Clueless: Senior Year

Written: Amber Benson & Sarah Kuhn
Illustrated: Siobhan Keenan
Colored: Shan Murphy
Lettered: Jim Campbell
Cover: Natacha Bustos
Publisher: BOOM! Studios

We are introduced back into the high school years of Cher, Dionne, and Tai. Ms. Geist has tasked their class with deciding who or what they want to be by the end of their senior year, what do they plan on doing with their lives once high school is over. Cher struggles with who she is and what she wants to be; she tries to be what she feels her boyfriend Josh would want. With her identity crisis in full swing, she ends up alienating Josh and her best friends. Dionne has to make changes to how she views herself, is she a “Batman” or a “Robin”? Tai is torn between two worlds; take over on her great aunt’s farm or accept a full ride at an animation college. All three girls will make these decisions that will cement their friendship and keep a hold of who they are.

Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn did a lot of research in writing this. From the movie, music and the language used during that time, Benson and Kuhn are great with the story. It captures that last year before you have to become an adult; deciding what you are going to be and what to do with your life once you have choices. I am a HUGE fan of Clueless, I even watched the short lived television series (don’t judge me) and I have to say I didn’t quite feel the vibe in this story. I understand that they are older than in the movie, but it felt like it was missing that spark, the fun and free spirit in these characters. Don’t get me wrong, the story itself is great, but to mix it in a popular film feels forced.

Siobhan Keenan and Shan Murphy are the duos for illustration and coloring and they do a decent job here. The illustrations are a cross between simple drawings and anime/manga; some of their expression at times become a little anime when they are under stress. The coloring is simple and soft and has the look of colored pencils, which is a nice touch.

Overall, I was hoping for a little nostalgia with this comic but was a little disappointed. I will give it 2.5 stars.

You can find this comic and others are BOOM! Studios

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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