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Penny Palabras, 17, has experienced the paranormal for years. She knows that things aren't always what they seem. She's tormented by a malevolent entity called the Straw Man. As she searches for ways to banish him from her life, she's haunted by more than ghosts. Her nightmares won't let her sleep, her friends and family can't understand, and the Straw Man is getting more Penny Palabras, 17, has experienced the paranormal for years. She knows that things aren't always what they seem. She's tormented by a malevolent entity called the Straw Man. As she searches for ways to banish him from her life, she's haunted by more than ghosts. Her nightmares won't let her sleep, her friends and family can't understand, and the Straw Man is getting more powerful every day. This Season One volume collects episodes 1-6 of Penny Palabras as well as the kickstarter funded addition of the "Lucas" segue and additional developmental artwork. The episodes are (minor plot spoilers follow): 01 - The Spectacular Revolver. Penny begins her narrative, introducing us to her world. We learn about the Straw Man, meet the Pawn Broker and the Librarian, and Penny acquires the Spectacular Revolver. 02 - The Devil's Weight. Penny is visited by a surprise guest when she least expects it. She learns more about ghosts and getting rid of straw men. 03 - The Detachment Bell. Penny's friend Stevan brings her an artifact that she'll later find useful. 04 - Disappearing Acts - Penny gets expelled from school and we see what it's like to be tormented by the Straw Man. Penny realizes that there is only one way to protect her family and friends from him - by leaving. 05 - A Gun In Act One - Penny makes some discoveries that lead her to her father and has another run-in with the Straw Man. She finds out more about the librarian and herself as a result of his attack. Segue - Lucas. Backed by a Kickstarter supporter of the project, this segue chronicles Penny's quest to find the summoning spell that she uses in the beginning of the next episode. 06 - Love Letters - The season one story arc concludes as Penny resorts to extremes, allowing the Tiger Devil and his associate to help her bind the Straw Man and send her home.


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Penny Palabras, 17, has experienced the paranormal for years. She knows that things aren't always what they seem. She's tormented by a malevolent entity called the Straw Man. As she searches for ways to banish him from her life, she's haunted by more than ghosts. Her nightmares won't let her sleep, her friends and family can't understand, and the Straw Man is getting more Penny Palabras, 17, has experienced the paranormal for years. She knows that things aren't always what they seem. She's tormented by a malevolent entity called the Straw Man. As she searches for ways to banish him from her life, she's haunted by more than ghosts. Her nightmares won't let her sleep, her friends and family can't understand, and the Straw Man is getting more powerful every day. This Season One volume collects episodes 1-6 of Penny Palabras as well as the kickstarter funded addition of the "Lucas" segue and additional developmental artwork. The episodes are (minor plot spoilers follow): 01 - The Spectacular Revolver. Penny begins her narrative, introducing us to her world. We learn about the Straw Man, meet the Pawn Broker and the Librarian, and Penny acquires the Spectacular Revolver. 02 - The Devil's Weight. Penny is visited by a surprise guest when she least expects it. She learns more about ghosts and getting rid of straw men. 03 - The Detachment Bell. Penny's friend Stevan brings her an artifact that she'll later find useful. 04 - Disappearing Acts - Penny gets expelled from school and we see what it's like to be tormented by the Straw Man. Penny realizes that there is only one way to protect her family and friends from him - by leaving. 05 - A Gun In Act One - Penny makes some discoveries that lead her to her father and has another run-in with the Straw Man. She finds out more about the librarian and herself as a result of his attack. Segue - Lucas. Backed by a Kickstarter supporter of the project, this segue chronicles Penny's quest to find the summoning spell that she uses in the beginning of the next episode. 06 - Love Letters - The season one story arc concludes as Penny resorts to extremes, allowing the Tiger Devil and his associate to help her bind the Straw Man and send her home.

30 review for Penny Palabras Season One: It's Later Than You Think (TPB)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Crommich

    This comic follows an unsettled girl being tormented by the Straw Man, a nightmarish creature that’s slowly working to drive her insane and eat her soul. The only friend she has is a peculiar librarian, and Penny’s world is a hostile place full of ghosts, mysteries, and despair. It’s an interesting premise for a comic, but it doesn’t live up to its full potential. The presentation of the setting, the absence of useful information, and Penny’s constant introspection prevented the comic from drawi This comic follows an unsettled girl being tormented by the Straw Man, a nightmarish creature that’s slowly working to drive her insane and eat her soul. The only friend she has is a peculiar librarian, and Penny’s world is a hostile place full of ghosts, mysteries, and despair. It’s an interesting premise for a comic, but it doesn’t live up to its full potential. The presentation of the setting, the absence of useful information, and Penny’s constant introspection prevented the comic from drawing me into its world. The themes and the set up intrigued me, and I think the artist did a fantastic job drawing up monsters that communicated an entire personality just in the way they looked. The first episode drew me in, and I was primed to enjoy a disturbing mystery. I think there’s a lot of potential here, and both the writer and artist demonstrated that they have a good idea of how to put together a comic. That said, the issues mentioned above held me back from really enjoying myself. The problem with the presentation of the setting is that the reader never sees how the world could be. There’s no glimpse of an ideal world, not prelude in which Penny has a normal life. From the get go, everything is strange, off. But, it’s only strange in the context of the world we live in compared to that of the comic. Without any contrast in the comic itself, everything that happens seems to be part of the natural order of things. When the entire world is strange and appears to have always been that way, it quickly becomes a new normal and prevents anything from standing out. I think the comic would have been much better served if the first episode was in color, in a normal world we’re accustomed to. A chance for the reader to see Penny happy, to bask in banality. Sharp lines in the art, where everything is clear and defined, where it has its place. Then, the Straw Man could have appeared, the colors shifted to black and white, and the blurry art style could have replaced clean lines. Without any of this, with the strange world rapidly becoming normal to the reader, a lot of the tension and horror gets sapped out of the comic. There’s no fear of the unknown and very little tension. That leaves the comic grey and dreary, rather than unsettling. The second issue with the comic is that it gives the reader almost no helpful information about the world and how it works. Penny offers a morsel here and there, but for the most part the reader just has to accept the world as strange on its face. There are plenty of mysteries kicking around, but not much way for the reader to start figuring them out. The world seemed rich and full of interesting tidbits, but I never felt like I could really get my hands on any of them. I think my biggest problem was the fact that everything in the world simply is, and there’s very little why given. The Straw Man is after Penny. Why? Because he is. Penny can see ghosts. Why? Because she can. I could go on, but you get the point. There are some explanations, but they’re usually delivered as lectures, such as the one concerning how time works for ghosts. Additionally, when the comic does present a mystery and then explain it later, the explanation is usually anticlimactic or unsatisfactory. The reason Penny’s father is a broken drunk, the reason the library catches on fire, the librarian’s identity, none of these had a resolution that really struck me. Penny herself is an introspective person, so most of the dialogue in the comic is her thinking to herself. It really doesn’t work for me. In a comic I look to the art, and what the characters say and do, more than what they think, to communicate the story to me. A navel-gazing loner just doesn’t make for engaging reading in this particular medium. I felt this entire thing would have worked better as a short story than it did as a comic, at least in the way the writer presented it to me. In the end, I felt like I was following a drifter in a strange world. There were some nice postcards, but nothing there that made me want to return. It’s a shame, because the artwork set the tone quite well, and the story itself had a lot of potential. And to be clear, this comic certainly wasn’t bad. Even though it didn’t engage me, it also didn’t bore me. I really do think it has potential to become something unsettling. The first scene with a devil in it was the best in the entire season, so I know the writer and artist have the talent to pull it off. But as it stands right now, I give it a 3/5.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Richardson

    I was given an advanced copy by the author, and boy was I the lucky one! The artwork matches the storyline perfectly and this is one scary read. This is the story of a young girl who sees ghosts and has a boogieman named the Strawman destroying the lives around her. Her task is to change all that and she sets out to do just that. Atmospheric at it's best with a story that builds on you until you have to remind yourself to breathe! This is a real spook of a narrative that you will not soon forget. I was given an advanced copy by the author, and boy was I the lucky one! The artwork matches the storyline perfectly and this is one scary read. This is the story of a young girl who sees ghosts and has a boogieman named the Strawman destroying the lives around her. Her task is to change all that and she sets out to do just that. Atmospheric at it's best with a story that builds on you until you have to remind yourself to breathe! This is a real spook of a narrative that you will not soon forget. Dark Horse Comics is in my hometown and every time I go by the Predator statue in the window I am creeped out. James B. Willard and Patrick K. Beavers did the same thing with this issue. Independent writer and artist: a great team. Can't wait for the next one!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I received a free PDF version of this for an honest review. The storyline is interesting and complicated at the same time. The artwork perfectly matches the tone the author sets with his writing and the feel of the story. This first season launches the comic well with an introduction to characters and different aspects of the world, while keeping options open for the future of the story. I would definitely recommend this story to others. I'm also interested in the reading the next portion of it. I received a free PDF version of this for an honest review. The storyline is interesting and complicated at the same time. The artwork perfectly matches the tone the author sets with his writing and the feel of the story. This first season launches the comic well with an introduction to characters and different aspects of the world, while keeping options open for the future of the story. I would definitely recommend this story to others. I'm also interested in the reading the next portion of it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Addison

    I got this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. AND DO YOU KNOW HOW GREAT IT FEELS TO READ AN ARC THAT DOESN'T MAKE ME WANT TO LAY ON RAILROAD TRACKS? Penny Palabras can see ghosts, but right now they're the least of her worries. She's being followed by a Straw Man that speaks in cryptic rhymes and clearly means her a great deal of harm. All she wants is to get rid of him but as most things are, this is easier said than done. She teams up with the ghost of a librar I got this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. AND DO YOU KNOW HOW GREAT IT FEELS TO READ AN ARC THAT DOESN'T MAKE ME WANT TO LAY ON RAILROAD TRACKS? Penny Palabras can see ghosts, but right now they're the least of her worries. She's being followed by a Straw Man that speaks in cryptic rhymes and clearly means her a great deal of harm. All she wants is to get rid of him but as most things are, this is easier said than done. She teams up with the ghost of a librarian, a mysterious pawnbroker and a devil to try to rid herself of the Straw Man and the nightmares he brings. Let's break it down! The Story. The story is really interesting and draws you in almost instantly, but I found it weak in a few parts. Horror graphic novels usually walk a fine line between "actually enjoyable horror" and "GRIMDARK EDGY SHENANIGANS". Thankfully, this story actually falls into the category of enjoyable, instead of eye-rolling. I believe the problems come not from a boring plot or unlikeable characters, but from the fact this is volume one and therefore a lot of the details and story lines haven't had a chance to pay off yet, so it feels like several cliffhangers rolled into one. I also found the introduction of time travel in what seemed like your average paranormal story to be jarring, but I'm interested in seeing where it goes and how it pays off in future chapters. All in all, the story is enjoyable and attempts something new so it's a nice change of pace from blah-blah-blah-ghosts. The Characters. I like Penny. Really, I enjoy any female character who works towards solving her problems without constant whining. Penny is in a shitty situation and she still tries to solve her problems without endangering others or whinging. Do you know how nice it is to read a teenager focused horror without whinging? Bonus points: there's no inane teenage romance! Hooray. The other characters? THEY'RE OKAY, I GUESS. I feel like in this stage of the game, a lot of the characters are satellite characters; they exist to orbit around Penny and help progress the story. I have high hopes for the librarian after the reveal in the final chapter, but everyone else is just kind of there to help Penny whenever it becomes necessary. The Art. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART. I have a weakness for black and white drawings and heavy lines and art that manages to portray dread without SPELLING IT OUT like I'm an idiot who is incapable of understanding anything without giant neon signs and let me tell you: this graphic novel delivers in all aspects. The art is heavy and dark without being annoying. It manages to compliment the story and set the tone without becoming obnoxious or giving the sense of trying too hard to be super spooky. My only complaint is that the actual lettering is too heavy, which made some of the dialogue hard to read but I'm willing to squint my ass through a few lines if that's the price to pay for the art style. Did I mention I loved the art? I fucking loved the art. In Conclusion: Penny Palabras may have a few slight flaws, but it's still a fantastic story I'd happily recommend to anyone who enjoy horror or graphic novels without hesitation. The only real downside is now I have to wait to find out what happens in season 2.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janice Cartagena

    5 STARS PEOPLE! <3 James Willard gave me a PDF version of this graphic novel for a honest review. Grab your self a beverage it's going to be a long one. Let's start off with the cover of the graphic novel. The cover is beautiful and genius knowing that the straw man is apart of Penny. Meaning that he is always around and I feel as though he is a huge part of her character. The graphics and work is absolutely beautiful I give it 5 stars! Some drawings or most of the drawings for that matter are so 5 STARS PEOPLE! <3 James Willard gave me a PDF version of this graphic novel for a honest review. Grab your self a beverage it's going to be a long one. Let's start off with the cover of the graphic novel. The cover is beautiful and genius knowing that the straw man is apart of Penny. Meaning that he is always around and I feel as though he is a huge part of her character. The graphics and work is absolutely beautiful I give it 5 stars! Some drawings or most of the drawings for that matter are so detailed, and I felt like I was watching a movie, or apart of the story as I was reading it. I felt like I was actually in Penny's life; I felt like I was her guardian angel so to say. The story overall all is amazing. It grabbed me instantly. Like literally the first bubble I read I was so into it. I literally finished this story in an hour and 45 minutes non stop. No coffee break. I was intrigued as I was reading this story. The overall story is interesting and fun to read. It's a vivid story, It's an adventure, and it has so much to it. From the nightmares, to ghosts, and freaky things going on it's just so stunning. The way that the straw man is developed is brilliance. He's not only a nightmare, but almost like a demon following Penny around in my opinion. And I think that It's great how we as the readers are able to actually get to know Penny as an overall character. We get to see her struggles and how she became the way that she is. And even her family. She's a quiet kid, but yet she has this adventurous side. I can almost relate to her in some ways. And I love that I can relate to her character. She's a strong female character and she doesn't take anyone's crap. She kicks ass! :) I love her! The character's are captivating and they keep my wanting to know more and more about them overall other than Penny. And I love how we got to see and learn more about the librarian and all the twist and turns in the story line. Each character that I've gotten to know so far is distinct and has their own individual personality. And I love that about the story. Going on to the plot. The plot of the story goes from Penny talking about something happening in the news, and other events taking place. I'm trying my best to not spoil in this review, but I will say that there is time travel. Problems or issues that I had. The only issue I really had was how some words were hard to read. Just very little due to the size. Maybe I need glasses, but that was my only problem, but when I focused I was able to make out the words. I recommend this story to everyone! it's a great read and I promise you that you will skim through it, just like I did. Thank you so much James for messaging me and sending me the PDF version of this graphic novel. I'm so buying this book! I'm in love <3

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received a free ecopy of this graphic novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Penny can see the paranormal, which most cannot, and she knows that most things are not what they seem. She is currently tormented by a malevolent creature called the Straw Man and she desperately needs to figure out how to stop him from doing any more damage. As he continues to gain power while she looks for a solution, she starts seeing more and more ghosts, her nightmares won't let her sleep, her fa I received a free ecopy of this graphic novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Penny can see the paranormal, which most cannot, and she knows that most things are not what they seem. She is currently tormented by a malevolent creature called the Straw Man and she desperately needs to figure out how to stop him from doing any more damage. As he continues to gain power while she looks for a solution, she starts seeing more and more ghosts, her nightmares won't let her sleep, her family and friends can't understand, and demons come to call. Season One includes the first six episodes plus a short segue. This graphic novel is definitely worth the read if you enjoy urban-fantasy with a noir undertone. I really like the art throughout and how Penny is drawn made me think of Ellen Page. By the way, Season One also includes developmental concept art which was interesting to compare to the final designs. As a Doctor Who fan, I also couldn't help but hear the Doctor's wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey speech from Blink while the Librarian was attempting to explain the time (and other things) she has left to Penny. When it came to the Librarian, I also couldn't help but think of Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As for the spectacular revolver, I couldn't help but think of the Colt from Supernatural. These shows are some of my all-time favorites, so I was pleased to be able to connect to them through this graphic novel. I usually like being successfully dropped right smack dab in the middle of the action, but here I felt like I was missing just a little too much. This is the only reason I'm dropping the rating down to four stars rather than five. Overall, I really enjoyed the paranormal adventures of Penny Palabras and I can't wait to see what will happen next!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cornerofmadness

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I got this graphic novel from the author in exchange for a review, which in no way influenced my review. I hadn't heard of this one until I saw it listed in the GR giveaways. It is always nice to see a female lead character, the titular Penny Palabras who is a senior in high school which is the least of her problems. She lives with Mom. Dad is absent (we learn more of his story later on). Penny can see ghosts but that's still not her problem. She is being stalked, for a lack of a better term, by I got this graphic novel from the author in exchange for a review, which in no way influenced my review. I hadn't heard of this one until I saw it listed in the GR giveaways. It is always nice to see a female lead character, the titular Penny Palabras who is a senior in high school which is the least of her problems. She lives with Mom. Dad is absent (we learn more of his story later on). Penny can see ghosts but that's still not her problem. She is being stalked, for a lack of a better term, by the Straw Man. He plays pranks and haunts her dreams.She wants to kill him off. She spends most of her time in the library getting help from the Librarian with metaphysics, parapsychology, etc etc. The Librarian takes it one step further, helping her find other people with ties to the paranormal. The straw man however is difficult to shake and worse, a devil has offered his help but as you can imagine that would not come cheap. I liked this story a lot. The world building and what is really going on is revealed in layers, like peeling an onion. Penny, sad and flawed as she is, is an engaging character, far too young to be dealing with such things, like finding a ghost to help her (which she does). the story weaves in things with her family, especially her father, completing the arc in a satisfactory way (though this is just part one). I really liked the storyline. The art varied for me. I like the stark black and white treatment. However, some of the proportions seemed off. It is not a pretty art style (years of reading manga has spoiled me. The style reminds me of DC Vertigo's line). I did have occasional trouble reading the font (but that might have just been me). The one thing I could have asked for more is more menance from the straw man. Penny was very obviously terrified of him but we do't get to learn much about his 'pranks.' I would have liked to.

  8. 4 out of 5

    sixthreezy

    I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a review. The book starts out with a word from both the writer and illustrator. It explains where they are coming from, and why they created the book together. This does give the book some of its power, because it's a great independent comic that shows a lot of promise. What I loved about the book was the artwork. Patrick K. Beavers does a phenomenal black and white job with a story that needs the treatment. His vision of the Straw Man I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a review. The book starts out with a word from both the writer and illustrator. It explains where they are coming from, and why they created the book together. This does give the book some of its power, because it's a great independent comic that shows a lot of promise. What I loved about the book was the artwork. Patrick K. Beavers does a phenomenal black and white job with a story that needs the treatment. His vision of the Straw Man was pretty terrifying on a couple of the pages, and the Tiger Devil was really cool looking too. All in all, the book was very well envisioned from the author's words. The twist in the fifth issue was also probably my favorite part of the book, as it really puts everything before it together. I did find the book a little hard to follow at times. While you're reading there is a LOT of back and forth between spoken word and Penny's thoughts. Her thoughts are frequent and the driving force behind the main plot of the story. I found the story a lot easier to grasp and get into when following Penny, but her interactions with some of the characters were out of place for me. Nothing detrimental to the book, I just feel that it is worth mentioning. The book is made through a lot of hard work by the author James B. Willard and the illustrator Patrick K. Beavers, and as they explain in the beginning of the book, Penny is a character they identified with and felt her story had to be told. They both possess the vision to tell Ms. Palabras' story, and with a little polish this book could be even better than it was. I hope to see another volume of the book, as the ending leaves Penny in the hands of yet another awesomely creepy character.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Plaguedoctor

    I received a PDF version of Penny Palabras from the author in exchange for an honest review. (Could have possible and unintentional spoilers) This is a very interesting and intriguing series that I really loved. The series start was a little abrupt and takes you straight into the action and conflict centered around the main character Penny Palabras. However, I don't feel like that interfered with the story at all, I liked it going straight to the action instead of sitting through a background sto I received a PDF version of Penny Palabras from the author in exchange for an honest review. (Could have possible and unintentional spoilers) This is a very interesting and intriguing series that I really loved. The series start was a little abrupt and takes you straight into the action and conflict centered around the main character Penny Palabras. However, I don't feel like that interfered with the story at all, I liked it going straight to the action instead of sitting through a background story. That may upset some people who like background or world building, but it didn't bother me at all. Any back story that could be given would be irrelevant to the story, all you need to know is that she can see ghosts and is being harassed by a boogieman like creature called the Strawman and is trying to figure out why he tortures her and tried to find a way to get rid of him. This is all explained very clearly in the beginning pages. The storyline has a way of drawing you in and wanting to read more. The characters however, I couldn't help but feel like they were a little flat and could use some more personality, however, they are still interesting and likeable characters none the less. The art work done by the artist is lovely. It has a bit of a simplistic style, but it still looks nicely done, with various tones of shading that just gives it this dark and creepy look that I really liked. All in all this was a very good read and I highly recommend it to people who like creepy and horror like stories. I also recommend this to anyone in general to pick up and read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Yaritza

    Won this book from GoodReads. This graphic novel was nicely written. Love the artwork that was done for this book. I feel horrible for Penny. It's such a freak twisting novel. Really wasn't expecting what was unraveled in the last few chapters. I could relate to Penny because I myself have nightmares most nights. I have some really twisted weird dreams. This book reminds me of bullying. Since the Straw Man and the tiger devil won't leave her alone. They are willing to help only if you do somethi Won this book from GoodReads. This graphic novel was nicely written. Love the artwork that was done for this book. I feel horrible for Penny. It's such a freak twisting novel. Really wasn't expecting what was unraveled in the last few chapters. I could relate to Penny because I myself have nightmares most nights. I have some really twisted weird dreams. This book reminds me of bullying. Since the Straw Man and the tiger devil won't leave her alone. They are willing to help only if you do something for them which is definitely not something that you would normally do. It's great that they started the book with the cast of characters and there picture so you would now who the character is. The way I interpret this book is a teenager who is been haunted by some evil spirits and is looking for a way put. No one can help her but the spirit of the Librarian who knows what she is going through. I can't wait to read the rest of the novels.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I really enjoyed this graphic novel! The art was different, interesting and it fit the story line very well. The characters were introduced nicely and I got to know them quickly and easily. The story kept my interest the entire time. There was always something happening and always had the 'what is going to happen next?' question. Once I started reading I couldn't stop, the story flowed so well and it was always attention grabbing that I finished it in one sitting. It's not very long but it is go I really enjoyed this graphic novel! The art was different, interesting and it fit the story line very well. The characters were introduced nicely and I got to know them quickly and easily. The story kept my interest the entire time. There was always something happening and always had the 'what is going to happen next?' question. Once I started reading I couldn't stop, the story flowed so well and it was always attention grabbing that I finished it in one sitting. It's not very long but it is good. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I had a hard time reading the font a few times. And the 'devil' character wasn't explained well enough in my opinion. It just kind of popped in there and I didn't fully understand it's purpose. The story ended great and it seemed like there was an open ending hopefully for a second one! I'd really like to see more of this story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amberle Husbands

    I thought this comic struck just the right amount of dark, and told a really unique and compelling story. I never did get used to just how fatalistic and morose Penny is -- not that anyone wouldn't be, in her situation. But she seems so accepting and well-adjusted to the horror of her life that, while reading it, I sometimes lost track of just how strange and terrifying the events were. I absolutely loved the cast of creeps, though; these monsters and demons were some of the most genuinely frigh I thought this comic struck just the right amount of dark, and told a really unique and compelling story. I never did get used to just how fatalistic and morose Penny is -- not that anyone wouldn't be, in her situation. But she seems so accepting and well-adjusted to the horror of her life that, while reading it, I sometimes lost track of just how strange and terrifying the events were. I absolutely loved the cast of creeps, though; these monsters and demons were some of the most genuinely frightening that I've come across in a while. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this comic -- which I was given a free copy of in exchange for an honest review. Five stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    *Disclosure I got this book for free* While the art is a little rough I think it really feeds into the character of the story. In some places though the text can be a little hard to read. Moving on. I am going to seek out the next book because I do REALLY want to know what is going to happen. This season wraps up an arc, but leaves the greater mysteries to still be solves. It took me a little bit to be fully engaged, but once I was I was invested in the main character.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    Intriguing storyline, unique artwork, compelling characters. The perfect beginning to a new comic series. We get the first few steps into Penny's bizarre world before season one comes to a close, leaving you wondering what's going to happen. This is definitely a story to keep your eye on. Who will she run into next, where will this story eventually take Penny? More please. Intriguing storyline, unique artwork, compelling characters. The perfect beginning to a new comic series. We get the first few steps into Penny's bizarre world before season one comes to a close, leaving you wondering what's going to happen. This is definitely a story to keep your eye on. Who will she run into next, where will this story eventually take Penny? More please.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Strange and wonderful. I hope to find out more about Penny and her Strawman in the future.

  16. 4 out of 5

    A. Stranger

    "You don't have to see ghosts to be haunted." This, I believe, is a main theme of Penny Palabras, Season One. What I would say about the comic is that it is kind of like a good steak sizzling on the grill... it gets you salivating without offering ultimate fulfillment or closure. I mean this in a good way because, as a serialized story, the reader is left wanting more. The book can be read in one sitting.This is also a good sign; even if it takes a couple of hours to read, the writing and exciting "You don't have to see ghosts to be haunted." This, I believe, is a main theme of Penny Palabras, Season One. What I would say about the comic is that it is kind of like a good steak sizzling on the grill... it gets you salivating without offering ultimate fulfillment or closure. I mean this in a good way because, as a serialized story, the reader is left wanting more. The book can be read in one sitting.This is also a good sign; even if it takes a couple of hours to read, the writing and exciting artwork carries you along until, before you know it, you have read the whole thing. The artwork alone could draw you into the story, although, at times, the whites could be a little undefined and blobby. However, most of the characters were truly either sympathetically drawn or else scary, more of a shadowy idea than a clear, sharp reality.The old lady was particularly creepy. I am excited to see more of Penny... I am curious if the underlying psychological resonance of these monsters and spirits will be explored more deeply; they seem to come out of nowhere and, yet, don't all monsters come from within? I think readers have been given a taste of this idea as we see a little of Penny's own darkness coming out when she is faced with impossible choices.I loved the theme of the character knowing what will happen and being powerless to change it ( but if you do change the future, what other jagged path will you be thrown down?) Also, I can't wait to see more of Lucas and the two devils, cute kitties and fearsome dogs. And what's up with Stephen? He seems somewhat ominous to me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Mary

    I was lucky enough to win this on the Goodreads first reads. This is a really excellent graphic novel. It was very entertaining. First, I would like to say that the story is well developed. The art in the graphic novel is also amazing. The two elements were so perfectly matched that this graphic novel will be enjoyed by many. Penny Palabras is a teenage girl that is faced with her future. She is fighting her demons. The story is very relatable. Everyone goes through a point where they are faced w I was lucky enough to win this on the Goodreads first reads. This is a really excellent graphic novel. It was very entertaining. First, I would like to say that the story is well developed. The art in the graphic novel is also amazing. The two elements were so perfectly matched that this graphic novel will be enjoyed by many. Penny Palabras is a teenage girl that is faced with her future. She is fighting her demons. The story is very relatable. Everyone goes through a point where they are faced with demons and have to make decisions that they know will affect themselves later. The story was just kind of perfect because everyone has nightmares and moments that Penny metaphorically experiences in this book. I personally thought this book was extra great because when I was a teenage girl I had nightmares and problems sleeping. My mother was sick with cancer and I was fighting my own personal demons at that time. I ended up feeling like a loner at school. It was boring because it was so easy and I missed so many days I got kicked out. When I read the novel I felt like the author wrote this book about me. It made me feel like my reality wasn't as crazy as I once thought it was. I really enjoyed this book and even if you didn't have this same experience it is a great read. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading all of James B. Willards works.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paula Mckinley

    ** spoiler alert ** I got this graphic novel from the author in exchange for a review, which in no way influenced my review. So I want to note first that I did not get the entire comic just good chucks of it. It's a great read first off, a perfect creepy factor, as well as a good glance of horror and story line. Penny is a very interesting protagonist, and the other characters are flawed. For those who are fans of gritty comics this is right up your alley. I read this at night and immediately ha ** spoiler alert ** I got this graphic novel from the author in exchange for a review, which in no way influenced my review. So I want to note first that I did not get the entire comic just good chucks of it. It's a great read first off, a perfect creepy factor, as well as a good glance of horror and story line. Penny is a very interesting protagonist, and the other characters are flawed. For those who are fans of gritty comics this is right up your alley. I read this at night and immediately had to turn on the lights to finish it. This is a good read thought one thing I want to highlight this is not for young readers. Older YA, yes, with a clear understanding that this is fiction. Otherwise it's a very enjoyable spooky read. The one critique is the lack of variety in font style. Although I do like the 'hand written' looking script it could be used more judiciously. With different fonts being used to set different tones throughout the graphic novel.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Traa

    The first season of this series was over too soon! The art style is unique: a bit rough at times but that only adds to the power of the artist's style, especially in some of the darker scenes. I read this graphic novel because I liked the premise of a girl dealing with an unwanted connection to the spirit world. With only a few main characters, Penny's story is deep and personal. The devils and the Straw Man are each deliciously creepy in their own way (I hope to see more of them in season two), The first season of this series was over too soon! The art style is unique: a bit rough at times but that only adds to the power of the artist's style, especially in some of the darker scenes. I read this graphic novel because I liked the premise of a girl dealing with an unwanted connection to the spirit world. With only a few main characters, Penny's story is deep and personal. The devils and the Straw Man are each deliciously creepy in their own way (I hope to see more of them in season two), and the last few panels certainly have me hooked for the continuation! I received a free digital copy from the author.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angelica Dimeo

    I received a free e book copy from the author for a honest review. Penny is a girl haunted by the straw man who pulls pranks , now she must find a way to stop him. Penny can also see ghosts of the recently departed. I really enjoyed the illustrations and the plot was like a maze I could not predict what would happen. I also liked that it was a dark story with a little hope mixed in. I would recommend this graphic novel for 16+ due to some dark points it might scare a younger child. Thanks for the opp I received a free e book copy from the author for a honest review. Penny is a girl haunted by the straw man who pulls pranks , now she must find a way to stop him. Penny can also see ghosts of the recently departed. I really enjoyed the illustrations and the plot was like a maze I could not predict what would happen. I also liked that it was a dark story with a little hope mixed in. I would recommend this graphic novel for 16+ due to some dark points it might scare a younger child. Thanks for the opportunity.

  21. 4 out of 5

    xXQueenofHeartsXx

    I loved the comic, and I love the plot and the characters. The comic also in black and white which makes it look spooky and gloomy. The story about penny who see's ghost and is tormented by straw man who's likes to play pranks. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. I loved the comic, and I love the plot and the characters. The comic also in black and white which makes it look spooky and gloomy. The story about penny who see's ghost and is tormented by straw man who's likes to play pranks. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Silver

    im going to start by saying this was awesome the pictures were great im just say sad that it wasnt longer but i loved the plot of the story i couldnt stop reading it once i got started and i loved reading storys like that its just to bad it wasnt much more longer would have loved to see what happens next.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vykki

    This was my first graphic novel and I must say I really enjoy it. I won this on Goodreads. Thank you

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jana Denardo

    An interesting dark graphic novel. I liked it very much. Penny is a good character.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daryl

    A Goodreads First Reads giveaway! This graphic novel is a perfect example of why I love comics. If someone had told me about the story (if it were written in prose), I'd probably be reluctant to read it, but as a graphic novel, I readily jumped right in. Sadly, the further I read, the less I liked it and less interested I became in what was happening. The art, in black and white with gray tones, is perfectly serviceable and appropriate to the story. I see potential in the art, and think Patrick B A Goodreads First Reads giveaway! This graphic novel is a perfect example of why I love comics. If someone had told me about the story (if it were written in prose), I'd probably be reluctant to read it, but as a graphic novel, I readily jumped right in. Sadly, the further I read, the less I liked it and less interested I became in what was happening. The art, in black and white with gray tones, is perfectly serviceable and appropriate to the story. I see potential in the art, and think Patrick Beavers could have a future career in comics. Unfortunately, the story didn't hold my interest. It started out interesting enough, but then seemed to wander off and never really went anywhere. Willard has created an odd world with some odd characters (and a fair amount of mystic mumbo-jumbo), but doesn't really explain anything fully. I felt like I was missing some information or needed background. Characters show up without apparent purpose and then quickly disappear. The "segue" section with Lucas made little sense unless it was meant to set up something to come later. When Penny's friend Stevan shows up at the end of episode 2/beginning of episode 3, I thought he might play a role in the story, but his only purpose seems to be to give Penny a magical item (which itself finds its way out of the story without really adding anything). I felt that the author lacked focus, as though he didn't know where the story was headed at any given moment.

  26. 4 out of 5

    K.M. Gaeng

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ben Herr

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  30. 5 out of 5

    Roy Huff

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