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The apocalypse is nigh! The world needs a Champion, and the only heir to a sacred mystical lineage is...a little old lady? Meet Lottie Thorn, reluctant savior of the world, and her also-elderly trainer Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss. They might not look it, but these women are prepared to take on any Big Bad that comes along. But first, perhaps a nice cup of tea? Collecting i The apocalypse is nigh! The world needs a Champion, and the only heir to a sacred mystical lineage is...a little old lady? Meet Lottie Thorn, reluctant savior of the world, and her also-elderly trainer Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss. They might not look it, but these women are prepared to take on any Big Bad that comes along. But first, perhaps a nice cup of tea? Collecting issues #1-5 of the hit series by writer Mariah McCourt (True Blood, Stitched) and artist Soo Lee (Mine!, Charlie’s Angels vs. the Bionic Woman), with covers by Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Wonder Woman: True Amazon). Plus extra features—including recipes!


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The apocalypse is nigh! The world needs a Champion, and the only heir to a sacred mystical lineage is...a little old lady? Meet Lottie Thorn, reluctant savior of the world, and her also-elderly trainer Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss. They might not look it, but these women are prepared to take on any Big Bad that comes along. But first, perhaps a nice cup of tea? Collecting i The apocalypse is nigh! The world needs a Champion, and the only heir to a sacred mystical lineage is...a little old lady? Meet Lottie Thorn, reluctant savior of the world, and her also-elderly trainer Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss. They might not look it, but these women are prepared to take on any Big Bad that comes along. But first, perhaps a nice cup of tea? Collecting issues #1-5 of the hit series by writer Mariah McCourt (True Blood, Stitched) and artist Soo Lee (Mine!, Charlie’s Angels vs. the Bionic Woman), with covers by Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Wonder Woman: True Amazon). Plus extra features—including recipes!

30 review for Ash & Thorn: Volume One: Recipe for Disaster

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    What if the next Slayer was chosen and she was an octogenarian? I loved this. Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossed with the sass of the Golden Girls. The newly chosen champion, Lottie is a joy. She's sassy and smart and won't take any gruff from anyone. Tagging along is the elderly female Watcher figure and a young apprentice along with an unreliable Nightcrawler type fey. Together they must stop an elder god from ushering in the apocalypse. Received a review copy from Ahoy Comics and Edelweiss. All What if the next Slayer was chosen and she was an octogenarian? I loved this. Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossed with the sass of the Golden Girls. The newly chosen champion, Lottie is a joy. She's sassy and smart and won't take any gruff from anyone. Tagging along is the elderly female Watcher figure and a young apprentice along with an unreliable Nightcrawler type fey. Together they must stop an elder god from ushering in the apocalypse. Received a review copy from Ahoy Comics and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannara

    Let’s face it, the cover pulled me in because... well, old ladies and a huge monster?!?! Sign me up!!! And I do not regret reading this one bit!! In fact, I loved it! The characters were hilarious, the bad guy was gross, and the storyline was just too entertaining! Our main character, Lottie, is honestly just the shit. She’s old, but that doesn’t stop her from having the most awesome hair and from being totally badass. Her personality is just the best though. She’s snarky, independent, smart, an Let’s face it, the cover pulled me in because... well, old ladies and a huge monster?!?! Sign me up!!! And I do not regret reading this one bit!! In fact, I loved it! The characters were hilarious, the bad guy was gross, and the storyline was just too entertaining! Our main character, Lottie, is honestly just the shit. She’s old, but that doesn’t stop her from having the most awesome hair and from being totally badass. Her personality is just the best though. She’s snarky, independent, smart, and funny as hell. Actually, I burst out laughing frequently. The side characters are also fun and include a pain in the butt fae who likes to point out everything that’s going wrong. He just cracks me up!! I cannot wait for there to be more volumes of Ash and Thorn. There was lots of action and fun in this and I hope we can expect more to come!! This is definitely a graphic novel that I recommend to those who are interested in hilarious stories about saving the world. Or also Golden Girls, cause Lottie is like a Golden Girl who can kick some serious butt. And I totally support that!!! Thank you so much to NetGalley and Ahoy Comics for allowing me to read this for my honest and unbiased opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Antonomasia

    [3.5] So this is a Buffy analogue in which the next Champion (i.e. Slayer) turns out to be ... a semi-retired African-American art teacher in her eighties. There are a few other twists: for example about the background of Peruvia, the Guardian (i.e. Watcher), though more detail on that evidently has to wait until a later volume (as with a few other details of the worldbuilding and history I had hoped to hear in this book) - and the presence of a circa two-foot-high blue fae, who is something I ca [3.5] So this is a Buffy analogue in which the next Champion (i.e. Slayer) turns out to be ... a semi-retired African-American art teacher in her eighties. There are a few other twists: for example about the background of Peruvia, the Guardian (i.e. Watcher), though more detail on that evidently has to wait until a later volume (as with a few other details of the worldbuilding and history I had hoped to hear in this book) - and the presence of a circa two-foot-high blue fae, who is something I can imagine Blake might have drawn if the concept of cuteness had been as big a deal in his time as in ours*. This creature is highly annoying in the most charming possible way - like a wilful and mischievous talking pet who is thankfully somebody else's problem - and a great foil for the more serious aspects of the story. A certain amount of the action revolves around traditionally "old-lady" activities such as local planning issues, and baking - but something that I did feel would be more important, and was missing here, in terms of the perspective of an older person was, about how it might feel physically for Lottie to be getting stronger again (probably stronger than in her youth) and, I would guess, certain aches and pains and stiffnesses disappearing to be replaced by a bit of muscle soreness from training and fighting. And Lottie, the new Champion, is said to have been very active in community activities, but we don't meet any of her existing friends her own age. (This sort of thing is of course a common problem in shorter fiction especially.) There's only her private pupil Sarah, who seems to be acquiring similarities to another Buffy supporting character. A perfect time for showing Lottie's friends would have been talking to them at the planning meeting. They could also have been useful examples of other locals' attitude to the malevolent development project. But overall I'm very glad to see that, as the SFF and comics audience ages, there are getting to be more older protagonists like these, who aren't necessarily always your Gandalf-type sage or sensei supporting role. I'd have also liked to have seen a bit more attention to the main characters' dialogue. As I'm not American, for Lottie I can only go by films and TV, but I wasn't convinced all the time, and I hope they had one or two African-American women of at least middle age check whether it sounded right to them. Peruvia is apparently supposed to be British, and given her age, I'd have scratched Americanisms such as "Can it!" ("Shut it!" works fine instead) and "the hell" with no "What..." Though I did like that at one point she was wearing an outfit just like one of my grandmothers (who'd now be over 100 if she were still alive). Personally I wouldn't have put recipes in the back as it cuts through the mystique about the ones in the story. The cover art, by Jill Thompson, is awesome, and the drawings inside have some great moments, though do have that thing which is so common in comics, I'm never entirely sure if I should remark on it, where some characters look a bit too different between panels. Whilst I've listed quite a few things I'd have changed about this, it is overall a very likeable project that seems to be finding its feet - and which has self-awareness about that, e.g. the author commentary at the back describing the villain as "the least subtle kind of big bad". (You have to start somewhere, right?) And it got me interested enough that I wanted to know more about the characters' and the universe's backstories. * My only real familiarity with X-Men is from the films, so I only know about the Nightcrawler similarity from other reviews on here. Thank you to Netgalley, and the publisher Ahoy Comics, for a free ebook ARC in return for an honest review. (Read & reviewed Oct 2020.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    A world devouring apocalypse is nigh and the only things standing in its way are two elderly women? Ahoy Comics put out some interesting offerings and I'm always willing to give them a chance so I grabbed this when it came out. Lottie Thorn is the chosen one but instead of a teenager, she's an elderly woman who enjoys drinking tea and baking. Her mentor is Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss, a Guardian that has been trying to avert the end of the world for ages. Lottie's teenage sidekick Sarah rounds ou A world devouring apocalypse is nigh and the only things standing in its way are two elderly women? Ahoy Comics put out some interesting offerings and I'm always willing to give them a chance so I grabbed this when it came out. Lottie Thorn is the chosen one but instead of a teenager, she's an elderly woman who enjoys drinking tea and baking. Her mentor is Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss, a Guardian that has been trying to avert the end of the world for ages. Lottie's teenage sidekick Sarah rounds out the side of good. The villain of the piece is a cosmically huge collection of eyes and mouths. McCourt takes some changes with the story, subverting my expectations. It doesn't go straight from point A to point B like I thought it might. Still, the whole thing feels like Neil Gaiman Lite at times, from the story itself to the monster that I swore was in a couple issues of Sandman. Ash & Thorn is another fun comic from Ahoy Comics. Three out of five battle scones.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    Loved the concept (what would Buffy be like if the champion was elderly?), love Lottie's character, and love Lottie's weaponized baked goods, but the plot is nothing special. Maybe it's partially = a function of fitting into the monthly comics format, where stories don't have much room to breathe. But limited space doesn't necessarily entail formulaic. **Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Loved the concept (what would Buffy be like if the champion was elderly?), love Lottie's character, and love Lottie's weaponized baked goods, but the plot is nothing special. Maybe it's partially = a function of fitting into the monthly comics format, where stories don't have much room to breathe. But limited space doesn't necessarily entail formulaic. **Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Ash & Thorn is a compilation of the first five issues of the eponymous series by Mariah McCourt (writer) and Soo Lee (artist) with a bang-up cover by the brilliant Jill Thompson. Due out 27th Oct 2020 from Ahoy Comics, it's 120 pages and will be available in paperback format. This was unbridled fun for me (a middle aged bionerd comics/gaming fan of long long loooong standing). Take one unrepentantly no-bullcrap octogenarian female black retired Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Ash & Thorn is a compilation of the first five issues of the eponymous series by Mariah McCourt (writer) and Soo Lee (artist) with a bang-up cover by the brilliant Jill Thompson. Due out 27th Oct 2020 from Ahoy Comics, it's 120 pages and will be available in paperback format. This was unbridled fun for me (a middle aged bionerd comics/gaming fan of long long loooong standing). Take one unrepentantly no-bullcrap octogenarian female black retired art teacher's seen-it-all-and-isn't-putting-up-with-your-apocalyptic-nonsense with an equally annoying school marm-ish trainer/helper and a young goth female teenaged protege. Add one "Puck'ish" Nightcrawler looking (the blue Marvel guy) miniature fairy for comic relief, and an eldritch crossworlds horror - wearing an attractive property developer white guy meat-suit, and stir well. The dialogue is often funny and the plotting is solid. I really loved it that the creative team didn't take every cheap old-lady trope (Lottie Thorn is pretty badass - she uses her baking to stomp, not build bridges) and just run with it. She reminds me in All The Best Ways of Joan Hickson's Miss Marple and Granny Weatherwax ( ❤❤❤ ). I found it completely delightful and I'm glad to see Ahoy putting non-mainstream work out here for us. I've always loved fiction which combines humor and horror. It's not easy to do, and this team manages. There is a fair amount of gore and violence, but nothing egregiously out of context. I would put it at PG-13. I was unfamiliar with the series before (but have enjoyed the team's previous individual work) and I'll be looking out for more! Four stars. Love it! Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    I've nothing against taking a common trope, or something that has now become a cliche', and giving it a bit of a twist. The sound bite description of this tale would be, "What if Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Giles her watcher were senior citizens?". Lottie is retired, can bake (just a bit), has other interests and is at least partially content with living her life the way it is. It's not perfect, but it is hers. Along comes Lady Peruvia Ashington-Voss who informs Lottie that Lottie is pre-destine I've nothing against taking a common trope, or something that has now become a cliche', and giving it a bit of a twist. The sound bite description of this tale would be, "What if Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Giles her watcher were senior citizens?". Lottie is retired, can bake (just a bit), has other interests and is at least partially content with living her life the way it is. It's not perfect, but it is hers. Along comes Lady Peruvia Ashington-Voss who informs Lottie that Lottie is pre-destined to save the world. Just that Peruvia was expecting someone... A bit younger and more flexible. What begins as a slightly fish out of water story, scenes like Lottie's physical training and thinking they can't be right about her, to some twists that help make this trope a little more than pastiche and satire elevate this to an enjoyable read. This is a short series that would have benefited from being longer in that would have given McCourt more time to develop the characters which would assist the reader in becoming most vested in well, everyone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    What if Buffy had found out about being the Chosen One in her eighties? There are other twists on the original here too, like the not-Watchers being more thoroughly supernatural in and of themselves, instead of just amateur magicians, but that's about the size of it. It's ingenious, because when Buffy came out the idea of the kick-ass heroine was itself still fairly novel, so by twisting what has now become familiar, Ash & Thorn is able to recapture some of its initial incongruity and poke at ot What if Buffy had found out about being the Chosen One in her eighties? There are other twists on the original here too, like the not-Watchers being more thoroughly supernatural in and of themselves, instead of just amateur magicians, but that's about the size of it. It's ingenious, because when Buffy came out the idea of the kick-ass heroine was itself still fairly novel, so by twisting what has now become familiar, Ash & Thorn is able to recapture some of its initial incongruity and poke at other prejudices. Nice little details come in its train, too – just as Buffy reified the emotional realities of being a teenager, so this can play the same trick with more senior concerns. What if the end of the world could be affected by local planning meetings? Well, in a sense it can, but making that more demon-y works in the same way Buffy would play the same trick with awful roommates &c. I sometimes had that frustrating sense that one more pass could have elevated it from good to great, but all the same, I suspect a constituency exists which would absolutely love this series, and I hope they find it. (Netgalley ARC)

  9. 4 out of 5

    J.D. DeHart

    What just happened? Ash & Thorn is a creative romp, action-packed, and full of action and engaging story...not to mention bold images.

  10. 5 out of 5

    April Gray

    I enjoyed this a lot. It grabs tropes and snarks them up, giving us a good, end-of-the-world, apocalypse-is-coming story and a strong heroine, and makes it funny. Eighty-something Lottie Thorn would rather be baking, painting, or enjoying some tea, but no, she's The Chosen One, The Champion, who is expected to defeat evil and stop the coming apocalypse. She does have help- there's the equally elderly Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss, a battle trainer from another realm who has no experience with bat I enjoyed this a lot. It grabs tropes and snarks them up, giving us a good, end-of-the-world, apocalypse-is-coming story and a strong heroine, and makes it funny. Eighty-something Lottie Thorn would rather be baking, painting, or enjoying some tea, but no, she's The Chosen One, The Champion, who is expected to defeat evil and stop the coming apocalypse. She does have help- there's the equally elderly Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss, a battle trainer from another realm who has no experience with battle, relying on manuals to guide her; Sarah, an art student who accidentally becomes an assistant to The Champion; and a sassy little fey named Pickle who provides snarky one-liners and pessimistic information. The villain, Court, is the tropeyist of all, a totally one-dimensional baddie who looks like a handsome, elite white man in an expensive suit, whose purpose is attaining money and power, but is actually a many eyed, many tentacled dark god/demon/whatever evil thing. This is a straightforward story, there are fights with demons, blood and gore, magical manuals, spells, and rituals, good vs. evil, the whole bit, and takes all that and makes it a little off, not quite right, but great none-the-less. Having the heroine be an octogenarian is so refreshing, and Lotte is so relatable! Her character is over this before it's even started, she's pragmatic, and she's an activist who knows how to find out what's going on behind the scenes. She's training hard, but the battles are getting tougher. Then Sarah finds a crazy and unlikely solution that just might work..... The dialog has lots of great, funny moments, the art has a nice, kinda creepy vibe going on, there's good character development, and an interesting, fun story. The ending leaves open the possibility of more to come, but isn't so cliffhangery that you wanna smack the author. Very entertaining! #AshThornVolumeOneRecipeforDisaster #NetGalley

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elaine White

    ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE ** Copy received through Netgalley ~ Ash & Thorn, Vol. 1: Recipe for Disaster by Mariah McCourt, Soo Lee, Jill Thompson ★★★★★ 120 Pages Content Warning: alien blood and gore As a woman who grew up with the immense female-centric-influence of Buffy and The Golden Girls re-runs, the moment I saw this was billed as Buffy meets Golden Girls, I was in. 100%. What I found was original, clever, and so full of talent that it was breathtakingly refreshing. Lottie i ** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE ** Copy received through Netgalley ~ Ash & Thorn, Vol. 1: Recipe for Disaster by Mariah McCourt, Soo Lee, Jill Thompson ★★★★★ 120 Pages Content Warning: alien blood and gore As a woman who grew up with the immense female-centric-influence of Buffy and The Golden Girls re-runs, the moment I saw this was billed as Buffy meets Golden Girls, I was in. 100%. What I found was original, clever, and so full of talent that it was breathtakingly refreshing. Lottie is an octogenarian, surprised by a woman who appears to ask to see her granddaughter, because the apocalypse is coming and Lottie is the “Chosen One” to help prevent it. Discovering the Chosen One is an octogenarian is the first in a long line of revelations, for both Peruvia – her guide and teacher through the apocalypse – and for Lottie herself. Kicking ass isn't quite the same when you're in your 80s, but she does a hell of a job. The artwork was appropriately gritty, bright and playful, just like Lottie. Peruvia was prim and proper, a female version of Buffy's Giles, but without the stuffiness and oblivious innocence. Peruvia is a bit more gritty and stalwart than Giles, and better for it. She's a tough old broad and not impervious to the pitfalls of her work. Pickle – a fae fairy who plays assistant and troublemaker equally – was adorable and just the right amount of snarky. The unwitting assistant Sarah – a teenage girl, who Lottie teaches – is a welcome dose of reality, humanity and calm in the chaos. Together, this cast of women – on and behind the pages – do a remarkable job of reviving a dying trope. I can't wait to read more. ~ Favourite Panel

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    *I received a free e-arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review* At first I was hesitant to read this book because of the synopsis. Grannies fighting monsters and saving the world? I was drawn to this graphic novel originally because the cover looked interesting, and I've been in a graphic novel reading mood as of late. What sold me on this book was 1000% the Goodreads reviews. The ones I saw were all positive, talking about how amazing this book is, and after finishing, I agree. This book *I received a free e-arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review* At first I was hesitant to read this book because of the synopsis. Grannies fighting monsters and saving the world? I was drawn to this graphic novel originally because the cover looked interesting, and I've been in a graphic novel reading mood as of late. What sold me on this book was 1000% the Goodreads reviews. The ones I saw were all positive, talking about how amazing this book is, and after finishing, I agree. This book takes your typical Chosen One trope and turns it on its head by making the main character an 80 something old retired art teacher and avid baker, with her side kick, her Guardian, also being an old woman. Lottie and Peruvia's other side kick is the only teenager featured in the main cast, 16 year old Sarah. Lottie is badass, and her relationship with Peruvia is well done. They bicker over their duties and through training, but you can see that they care for each other despite their very new found friendship. Also, the story telling is SPECTACULAR. The author uses flash-forwards and flashbacks extremely well, and the whole plot is well done and unexpected. The main twist is something I never could have predicted, and it worked so well in the story and with the characters. It really brings to light the idea that no one, no matter their role, is 100% good, and every person and character has their weaknesses, to which we fall victim to occasionally. This is very well done in this graphic novel, and it really pushed me from really liking this book to loving it. I would definitely recommend reading this book. It's something I've never seen before and comes unexpected, and I loved it. Rating: 4 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    Lottie Thorn is over 80 but that doesn’t mean she isn’t the chosen warrior meant to stop the apocalypse. At least that’s what Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss, her guardian/trainer, informs her. Lottie tries to complain that she’s too old for such nonsense, but the monsters don’t care and the creepy land developer has her chosen one senses tingling. With the help of a teen neighbor girl and a begrudgingly helpful fey, can two old ladies save the world? I really liked the concept of this story. It tak Lottie Thorn is over 80 but that doesn’t mean she isn’t the chosen warrior meant to stop the apocalypse. At least that’s what Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss, her guardian/trainer, informs her. Lottie tries to complain that she’s too old for such nonsense, but the monsters don’t care and the creepy land developer has her chosen one senses tingling. With the help of a teen neighbor girl and a begrudgingly helpful fey, can two old ladies save the world? I really liked the concept of this story. It takes the common chosen one concept and stands it on its head and pokes glorious fun at it. My only complaints were that the story felt a bit rushed (it could’ve used 2x the pages to develop things a bit more) and a bit too much swearing for my taste. If you don’t mind the swearing and are looking for a different spin on the superhero story with two old ladies, then pick this up. Notes on content: About 20 minor swears and 10 strong swears. No sex scenes, there were a few elements that could be construed to have sexual hints but nothing explicit. Several monsters get vanquished and they talk about having intestines in their hair and such. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    This was good to see, even if that goodness was the fact it's pretty much an all-female cast, and pretty much an all female creative crew. There was a bit more to the goodness here, mind – just not as much as was needed to make this really memorable. The old wise one is here to declare the Earth's latest champion against the eldritch demon things, and the Apocalypse, and running out of scones, and suchlike, and lo and behold our specie's saviour is in her eighties, and is a person of colour. But This was good to see, even if that goodness was the fact it's pretty much an all-female cast, and pretty much an all female creative crew. There was a bit more to the goodness here, mind – just not as much as was needed to make this really memorable. The old wise one is here to declare the Earth's latest champion against the eldritch demon things, and the Apocalypse, and running out of scones, and suchlike, and lo and behold our specie's saviour is in her eighties, and is a person of colour. But, more importantly, she might just have the balls and spunk needed to get the job done. She's fine, the bickering with her mentor is a bit less so, and I liked the granddaughter, but a lot of good is wiped out by the annoying naked blue fairy. A slightly uneven story, a character allowed to be racist and sexist because she's in her eighties and a person of colour – you can pick holes in this. I'd rather not, for I guess it might almost break some small ground, and I would wish it success in that. My response to it as a frivolous, flippant throwaway, is to give it three and a half stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    Rep: Black main character A duo of senior citizens as the ones to save the Earth from an apocalypse? That alone makes it a unique premise, while it is also subverting established tropes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where the champion is a young woman. In Ash & Thorn, Lottie is surprised to find Peruvia at her doorstep, proclaiming her to be the Champion who is to save the world. Now, Lottie isn't exactly in for it, since she prefers her life as it is, but needs be, and if she will have to save Rep: Black main character A duo of senior citizens as the ones to save the Earth from an apocalypse? That alone makes it a unique premise, while it is also subverting established tropes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where the champion is a young woman. In Ash & Thorn, Lottie is surprised to find Peruvia at her doorstep, proclaiming her to be the Champion who is to save the world. Now, Lottie isn't exactly in for it, since she prefers her life as it is, but needs be, and if she will have to save the world, she will do it. Peruvia tries to train her, but she herself doesn't believe in Lottie being a true Champion, nor do the forces of evil. Not a spoiler alert, but lot of people comment on Lottie being too old for the role. It is a charming take on the tropes, and Lottie being a no-nonsense so-done-with-this-shit kind of person, it makes for an interesting story with both Lottie's arc and Peruvia's misgivings. Her grand-daughter being a sidekick and the fae comedic relief were also nice additions. The artwork is good for the most part, and I love the character designs; the coloring though could have been more aesthetically pleasing. One thing though - the magic system of this didn't really explain itself, with the spells and all. Overall, it is an entertaining start to what I hope is going to be a fantastic series. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Ahoy Comics, via Edelweiss.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bill Cass

    Have we found the first member of the GJL? The Geriatric Justice League, of course. This was a very fun read and a great take on an old trope. Lottie is a good main character though I never once thought she was as old as she claimed. Her looks were the only thing that made it obvious she an AARP member. I would have liked even something as easy as some canned old people jokes. Peruvia was a forgetful character as she was really quite pointless. While I did enjoy this, the story moved way to fast Have we found the first member of the GJL? The Geriatric Justice League, of course. This was a very fun read and a great take on an old trope. Lottie is a good main character though I never once thought she was as old as she claimed. Her looks were the only thing that made it obvious she an AARP member. I would have liked even something as easy as some canned old people jokes. Peruvia was a forgetful character as she was really quite pointless. While I did enjoy this, the story moved way to fast. I would have liked it if we saw more training or if we got to see more development from the main two characters. But lack of character development aside, this was an interesting idea that made for an enjoyable read but was just shy of being great. I did love the fact that the main hero was an elderly woman of color so this gets massive points for that. This is worth a read if you're a comic fan.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I love the idea of the champion being an older woman; someone who has seen things and lived for many decades. This main character, Lottie, is right up my alley. The art wasn’t my favourite part, it’s not bad, just not my style. I would love to see this with a different artist. Battle scones!!! Where can I get some of those? “At least I’ll go out baking, if the end is really nigh.” The ending is too rushed. Hahaha, there are recipes at the end. There’s no recipe for Battle Scones but there is one for I love the idea of the champion being an older woman; someone who has seen things and lived for many decades. This main character, Lottie, is right up my alley. The art wasn’t my favourite part, it’s not bad, just not my style. I would love to see this with a different artist. Battle scones!!! Where can I get some of those? “At least I’ll go out baking, if the end is really nigh.” The ending is too rushed. Hahaha, there are recipes at the end. There’s no recipe for Battle Scones but there is one for Battle Cookies. 3.5 stars ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather Freeman

    This was really fun, and I love the premise. Basically, what if the Chosen One, or "Champion" in this world, was an 80+ year old Black woman? And what if her Watcher/mentor was an old woman as well? The comic walks a fine line between horror and cottagecore, and it does a fabulous job while also being pretty damn funny, in my opinion. Case-in-point: the ephemera at the end includes "apocalyptic' real recipes for baked goods (that actually sound really good), from the mischievous fae character Pi This was really fun, and I love the premise. Basically, what if the Chosen One, or "Champion" in this world, was an 80+ year old Black woman? And what if her Watcher/mentor was an old woman as well? The comic walks a fine line between horror and cottagecore, and it does a fabulous job while also being pretty damn funny, in my opinion. Case-in-point: the ephemera at the end includes "apocalyptic' real recipes for baked goods (that actually sound really good), from the mischievous fae character Pickle's point of view. I also love the art.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kel

    Amazing and brilliant. This comic is the one I have been waiting for and did not realize it. Finally an older super hero with immense power. A woman, that differs from the norm. Lottie is an African American woman who finds out that she is a guardian. Descended from a long line of warriors. With her counselor and student she faces an evil that wants to devour the world. The art is great, there are monsters and a faerie creature. The book econtains recipes for delicious, monster fighting treats. Amazing and brilliant. This comic is the one I have been waiting for and did not realize it. Finally an older super hero with immense power. A woman, that differs from the norm. Lottie is an African American woman who finds out that she is a guardian. Descended from a long line of warriors. With her counselor and student she faces an evil that wants to devour the world. The art is great, there are monsters and a faerie creature. The book econtains recipes for delicious, monster fighting treats. I hope this is a series and look forward to reading more. Brava.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikoleta

    Loved the concept of an elderly monster fighting champion but the plot kind of fell flat for me. Because this is the first volume it was mostly all set up but I felt like there could have been a bit more substance. A lot of worldbuilding was left out which isn't a big surprise and I anticipate we'll learn much more in the volumes to come. Definitely something I'm going to be keeping my eye out for because I feel like once this series starts to get going I'll enjoy it much more than this first vo Loved the concept of an elderly monster fighting champion but the plot kind of fell flat for me. Because this is the first volume it was mostly all set up but I felt like there could have been a bit more substance. A lot of worldbuilding was left out which isn't a big surprise and I anticipate we'll learn much more in the volumes to come. Definitely something I'm going to be keeping my eye out for because I feel like once this series starts to get going I'll enjoy it much more than this first volume. ARC provided by NetGalley and Ahoy Comics

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paul Decker

    *I received this book as an eARC from Ahoy Comics via NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* The chosen one is an old woman! I love that this story plays with so many tropes. The main one, obviously, is the champion to prevent the Apocalypse. But there are some fun twists along the way. The story is simple, but fun. Great characters. Easy to follow. Overall, this is a fun Apocalyptic story. There's also baking recipes at the *I received this book as an eARC from Ahoy Comics via NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* The chosen one is an old woman! I love that this story plays with so many tropes. The main one, obviously, is the champion to prevent the Apocalypse. But there are some fun twists along the way. The story is simple, but fun. Great characters. Easy to follow. Overall, this is a fun Apocalyptic story. There's also baking recipes at the end of the volume! I give this book 4.5/5.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Lottie Thorn is an 80 year old, black, woman, former art teacher, not at all what you would expect from a Champion, aka the chosen one. Yet, one day a little old lady shows up at Lottie's door and tells her she is there to train her to save the world. Lottie's teenage student Sarah becomes a sort of sidekick and a fairy named Pickle provides a bit of comic relief. #AshThornVolumeOneRecipeforDisaster #NetGalley Lottie Thorn is an 80 year old, black, woman, former art teacher, not at all what you would expect from a Champion, aka the chosen one. Yet, one day a little old lady shows up at Lottie's door and tells her she is there to train her to save the world. Lottie's teenage student Sarah becomes a sort of sidekick and a fairy named Pickle provides a bit of comic relief. #AshThornVolumeOneRecipeforDisaster #NetGalley

  23. 5 out of 5

    Smote

    YES YES YES!!!! I really want more of this story but Lottie Thorn is such an amazing, badass protagonist. Tea? Baking? Subversion of tropes and hilarious quips? YES!!!! My enthusiasm and joy at reading this is difficult to contain if that wasn't clear. This is absolutely the apocalypse hero narrative I have been waiting for. Please give this a chance - the art is gorgeous and it's such a fun read! YES YES YES!!!! I really want more of this story but Lottie Thorn is such an amazing, badass protagonist. Tea? Baking? Subversion of tropes and hilarious quips? YES!!!! My enthusiasm and joy at reading this is difficult to contain if that wasn't clear. This is absolutely the apocalypse hero narrative I have been waiting for. Please give this a chance - the art is gorgeous and it's such a fun read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elia

    This reads exactly as if Buffy and Giles were a couple of old ladies. There's a slayer (though she's called a champion) and a watcher (though she's called a guardian), a hell-mouth (of course named something else), and some scoobies, played here by a teenage girl and a wicked little pixie. In fact I am not at all convinced that Lottie isn't actually related to Buffy - did anyone else catch that her mom's maiden name was Summers? It's a fun ride with a SPECTACULARLY anticlimactic ending. This reads exactly as if Buffy and Giles were a couple of old ladies. There's a slayer (though she's called a champion) and a watcher (though she's called a guardian), a hell-mouth (of course named something else), and some scoobies, played here by a teenage girl and a wicked little pixie. In fact I am not at all convinced that Lottie isn't actually related to Buffy - did anyone else catch that her mom's maiden name was Summers? It's a fun ride with a SPECTACULARLY anticlimactic ending.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kranna

    I really like this graphic novel because it takes an unlikely hero and it takes superheroes to a place that I think we should go.we are all the time talking about how we would like more diversity in comics and graphic novels this shows diversity in the way of older individuals becoming superheroes which I absolutely adore the art style is very unique and I like that.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Read as single issues. This was fun. I really enjoyed this though the ending seemed incomplete. I sure hope there's another volume, though the editor's note seems to suggest otherwise. I think this would have been a much stronger story if it had been more than 5 issues, and really allowed more space to build the world and the characters. Read as single issues. This was fun. I really enjoyed this though the ending seemed incomplete. I sure hope there's another volume, though the editor's note seems to suggest otherwise. I think this would have been a much stronger story if it had been more than 5 issues, and really allowed more space to build the world and the characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie Chase

    "Ash and Thorn Volume One" reads strangely like a volume two: that's how little background we're given on the characters and their lives. I really would have liked a little more. So much is enticing about the story, but it feels a little empty. "Ash and Thorn Volume One" reads strangely like a volume two: that's how little background we're given on the characters and their lives. I really would have liked a little more. So much is enticing about the story, but it feels a little empty.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    A short but sweet 3 star read! The art style was so fun and colourful and who doesn’t love a good post apocalyptic graphic novel during a global pandemic??? If the next installation comes into my hands I’ll be a happy lady but I probably won’t go way out of my way to find volume 2

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda K

    Thanks to Edelweiss for the e-ARC! Laugh out loud fun with delightfully twisted tropes (and recipes at the end)!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donald Scott

    Prose: Putting together issues 1-5 of the popular comic series, this is volume one of a graphic novel where the Apocalypse is at hand, and the world's only chance at a savior comes in the form of ... a crotchety old African-American gal with dreads named Lottie Thorn, who - along with her equally old trainer/mentor, Lady Peruvia Ashligton-Voss - drinks coffee and bakes a lot, in between Lottie honing her skills in kicking bad-ass creatures, preparation for the biggest of Big Bads to come. Don's: Prose: Putting together issues 1-5 of the popular comic series, this is volume one of a graphic novel where the Apocalypse is at hand, and the world's only chance at a savior comes in the form of ... a crotchety old African-American gal with dreads named Lottie Thorn, who - along with her equally old trainer/mentor, Lady Peruvia Ashligton-Voss - drinks coffee and bakes a lot, in between Lottie honing her skills in kicking bad-ass creatures, preparation for the biggest of Big Bads to come. Don's: Storywise, there's a lot to like here; I was originally drawn to reading it when I saw it compared to "The Golden Girls" meets "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" - and indeed, Lottie is built like Dorothy and has the same lack of tolerance for stupidity or baddies, while the chubby Lady Peruvia kind of feels like a Rose with more brains. The banter between these two is fun, as is the story, much of about Lottie's efforts to train even as she's already forced to fight monsters already seeping over into our world prior to the big invasion, as the graphic novel both plays up and pokes fun at various tropes of the genre. For me, though, the story just seemed a bit padded in the middle, to where I wasn't rushing to pick it up for some time, before finally getting to the final battle - and subsequent hint at a sequel - all of which, while fun reading it, afterward left me with wanting more. I'd also kind of fallen for the book's cover art, but to me inside the book the illustrations weren't up to the same style; darker, coarser, and with muted tones, the artwork is well-done and fits the mood of the dramatic part of the story, but for this reader didn't also reflect the wonderfully dry sense of humor sprinkled throughout, as well. Definitely worth a read, but will wait and see what volume two has in store before deciding to continue on with the series. 3/5 stars NOTE: I received a free ARC of this title from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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