A Graphic Novel by Carbone & art by Hélène Canac
Rainbow Girls Volume 1 – Let’s Save Lulu! starts out as a mystery story then slowly turns into an origin story for a superhero team. When a young girl name Gwen realizes that her older sister has seemingly been kidnapped, it’s up to her friends and her sister’s pet rat to see what’s going on. Something happens that causes the girls to gain abilities that cannot be explained by modern science, and you start to see the spark of something much greater. This story would actually make a great kid’s TV show or something akin to the very much outdated reference I’m about to make – Totally Spies! It’s pretty action packed all things considered, and it would be interesting to see where the story goes seeing that this is just the beginning.
“When middle school friends Mel, Lisa, and Gwen, along with a pet rat named Razzie, go looking for Gwen’s missing older sister, they find themselves in a greenhouse with giant carnivorous plants, a mad scientist with an evil plan, menacing thugs, and… newly developed superpowers that they mysteriously develop just in time to save the day (and their own butts)!”
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this, as some European comics look kid friendly, but are actually subversive or for adults, but this one is definitely a kid’s book. While not being the target audience for this whatsoever, the story is fine and the art is top notch. This is definitely age appropriate for most children and would be a solid idea for something to get a kid reading. This is especially a great book for young girls as it has a strong all-female cast and handles superhero stories in such a way that even the youngest kids can enjoy them. This would be a great idea for a holiday or birthday gift.
NOTE: I received a free preliminary, and likely unedited copy of this book from Netgalley for the purposes of providing an honest, unbiased review of the material. Thank you to all involved.