Autumnn is here, the nights are drawing in and the books in my tbr pile start to lean towards the darker side. Just the right time then for Sweeney Boo's sumptuous graphic novel. Over My Dead Body is set in and around the Younwity Hidden Institute of Witchcraft (think of it as a girls only Hogwarts - it even has a forbidden forest). The prologue is dark and sets the scene nicely and then we get into the story proper (with added character introduction panels - which was helpful). Our lead character is Abigail (Abby) and she is the mentor for Noreen. But Noreen hasn't been seen since yesterday. . .
The school is getting ready for the Samhain Celebrations and nobody seems to be bothered about finding Noreen (the general response is 'the coven will find her) so Abby decides to take responsibility herself and head off into the Forbidden Forest to find her friend. Maybe not such a good idea as the disappearance mirrors one from years ago when a girl went missing - and there might just have been a demon involved!!! But hey, these books would be boring if the protagonists just did the sensible thing.
The story, as you would expect, has mysteries, scrapes and narrow escapes galore and was great fun (almost Scooby Doo like at times but that's not a bad thing). Where this book really stands out though, and what will probably keep me coming back every Halloween season, is the artwork. Boo has provided us with gorgeous illustrations and the paper quality is top notch. If you love your comics and you love your witchy tales you are going to love this book.
Over My Dead Body is published by Titan Nova and is available to buy now.