MOONSTRUCK #6 by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, Laurenn McCubbin, Kate Leth, & Clayton Cowles
MOONSTRUCK #6 is a great continuation to the series! The plot builds up the world the characters live in as well as the characters themselves. The art features telling character designs and fitting coloring. MOONSTRUCK #6 is definitely worth it!
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Everyone’s favorite werewolf couple has returned for MOONSTRUCK #6. From writer Grace Ellis and artist Shae Beagle, Julie, Selena, Chet, and friends have come back with new adventures, new laughs, and new action-packed events!

Picking Up Where We Last Left off

In the previous arc of MOONSTRUCK, Julie and Selena went to a magic show for a date when disaster struck. There, a strange magician had cast a spell on Chet the centaur, turning him into a human. This devastated Chet; he didn’t know who he was anymore. He had been proud of being a centaur, but he could no longer feel proud. Together, Julie, Selena, and friends found the magician and stopped him before he could harm anyone else. After that, the group forced the magician to return Chet to his centaur self, and everything is ok, or so it seems.

MOONSTRUCK #6 starts with the usual, busy kind of day at the coffee shop. Chet flirts with Manuel, while Julie flirts with Selena. This leaves CT, the human who works at the coffee shop, to do all the work. Selena had been invited to a frat party and insists that they all go together. Julie reluctantly agrees. When they get to the party, surprises and chaos occur one after the other.

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Writing Fairy Tales in MOONSTRUCK #6

Grace Ellis gives readers a lot of good stuff to work with in MOONSTRUCK #6. The plot definitely keeps the reader interested, and through it, we learn more about the characters and the world around them.

Specifically, the plot reveals a lot about life in their town. As a college town, we learn that this place isn’t free of some of the normal trappings of college towns in our world. Frats exist, and so do the stereotypical popular people. In just the invitation to the frat party, we learn a lot. It’s a very formal invitation, the kind of thing that makes it seem like a highly exclusive event. However, Selena says that she was told to bring whoever she wants, which, as a very laid back idea, contradicts the apparent formality of the invitation. This fits the stereotype of the frat boy: promoting exclusivity in a laid-back manner. This tells readers a lot about what the fraternity members might be like.

Moonstruck #6
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Using this same example of the invitation, Ellis tells us a lot about Julie, too. We know from previous issues that she has a tendency to be insecure. In MOONSTRUCK #6 we learn another reason why. When Julie responds to Selena’s invitation, she says, “I don’t think a frat really wants someone like me at their party. A non-student, I mean.” Mainly this shows that she feels out of place with college students. It could also explain why she becomes so shy about the graphic novel she’s writing. She only lets Manuel, an English major, read it. This tells us that she is insecure about her writing ability, possibly even about her intelligence. All of this we get from one event in MOONSTRUCK #6.

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Pastels and Powerful Character Design

Of course, the art in MOONSTRUCK #6 delivers telling character designs and fitting colors. The somewhat stereotypical design of the fairies matches their somewhat stereotypical frat boy personality. The coloring also creates a contrast between the world of the frat and the world outside of it. Essentially, Shae Beagle uses art very well to support the story of MOONSTRUCK #6.

As expected of MOONSTRUCK, the character designs for the fairies are very diverse while still fitting to the stereotypical popular person image. The fairies vary in things like height as well as things like accessories and hairstyle. The women fairies differ from the men as fairies in that the women have a very Barbie Doll-like body type. The design of the men as fairies, combined with their actions, really completes the image of the stereotypical frat boy. For example, two fairies wearing frat tees and sunglasses play a game of flipping cups. They then brush off Chet rudely, saying they’re too busy. They seem to be ignoring Chet for no reason other than they have “better” things to do, such elitism being typical to the frat boy image. These things together bring the frat boy façade together.

Moonstruck #6
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The coloring tells us a lot, not just about characters but also about the comic’s mood. The frat party is depicted with a palette using tons of pastels. However, the world outside of the frat is presented with darker colors. Ordinarily, this might indicate the place with light colors is the safer or happier place, but that may not be the case in MOONSTRUCK #6. This contrast changes what appears safe or not. This could make it so that readers assume the darker colors mean safety going forward. Otherwise, it could make readers unsure of what is safe anymore.

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Feeling Out the Issue

MOONSTRUCK #6 brings a lot of good stuff to the table. Grace Ellis uses the plot to build up the world of MOONSTRUCK. She also uses it to further characterization, such as when the Julie’s reactions to the invitation tell so much about her. Shae Beagle continued to give readers unique character designs, which tell us a lot about the new characters. Additionally, her color palette creates a contrast between the safe and the possibly dangerous.

I love the first five issues of MOONSTRUCK, so I was really curious as to where the next arc was going to go. The plot is going somewhere I didn’t quite expect, perfectly setting up for future issues. I can happily say that I’m very excited to see more after MOONSTRUCK #6.

Be sure to check out MOONSTRUCK #6, when it releases June 6th!

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