Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Re-Gifters by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew & Marc Hempel

Boys can really sock it to you when you have a crush on them or when facing them in a hapkido competition. Of course, the matter seems far worse when the boy you are crushing on is your hapkido opponent. Jen Dik Seong, aka Dixie, is a Korean-American high school girl living in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. Her “spiky” personality, as described by her BFF Avril, leaves something to be desired, so she manifests her frustration with the ancient martial art of hapkido. Dixie is one of the best students at her dojang, but her “ki”, or harmonious essence, is thrown off by a crush on a fellow teammate, the hot, blonde Adam. How can she possibly concentrate on hapkido, school, or anything, when her affection is unrequited?

In order to catch Adam’s attention Dixie blows her savings on his birthday present instead of paying for her entry fee for the national tournament. Naturally, trouble ensues. As the title suggests, Dixie’s gift goes on quite a gift-giving adventure. Dixie goes on quite roller coaster ride, herself, as she tries to win a boy’s affection and the hapkido tournament. Things don’t turn out as Dixie planned, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. At least she found her “ki.”

Re-Gifters is one of the strongest books published by the short-lived Minx Comics, which was a division of DC Comics. It was the first graphic novel imprint designed specifically for teen girls. Other books from Minx Comics include: Token by Alisa Kwitney & Joelle Jones, The Plain Janes and Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg, and Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim & Jesse Hamm. These titles are currently available at Moore Memorial Public Library.

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