Mike Carey, Louise Carey & Aaron Alexovich - Confessions of a Blabbermouth (3 stars)

(Minx)

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Confessions of a Blabbermouth

TEEN

Minx is a DC imprint, created as a way to entice teenage girls into graphic-novel reading, and while this may at first seem a little patronising, the genre is unfortunately still viewed by most as the preserve of speccy adolescent males. Confessions of a Blabbermouth (from father and daughter writing partnership Mike and Louise Carey) is one of the first of the Minx run, featuring strong female protagonists and some very modern issues.

It tells the tale of Tasha Flanagan, a smart and incredibly feisty 17-year-old trying to cope with problems at school and home as her single mother forces a string of new father figures into the teen’s life. The witty dialogue references everything from happy slapping and blogs to British Sea Power while the black and white artwork is sharp and explosive. Compelling and utterly heart-warming work.

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