Graphic Novel Review: Moth & Whisper Vol. 1 by Ted Anderson & Jen Hickman

Niki's parents were thieves-for-hire known as the Moth and the Whisper, but they've disappeared without a trace, and Niki is determined to find them. They take up their parents' mantles and start taking jobs of their own, finding some allies along the way, but the more they learn, the more questions they have.

Graphic Novel Review: Moth & Whisper Vol. 1 by Ted Anderson & Jen Hickman | books, reading, science fiction, cyberpunk, lgbt+, genderqueer
Title: Moth & Whisper Vol. 1
Book Number: Volume 1
Pages: 120
My Rating: 4 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*

I really liked this, and here’s why:

– Nice art! How it looks on the cover is basically how it looks inside (but, you know, with panels and whatnot).

– Cool premise! A bit superhero-esque, a bit spy-esque, except the main character is a thief-for-hire with high-tech gadgets, taking up the mantle of their parents who recently disappeared.

– A genderqueer main character! They even state it on the page, and they use they/them pronouns. They also have a high-tech suit that’s mostly used for missions and safety, I think, but it allows them to have different gender expressions, sometimes masculine, sometimes feminine.

– Diversity/inclusivity! There weren’t too many characters in this volume, but Niki was genderqueer, Niki’s mother and the character helping Niki had dark skin, and every character didn’t have the same typical “perfect” body types sometimes found in comics.

– Futuristic cyberpunk world! Lots of technology but also with a creepy, overbearing government vibe.

– Likeable characters! Niki seemed very down-to-earth, determined, and maybe a little sassy. But they also seemed kinda lonely and a bit lost, what with their parents having disappeared. I felt for them in their plight and wanted to just give them a hug, chill with them, and be friends. I’ll be curious to get to know them better and see if/how their character changes throughout the series. There were only two other non-villain characters, but I liked them too.

– Possible future romance? This is pure speculation, and I’ll be happy to keep reading whether there’s romance or not, but I sense there might’ve been a bit of chemistry between Niki and Walter.

The blurb calls this a “YA cyberpunk thriller.” I don’t know exactly how old the characters are (maybe I missed that) and I didn’t get any particular YA vibe from the story, but I see no reason why this couldn’t be read by teens.

All in all, I’m looking forward to more!


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  1. Greg

    Cyberpunk? Ears perk up! I’m always on the lookout for cool comics w/a cyberpunk/ futuristic vibe. And characters you want to chill with are icing on the cake. I’ll have to look into this. Maybe ComiXology has its…

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    This sounds awesome! I’m glad to hear you really enjoyed it. The artwork seems really cool, and I love that the MC is genderqueer and they use them/them pronouns. Nice!


    1. Kristen Burns

      It is! It was the genderqueer character that convinced me to give the GN a try since I wasn’t sure if it’d be my kinda thing, and then I really liked it!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yay! Hoopla is great, and they do have so much selection. Don’t know how many recs I have though, I feel like I’ve felt kinda meh about a lot of the comics I’ve borrowed lol. Idk what kinda tablet you have, but I have the Hoopla app for my phone and kindle, although I find it easier to read comics on my computer.

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Artwork in a graphic novel is essential and looking at the cover this one is definitely ticking the box for me. And cyberpunk with a superhero-esque/spy-esque premise sounds good to me. I’ve never even heard of this and I kind of want to check it out. Glad you discovered this so I could too!