- Title: Moonstruck vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening
- Author: Grace Ellis
- Artists: Shae Beagle, Caitlin Quirk (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
- Additional Material Artist: Kat Fajardo
- Collection Date: 2019
- Publisher: Image Comics, Inc.
- Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 04/06/2019
I devoured the first year of Moonstruck in its bimonthly softcover form, and this collection of the second year is equally brilliant, fun and different. Julie is a barista in a college town, trying to come to terms with being a werewolf and her identity as a lesbian. Her friends are also magical creatures like a centaur, vampires, a minotaur, and a prophetess named Cass. This time around it’s finals time, so of course, everyone wants to take a break. The annual Winter Solstice party at one of the fraternities seems like a chance to relax and blow off steam.
Julie is now dating Selina, another werewolf, and more comfortable in her skin, though she’s still a bit shy and her self-esteem is a bit low. Still, she’s written a script for a “Pleasant Mountain Sisters” graphic novel. “Pleasant Mountain Sisters” is a syndicated series of books for pre-teen girls and Julie is a fan. Julie has Manual read and proofread her script, but someone else has entered comments in the pages already. Selina gets upset when it turns out two people read Julie’s script before Julie showed it to her. Manual also asks Julie if she’s comfortable publishing such an “autobiographical” story.
The group does go to the Beta Psi Episilon (ßѱΣ) party, and even though its the dead of snowy Winter, the fraternity is bathed in warm Spring sunshine. The house is protected by a fairy circle. Once inside Julie, Selina, Chet, and their friends meet up with some other friends. The band is Lindi and the Hops, but they start to argue amongst themselves. Julie and her friends decide to leave – only to discover anyone who had anything to eat or drink can’t leave, because: fairy circle.
Julie is able to leave and the next night ends up at the sorority house that’s a rival to the frat house. It’s also a fairy house but their Winter Solstice party is always a far second to the frat party. Julie and Selina must find the members of Lini’s band that escaped the frat party, and tank the party or she and Selina will be trapped in the Sorority House, where they ate tea sandwiches.
It is definitely worth reading the graphic novel to see how Julie manages to free herself and Selina from one fairy circle, bring down the rep of the fraternity, and how Julie and Selina work things out between themselves. Along the way, Moonstruck introduces a number of magical people who have issues, insecurities, and problems that teenagers and twenty-somethings will identify with. Moonstruck is a joy to read – the art is light and has a gorgeous pastel color palette, even in the scenes with Lindi the dragon. I highly recommend this book and this series.