Release: September 11th 2018
Received: Advanced copy from author
Warnings: Sexual assault, horse death
I received a copy of Perdy while at BookCon. A review wasn’t required in exchange, but I am choosing to leave one.
I got a signed copy of Perdy while I was meandering BookCon a month ago. I saw the artwork, realized it was being given away for free, and knew I had to give it a try. Getting to meet the author and artist was that much more of a bonus for me.
When I got to the booth, Kickliy was happily sitting there, drawing in his books and chatting with the people lined up and patiently waiting. He was really funny and charismatic, and seemed genuinely interested in what we thought about the graphic novel once we had a chance to read it. Overall he was a really fun person to meet, and I’m glad I took the time out of my busy day to meet him.
Warnings first: (I can’t emphasize it enough that this is a spoiler warning) the main character assaults and then drags a male character up to her room, followed by banging noises. While it isn’t immediately obvious if she’s attacking him or something worse, it soon becomes clear that she had sexually assaulted him. None of the other characters really react to this, and the character it happened to seemed more confused than anything, but that doesn’t change what actually happened here. You can see the scene coming from a mile away, and thus can easily skip it if you need to. The other warning is smaller for some people; Perdy literally rides a horse to death. It’s early on, and it’s actually kind of brutal and sad by how quickly it gets brushed aside. I know I’m pretty sensitive to this sort of thing though, so take that comment with a grain of salt.
Naturally, after having an interaction like that, I was really looking forward to reading Perdy and I genuinely hoped that I would end up loving it. I did find it to be a decent read, though sadly I can’t pretend that it’ll make it into my top ten list.
One of the things Kickliy asked, while handing out the books, was for our (meaning ladies) input on how he did for writing a female perspective. It’s sort of hard to respond to that, because the main character isn’t a typical female, so to speak. She’s abrasive and stubborn and a little bit crass, but that doesn’t actually remove her identity as a woman. It was more like there were little bits that felt off; the way she focused on certain things or handled different situations, that didn’t feel quite sincere. And in many ways Perdy, while being amazingly headstrong, was still designed for the male gaze. Now I honestly don’t really mind that, being a comic reader I’ve gotten quite used to it, and normally I wouldn’t even bother commenting on it. But Kickliy did mention sincere curiously on the matter, so I’m giving an honest answer.
There were a lot of funny points to this series, like the entire town’s obsession with Perdy’s daughter, and little things like that. I do love a series that can make me laugh, so I appreciate that! I almost wish we saw more of the daughter, as there’s a lot of potential character development there. Maybe in the next volume?
I’m curious to see what Perdy is hoping to achieve – some sort of grand heist if I had to guess, but I don’t know what her long term plan or goal is, and that’s gotten me pretty curious about what she’s been holding back from us. I’m looking forward to seeing the character development in the following volumes.