Review: Henni by Miss Lasko-Gross

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Title: Henni
Author: Miss Lasko-Gross
Publisher: Z2 Comics
Publication Date: January 20th 2015
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 168 pages
Source: eARC from the Publisher via NetGalley

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In a fantastical world where old traditions and religion dominate every aspect of life, lives a girl named Henni. Unlike most in her village, Henni questions and wonders what the world is like as she comes of age. Striking out on her own, Henni goes out in search of truth, adventure, and more!

Written and drawn by Miss Lasko-Gross (A Mess of Everything and Escape From Special), Henni is a commentary on religion, coming of age and being yourself.

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A cat-like girl named Henni lives in a society where a false religion and old tradition dominate everyone. With Henni’s curiosity, as she grows up, she tends to question everything around her whether if it is right or wrong. And aparrently finds herself looking for answers.

I easily find myself liking Henni, for she is a very bold and witty character who didn’t let her surrounding controls her life. And has a great determination in seeking the truth. The Disruptor is also a lovable character who owns a true heart of an artist. Because he never stops doing what he loves despite the fact that both of his eyes are removed and the city that continuously ruins all his works.

Miss Lasko-Gross addresses many issues in this story: the old traditions, religion, gender inequality, and the caste system-like society. Where Miss still able to carry out the issues cleverly till the end of the story. A simple story yet holds a strong message.

Henni ends in an abrupt way but I’d love to see if there’s going to be a next installation. The story obviously targets the younger audiences but teenagers alike will also find this good. Recommended!

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