Nutmeg 1

Poppy Pepper just wants to survive junior high and avoid her rich rival, Saffron Longfellow, and her brownie-baking minions, The Lady Rangers. But when mysterious new girl Cassia Caraway arrives, she teams up with Poppy and together they plot to bring Saffron and crew down.

Oh, the joys of the ever dramatic times of being an adolescent and getting through school.  Dealing with cliques, losing and gaining friends, and just trying to make it to the next day.  All of this, along with some bakery plots are the just some of the ingredients making up the Nutmeg comic.  Intro pun free of charge.

Poppy is like most any young girl in junior high, doing her best to survive the jungle of junior high.  She just wants to stay under the radar, especially that of her former friend and now rival Saffron.  All this drastically changes when a new girl Cassia shows up and quickly becomes her friend.  Cassia is not about to take any shit from Saffron or her entourage, and crafts a plan involving brownies and revenge.

Girls are sugar and spice, and everything nice, and from the looks of it, so is Nutmeg’s artwork.  It’s got a cute, more cartoony feel to it and it really fits.  The colors are more toned down, almost like watercolors, but I thought they were still excellent.  I’ve also always been a fan of the lineart style used within, highlighting characters in a thicker outline.

For a story based on the lives of junior high girls, there is an intense going on just below the surface.  With the way the story opened showing us the potential end results of their actions, I’m certainly curious.  This might not be something everyone could get into, but I enjoyed the first issue and think it’s worth a shot.

For more information on Nutmeg or other Action Lab books, check out Action Lab.

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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