Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Steve L McEvil by Lucas Turnbloom. This looked like such a fun graphic novel, and perfect for this month, since I’m reading almost exclusively middle grades this month. Be sure to check out other content creators taking part in the tour, you can find the list and links at the end of the post.
Thank you to Lucas Turnbloom, Crown Books for Young Readers and Random House for providing me with an ARC for this review.
Lucas Turnbloom is a cartoonist from Southern California. In 2017, he and his wife rescued a sweet yet rambunctious little cat who inspired Lucas to write a comic as an inside joke for his wife. But when his wife insisted he put the comic on the internet, the joke grew, and “How to Cat” now has over 196k followers. In addition to capturing his pet’s most feline antics, Lucas is also the illustrator of the Dream Jumper series.
About The Book
Title: Steve L McEvil
Series: Steve L McEvil Vol 1
Author: Lucas Turnbloom
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: May 24th, 2022
Page Length: 240
Genre: Graphic Novel
Age Range: Middle Grade
Lean into your wicked side in this full-color graphic novel series about a middle-school super villain (in training) who must choose between saving his town and doing the most horrific thing of all–teaming up with the good guys.
Hi! My name is Steve L. McEvil, and I am THE GREATEST SUPERVILLAIN IN THE WORLD! Or…I will be. It’s hard to take over the planet when you still have a bedtime.
Right now, my grandpa Tiberius McEvil is teaching me how to pull off my nefarious schemes. Though lately someone has been doing the job for me. These weird stones have appeared in town. Professor Stinger won’t stop droning on about wormholes. And no one is more villainous than my new neighbor Vic Turry. That guy is just so…NICE! Barf. Even Sierra, who rarely looks up from her geology books, is impressed by his good guy routine. But I’ll show them all. No one can outsmart Steve L. McEvil! (Yeah, yeah, I know it rhymes.)
This was exactly what I needed to break up the two longer books that I’ve been tackling this week! It was light hearted and fun, and, yes, full of fart jokes (exactly what to expect for this age range). It reminded me a bit of Teen Titans Go! and Dexter’s Lab, with the supervillains and random invention.
There is a bit of a mystery here that felt like a side mission to the overall storyline. The mystery dealt with rocks from landmarks being placed in this town square. The mystery was solved rather easily by the characters and felt like it wasn’t the main point of the story. No, the main part of the story is the friendship and humour.
Steve felt like a mild- middle grade appropriate version of Stewie, full of quips and ready for an evil adventure. Vic, his suoerhero archenemy, and Sierra, love interest, were both cute and quirky. I loved their personalities (do-gooder and smart/cute) and style. I did feel the humor and quips were getting to me near the end – although I feel the same about Teen Titans Go! – love them but in short bursts (I can only handle so many fart jokes 😅).
The arts Tyler was bright and expressive, perfect for this humour filled graphic novel. The artstyle would feel right at home next to Barb the Last Berzerker by Dan Abdo & Jason Patterson and Phoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson.
Overall, I thought this was a fun distraction that I’d be perfectly happy sharing this with my step-niece and -nephew. I think if you (or your tween) enjoyed Teen Titans Go! or Barb the Last Berzerker then you’ll likely enjoy this one too!
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