with Mia, another girl who feels very left out in camp.
I was sent Camp Midnight for review ahead of its release in May and I’m very happy I got the chance to read this graphic novel early! The first thing I want to mention is the incredible artwork that goes with the story. It’s very sketchy and cartoony and at first I wasn’t took sure if I’d enjoy the style. However once you got more in to the story the artwork seemed to fit perfectly! The main colour of the images changed depending what situation and room the characters were in and it just was a pleasure visually.
The story itself had an interesting concept and was actually quite enjoyable. Whereas I think it’s for a younger audience, I definitely enjoyed it as a whole. It felt like there was an ongoing theme of acceptance and that was refreshing to read in such a short graphic novel! It definitely would be a great read for a young teenage audience and a great way to introduce people in to the world of graphic novels!
The writing was okay, you can’t really complain about the way it was written because of the whole younger audience aspect. It was simple sentences, more so than any other graphic novels I’ve read. Once you got a little in to Camp Midnight you forgot about the way it was written so much and focused on the very unique story.
Overall, Camp Midnight was a great story to read, quick paced and enjoyable. You couldn’t help falling in love with some of the characters. It would be really nice to see a companion novel of Skye returning to camp the next year to see all her friends and how things have changed. I think Camp Midnight will be a huge graphic novel in 2016 so make sure you keep your eyes out for it!