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(Comic) Book Thoughts: Heavy Vinyl – Riot on the Radio (Usdin/Vakueva/Flores/Nalty)

Usdin, Vakueva, Flores, Nalty - Heavy Vinyl #1 Riot on the Radio


Title: Riot on the Radio (Heavy Vinyl #1)
Author: Carly Usdin (story)
Artwork: Nina Vakueva / Nina Vankueva / Rebecca Nalty
Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel   Pages: 112
First published: 2018
Edition: Paperback, published by Boom! Box in 2018

New Jersey, 1998. Chris has just started the teen dream job: working at Vinyl Mayhem, the local record store. She’s prepared to deal with anything—misogynistic metalheads, grunge wannabes, even a crush on her wicked cute co-worker, Maggie. But when the staff’s favorite singer mysteriously vanishes the night before her band’s show in town, Chris finds out her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl… her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club!


I bought this comic on a whim, but I am glad I did. It was so much fun!

IMG_20200529_100251It’s definitely a girl power kind of comic with badass queer girls and cute relationships. It is aimed at teens and it is simply so much fun. Oh, and you can never go wrong with recordshop based fun in my eyes!

I love the artwork, it’s cute and colourful. The story is light and fun, but it does give a big fat wink to what I sometimes feel is going on in the music industry.

In the beginning I felt the plot was moving a bit jerky. It was a bit stop/start, but towards the middle it seemed to find its groove and I really enjoyed it.

I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend this if you like fun lighthearted comics with queer badass teenage girls leading the way. I will be picking up the second volume at some point for sure.

5 out of 7 stars


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