Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes during a play? Do you think it involves a maze of doors leading to fantastic places and a paint of many colors? You do and you did?! Man, do I have a comic for you.
Let me introduce you to the world of The Backstagers Vol. 1 by James Tynion. When Jory transfers to an all-boys school he doesn't know what to do. Joining a club sounds like a way to make friends, but which club? Sports? No. Music? Eh. Drama sounds good, but the drama club and its star actors are, well, a bit dramatic. The stage crew though. That club is welcoming and friendly. And they just happen to have a magic door that leads to a maze of stage props beneath the school; complete with wonders and monsters! Jory may be in over his head, but he'll have fun.
This is Lumberjanes for theater geeks. It's funny and captures the magic of bringing a play to life while also showing the hard work the stage crew does. At the same time it's very surreal, and has the zaniness of a Doctor Who episode. The comic's colors are vibrant and pop off the page. Some of the panels were so pretty that I just wanted to stare at them. No matter the art work, you'll root for Jory as he finds his people in high school and gets into and out of trouble.