ARC Review: Cellies, Vol. 1 by Joe Flood & Davis Stuart II

Cellies, Vol. 1Cellies, Vol. 1 by Joe Flood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever had to wake up and go to a dead-end job? The clerks of America’s fourth most-trusted cellular carrier feel your pain. This Jog Mobile location just outside of Pittsburgh employs the lovable underachiever Devin, under-employed MBA Elena, privileged heiress Parker, sarcastic high schooler Rey, former journalist Jerry, and their oblivious dude-bro manager, Christian. (Before you ask: No, they can’t put that new smartphone aside for you, it’s against company policy.)
Share in the misadventures, from break-room pranks to midnight phone launches gone awry; from awkward crushes to nightmare customers. Who will make it to assistant manager? Who will make it out of this town? Who knows―these barely-minimum-wage drones are just trying to survive to closing time.

A story with a sitcom-y feel, Cellies is about the staff working at a mobile carrier store and their daily lives. There are closed one-chapter stories that mostly don’t bleed into one another, so it makes for a pretty chill read. I loved the characters of Elena, and Rey the most, because they have that common snark potential, with the former hiding it behind a veneer of a customer-service-smile while the latter brings it out with sarcasm. Even Parker’s ‘I am so woke’-ness is played off wonderfully. The artwork is also pretty good, and I loved the details. Oh, and those submitted stories made into 2-page comics were brilliant – they fit in well with the theme of the novel, yet give us something else to laugh about to. Overall, an entertaining graphic novel that brings to mind, a little of the show Superstore.

Is it diverse? It has a Latina character, a Black man, and a Muslim teen

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Lion Forge, via Edelweiss.

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Buy links

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Releases on January 15, 2019

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