Written & Illustrated: Katie O’Neil
Designed: Hillary Thompson
Published: Oni Press Publication
Lana is a young girl on a visit with her father to see her Aunt Mae. Mae lives on a cove by the sea, Mae is also the sister of Lana’s late mother. Lana and her father are there to help may clean up the cove after a storm hit the waterside town. While cleaning a part of the cove, she finds a strange creature in the water pool which she puts it in a jar to take care of it. Lana doesn’t realize that this creature belongs to the mythic Aquicorn Reef. Lana finds out where this creature comes from and how this creature and its civilization is tied to Mae’s cove town. This starts the story of the Aquicorn and a story of how the coral reef is connected to humans on land and the creatures of the sea.
First off, I am a big fan of Katy O’Neill’s artwork and storytelling. It is beautifully illustrated and written by her. I was first introduced to O’Neill’s work with The Tea Dragon Society and fell in love with the story and the artwork. This whole graphic novel consists of light pastels, almost in a watercolor art. O’Neill uses her colors masterfully; a lot of blues, light pinks and purples to show how beautiful the water in a coral reef is, she also uses more warm colors like red tones or orange tones when we’re back on the land.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed The Tea Dragon Society I didn’t enjoy this story as much. But, it does have a great lesson on how the coral reefs are dying and how the little things that humans can do can save it from complete ruin.
Even though this is not The Tea Dragon Society, Aquicorn Cove is still a very good story on how we should, as a community, can help each other and how we should treat each other as well. I’m gonna give it 4 stars.
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