Book Review:The Backstagers, Vol. 1 (The Backstagers) by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh

The Backstagers, Vol. 1 (The Backstagers, Volume One)

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Provided by Netgalley
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher:Boom! Box
Point of View: Jory
Genres & Themes: Fantasy, LGBT, Young Adult


All the world’s a stage . . . but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic—literally!

When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.

James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredibly earnest story that explores what it means to find a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast.




First, the art. I love the style, and the color, and was that like a library because I see libraries and it’s insta-love.

Second, the characters. How can anyone dislike these guys? Is it even possible? I’ve barely met them, but I can see I want to be a backstager already. Are we getting badges?

The Plot (and the actual portion of the review: I hate comparing books/comics with other books/comic, and it’s obvious the option everyone will go for: Lumberjanes. The fantasy aspect, the all-guy to the all-girls, and diversity. But tell me anything that doesn’t entice you about that? Oh, and LGBTQIA+. As for the fantasy, I enthralled to know about this Backstagers world, and what they do as backstagers. This is a short volume, and that’s what I feel is it’s down fall. 25 pages is not enough. But it’s enough to entice me to keep coming back for me. The colors are still super vivid in my mind. The guys accepting Jory so quick makes FEELS feel, you know?

Anyway, 25 pages will be enough to hook you, and if it doesn’t—hey, at least it’s short,right?


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2 thoughts on “Book Review:The Backstagers, Vol. 1 (The Backstagers) by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh

    1. I’m so intrigued to where the plot line will be/will go. What is the general plot? Is it like Lumberjanes where they have a bunch of adventures?


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