Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1

Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1

When Chris joins the staff at her local record store, she’s surprised to find out that her co-workers share a secret: they’re all members of a secret fight club that take on the patriarchy and fight crime!Starry-eyed Chris has just started the dream job every outcast kid in town wants: working at Vinyl Mayhem. It's as rad as she imagined; her boss is BOSS, her co-workers s...

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Title:Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1
Author:Carly Usdin
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Edition Language:English

Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Aleksandra

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH, PLEASE READ IT!

    is awesome comic about a vynil shop, where all the employees and the boss are ladies, who are also in secret fight vigilante club, set in 1990s, USA! It's lots of fun, it has great diversity and the main arc is about missing music bands.

    The main character is Chris, she's sixteen, she started working in the shop a month ago, she's crushing on her co-worker Maggie. It's very cute! Then the singer from Chris's favorite band goes missing and Chris disc

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH, PLEASE READ IT!

    is awesome comic about a vynil shop, where all the employees and the boss are ladies, who are also in secret fight vigilante club, set in 1990s, USA! It's lots of fun, it has great diversity and the main arc is about missing music bands.

    The main character is Chris, she's sixteen, she started working in the shop a month ago, she's crushing on her co-worker Maggie. It's very cute! Then the singer from Chris's favorite band goes missing and Chris discovers that her vinyl shop isn't what it seems!

    The supporting characters are great as well! And the story is diverse: three confirmed sapphic characters, Puerto Rican goth girl, Black kickass girl, two interracial relationships (m/f, f/f), Maggie has two dads. I love all these elements and how they are seamlessly added to the story, easy and realistic and there.

    The illustrations are so beautiful, the colors are bright and vibrant, the panels look pretty, I love characters' designs. But I admit I have a soft spot for Chris, who reminds me of a girl from Girls Like Girls by our queen Hayley Kiyoko.

    I hope there's more than these four issues!

    (To all my sapphic pals, you've got to read it!!!)

  • Sara➽[semi-hiatus] (Ink Is My Sword)

    :

    ✔ Puerto Rican girl

    ✔ African American girl

    ✔ f/f main couple

    ✔ 2 interracial couples

    ✔Girl with gay dads

    ✔ 2 f/f couples

    ✔ girl on girl crush heaven

    ✔ Music

    ✔ Humor

    ✔ Awesome art style

    ✔ Awesome Dialogues

    ✔ All girl fighting club

    ✔1990’s settin

    :

    ✔ Puerto Rican girl

    ✔ African American girl

    ✔ f/f main couple

    ✔ 2 interracial couples

    ✔Girl with gay dads

    ✔ 2 f/f couples

    ✔ girl on girl crush heaven

    ✔ Music

    ✔ Humor

    ✔ Awesome art style

    ✔ Awesome Dialogues

    ✔ All girl fighting club

    ✔1990’s setting

    Now let’s get into the review:

    First of all, this graphic novel smashed my most important required when it comes to comics,

    . I have read comic after comic, where sure the art is cool, but the storyline and dialogues don’t make sense at all. Well, this graphic novel is the complete opposite of that. Yes, it does have a weird-cool-absurd concept, but damn the dialogues were so well suited.

    .

    Second, we got a great, I really mean it, great cast of characters.

    . The storyline also helps to connect and let the reader create a bond with the characters, although I wish in next volumes we get more action. I guess that’s my only complain, I wanna presence more kick-ass scenes. But this lack of intense action didn’t make me love this any less, I guess my expectations were extremely low.

    Thirdly,

    . It was the cutest, and the slow build up had me pulling my hair out for Maggie to confirm she liked Chris. Small moments like taking the same shift than your crush, getting jealous of random dudes, and blushing all the goddamn time, was so relatable, so so so fucking relatable.

    Fourthly, this was so entertaining.

    . Okay, that’s like the 5th time I mention the dialogues, but serious kudos to the writer. It was addictive and fast-paced.

    Fifth,

    . I am so emotionally invested, and this concept has so much potential. I want more backstory and focus on storylines for all the characters. Literally, my life is in the line, I need more. I dumbly just wanna go an re-read this already.

    . It’s on hoopla. And please gush with me afterward. Who was your favorite character? I loved everyone to be honest.

    First, THIS COVER.

    Second, THE CONCEPT.

    Third.

  • ashley (saidthestory)

    I'm sad there isn't more to this story. (Yet!). I found the characters cute and dynamic, while also being easy to relate to. There wasn't too many tropes, and every time I thought there would be, the writers surprised me by NOT doing it.

    Overall it was a very fun read all about music and girl power and LGBT positivity. Highly Recommend!

  • Bookishrealm

    This was such a cute comic with badass females and LGBT representation. I absolutely loved it. I was amazed by the plot line and the character development. The story was so easy to follow and it definitely kept my attention the entire time. I LOVED it. I can't wait until the second volume is released and I get the opportunity to see where the story goes. This is also a comic that takes place during the 90s so there is a lot of pop culture references that I loved. If you haven't read this comic d

    This was such a cute comic with badass females and LGBT representation. I absolutely loved it. I was amazed by the plot line and the character development. The story was so easy to follow and it definitely kept my attention the entire time. I LOVED it. I can't wait until the second volume is released and I get the opportunity to see where the story goes. This is also a comic that takes place during the 90s so there is a lot of pop culture references that I loved. If you haven't read this comic definitely give it a try.

  • Chad

    I loved everything about this. It's Empire Records crossed with Scooby Doo (or maybe Buffy without the supernatural). Set in 1998, Chris is the new girl working at the local record store. When the lead singer of a rock band goes missing, her co-workers invite her to join a secret underground fight / detective club. Chris also has a crush on another girl at the record store but doesn't know how she feels. Usdin does a fantastic job of capturing that uncertainty of not knowing how a new infatuatio

    I loved everything about this. It's Empire Records crossed with Scooby Doo (or maybe Buffy without the supernatural). Set in 1998, Chris is the new girl working at the local record store. When the lead singer of a rock band goes missing, her co-workers invite her to join a secret underground fight / detective club. Chris also has a crush on another girl at the record store but doesn't know how she feels. Usdin does a fantastic job of capturing that uncertainty of not knowing how a new infatuation feels about you along with the uncertainty of even knowing if the person is gay or not, that feeling of is this person just being nice or are they into me as well?

    I also really liked how much Chris was into music. How when you are young music is so important to you. How exciting it is to go on this journey of sonic exploration to seek out all these hidden gems of bands you didn't even know existed. How your mind can just be blown away when you are introduced to a new band by a friend or mentor. How your life was turned on its ear by hearing a new band.

    Usdin may have tried a little too hard to hit all the politically correct notes. There's a ton of open same sex relationships and everyone seems to be OK with them which was certainly not the case in the 90's (It's not even the case now in large portions of the country, unfortunately.) This is very much a rose-colored glasses view of the 90's, and I'm OK with that. This is the kind of comic not only girls can get into, but it has enough heart, humor, and passion in it this forty-something man really dug it too.

  • anna (readingpeaches)

    it's so cute & fun &

    so effortlessly diverse!! two biracial couples one of which is sapphic! gay dads! another sapphic couple! black & puerto rican mcs!

  • Devann

    Cute art, cute story, cute girls [that have cute crushes on other cute girls], and awesome music - What's not to like? This is definitely a fun idea for a series and I can't wait for volume 2!

    Also I sent this page to my friend with the caption "i would be offended by the design of this girl asking where the new placebo album is if it wasn't so spot on" and she replied "lmao who let damien bloodmarch in here" so new headcanon accepted basically ;)

  • Gary

    I loved the concept but the execution left me wanting. It reads a little like a TV pilot; introducing lots of potentially interesting characters and ideas before running out of time to do much with them. The 90s setting also felt a little like a plot contrivance. I think the idea would work just as well in a contemporary setting.

    All that said, I'd totally read a second, more focused volume.

  • Sascha

    I was really excited for this and hadn't been able to grab a first issue so waited until the first volume was out. I ended up pretty disappointed. I think it comes down to me expecting too much out of Boom Box comics. They are aimed at a younger set, after all.

    This comic was marketed as a fluffy, lesbian-focused comic about a girl w/ a crush on another girl who works in the same record shop as her. I love music, and was looking forward to an all-female cast that also, presumably, loved music. Wh

    I was really excited for this and hadn't been able to grab a first issue so waited until the first volume was out. I ended up pretty disappointed. I think it comes down to me expecting too much out of Boom Box comics. They are aimed at a younger set, after all.

    This comic was marketed as a fluffy, lesbian-focused comic about a girl w/ a crush on another girl who works in the same record shop as her. I love music, and was looking forward to an all-female cast that also, presumably, loved music. What I got instead was a hollow love song to mainstream 90s music and barely-there characters. Any problems in communication are fixed within a page and then everyone is best friends again. It's ridiculous.

    There is a lot of gay representation in this, if you count representation as a quick panel or two showing a gay couple on-screen. There is no body diversity and no disabled characters in this comic. Homophobia apparently doesn't exist in this version of 1998.

    Look, I understand wanting to write a cute, fluffy gay story and not deal with the hard stuff like homophobia. Sometimes all I want is to read about something sweet and not be reminded that a large percentage of people hate me for being a lesbian. However, the gay rep in this felt more like exploiting diversity than actual gay representation. There is no kiss-on-the-lips between any two women. Not even when the main character gets w/ her crush. I wasn't even sure if they had gotten together, because in every YA love story, the relationship starts with a big, dramatic first kiss. These two girls did not get that. They get a very small panel where only one of them seems interested in kissing at all. Then, a time jump where they apparently have a few dates and I assume their relationship is explored some more.

    I know this review is jumping all over the place. My main point is that I feel like this comic was a waste of potential. If you're going to market your book as a YA lesbian love story, make the relationship and characters involved in said love story feel real. Also, let them have their big kiss and show us their relationship developing. Don't toss gay rep in willy-nilly and then spend more time showing the straight relationship than any of the gay ones. It feels cheap and I feel cheated after reading this comic.

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