Welcome to the weekend feature that stars Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga!
Nina is a girl in middle school with a little brother and a single mom who barely has enough time to spend with her. Put down at school by nasty cliques, Nina’s life is not much fun. All this changes when a magical fairy named Sybil turns up in Nina’s backpack! Sybil and Nina have a blast giving Nina’s tormentors a taste of their own medicine. There’s only one problem: demons from the magical world that Sybil comes from have followed her to our dimension, and they’re out to cause some damage of their own!
Nina seems to get into trouble a lot both at home and at school. One day a little fairy makes a home in her backpack and starts helping her with everything. This is the part that I felt was a bit weak – I didn’t like that she would clean things up for Nina and do her homework/give her answers. However, even though she did do these things for Nina, Nina would still get into trouble. So indeed there is still a lesson there. I wish there were more pages in the volume so they could have given you more of an idea about why Sybil is really with Nina. I didn’t like that you didn’t even get much of a clue to that piece at all. But there are more volumes to come! I enjoyed their escapades and the adorable artwork. I think little girls ages 7 to 12 will gobble this up.
Art – 5 stars – Adorable and cartoony with cutesy monsters – Love it!
Story – 2.5 stars
Overall – 3 stars – A cute cartoon art style with an interesting starter storyline that could have been a bit stronger
Nina loves having her backpack fairy Sybil around! Nina is the only person who can see or hear Sybil and the two have formed a special bond. But when Sybil unexpectedly disappears, a new fairy named Amanite shows up to take her place. Amanite brings Nina to a magical underwater world, where Nina is magically transformed into a tiny mermaid! But then thigns go horribly wrong when sea monsters decide that Nina look mighty delicious! Where’s Sybil when Nina really needs her?
Continuing Nina’s adventures in this magical world – she almost gets drowned by that evil girl Laurie in her class and that later gets tricked by this bad fairy Amanite into following her. Amanite turns her into a mermaid and trouble soon follows. I believe there is a theme here of contrary behavior. It’s common knowledge that you don’t say thank you to fairies…so Sybil is missing from the bulk of this volume because she broke that rule. Thankfully, we learn a few more clues as to why Sybil might be in Nina’s life. Also – there is a very entertaining little ongoing game of groaning dice being played by Sybil’s sidekick Pandigole, the sweet guzzling monster – I love how they start off each volume with it!
Art – 5 stars
Story– 3 stars
Overall – 3.5 stars – A good continuation – I’m still of the opinion more pages are needed for a beefier story.
Having a fairy friend can be fun, but it’s not easy. When Nina first met the fairy Sybil and her companion Pandigole, she had no idea the fate of the world would end up resting in her hands. After her defeat in SYBIL THE BACKPACK FAIRY #2, the black fairy Amanite has teamed up with the King of Evil, Aithor, planning to destroy the “trees of life” that are found throughout the world of the Fairies. If these trees are destroyed, not only will the fairy world fall, but the world of humans, as well. In response, the King and Queen of the fairies charge Sybil and Nina with the task of stopping Aithor and Amanite, as Nina gets closer to discovering the truth behind a mysterious prophecy that seems to foretell her future.
Something is brewing in fairyland and it seems Nina is the key to much of it. There is an evil army massing against them and still Sybil is doing Nina’s homework. I can’t say I condone what that message is saying. If we could skip the school portions entirely I would be so much happier with this comic. There was a lot of movement in this one volume alone towards finding out why Nina’s mom is a single mother, what really happened to Nina’s dad, and what involvement is expected of Nina from the fairies!
Art – 5 stars – Still as adorable as ever
Story – 3 stars – The fairy storyline has definitely improved.
Overall – 4 stars – Skip the school sections and this would be the strongest volume yet!
When Nina is assigned a history report, she and Sybil decide that the only proper way to research is to travel through time and see history for themselves! Though they have a great time meeting Ramses II, Leonardo da Vinci, and Napoleon, the evil fairy Amanite is observing from the sidelines. While Amanite schemes to turn their adventure against them, Nina and Sybil have to figure out a way to stop her . . . or risk being lost in time forever.
This volume is centered around school and homework. Argh – no wonder I had a hard time with the first 15 plus pages because I have never been a fan of when these two have been in the school environment together. Thankfully they quickly jaunt off on a time traveling adventure to learn Nina’s history lesson first hand from the famous people of the past. Once they start their travels hijinx and fun ensue and it is again a light and breezy read.
Art – 5 stars
Story– 3.5 stars – My request to the writers would be to skip the school bit all together!
Overall – 4 stars – This series isn’t very deep but is a bit of fun all the same.
Michel Rodrigue – Writer
Antonello Dalena & Manuela Razzi – Artists
Cecilia Giumento – Colorist