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Tilly, one of the newest super-powered people to join the Coalition of Heroes, is doing her best to navigate the dizzying world of superheroes. Working with her idols should be a dream come true, but when she learns the truth, Tilly's dream quickly becomes a nightmare. Now, Tilly has to make a choice - Get in line and stand with her heroes, or take a stand and risk becomin Tilly, one of the newest super-powered people to join the Coalition of Heroes, is doing her best to navigate the dizzying world of superheroes. Working with her idols should be a dream come true, but when she learns the truth, Tilly's dream quickly becomes a nightmare. Now, Tilly has to make a choice - Get in line and stand with her heroes, or take a stand and risk becoming something more... Villainous


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Tilly, one of the newest super-powered people to join the Coalition of Heroes, is doing her best to navigate the dizzying world of superheroes. Working with her idols should be a dream come true, but when she learns the truth, Tilly's dream quickly becomes a nightmare. Now, Tilly has to make a choice - Get in line and stand with her heroes, or take a stand and risk becomin Tilly, one of the newest super-powered people to join the Coalition of Heroes, is doing her best to navigate the dizzying world of superheroes. Working with her idols should be a dream come true, but when she learns the truth, Tilly's dream quickly becomes a nightmare. Now, Tilly has to make a choice - Get in line and stand with her heroes, or take a stand and risk becoming something more... Villainous

30 review for Villainous

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Villainous reads like a PG-13 version of The Boys, where the supposed good heroes are actually the baddies, and vice versa. I'm no fan of The Boys, which tends to drown in a pool of abrassive edgelordiness, but this book flips to the other extreme - being a bit bland and toothless. To be fair, this book is aimed at young teens, but that doesn't mean you can't tell a story with a bit more pep. So a young teen superhero joins the good guys, and has to start as an intern to one of the heroes. She qui Villainous reads like a PG-13 version of The Boys, where the supposed good heroes are actually the baddies, and vice versa. I'm no fan of The Boys, which tends to drown in a pool of abrassive edgelordiness, but this book flips to the other extreme - being a bit bland and toothless. To be fair, this book is aimed at young teens, but that doesn't mean you can't tell a story with a bit more pep. So a young teen superhero joins the good guys, and has to start as an intern to one of the heroes. She quickly finds out these people are rotten, by overhearing her assigned hero saying a visiting UK ambassador will be murdered. Now, it seems there are a lot of interns beside her, and supposedly new interns join every year or so, which should mean it's almost impossible to keep these nefarious intentions a secret, I'd think? Follows another four issues of thwarting and being thwarted, and it's actually a bit surprising how slow the book feels, after that hyperpaced introduction. The superhero characters are just a bit generic, and there is never a feeling of cameraderie between them. The book also suffers a bit from Umbrella Academy Syndrome, where pretty much all the unnamed heroes in the background look more interesting than the main cast. The art follows in that blandness, although now and then the art takes on a goofy style for a frame or so, and I wish the whole book had been done in that style. Those glimmers look at least a bit more interesting and fun. (Picked up an ARC through Edelweiss)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A new intern joins the world's super hero team only to find out things are not what they seem. Now framed for her own murder, she joins the "villains" to take down the heroes. There's some good concepts here but it's not fleshed out enough or earned. It's like the outline of a story as opposed to the actual story. The art is serviceable until it's gets to the action sequences. The art suddenly gets very cartoony and stretched out in those scenes, reducing the believability. Received a review copy A new intern joins the world's super hero team only to find out things are not what they seem. Now framed for her own murder, she joins the "villains" to take down the heroes. There's some good concepts here but it's not fleshed out enough or earned. It's like the outline of a story as opposed to the actual story. The art is serviceable until it's gets to the action sequences. The art suddenly gets very cartoony and stretched out in those scenes, reducing the believability. Received a review copy from Mad Cave Studios and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Sledge

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Tilly, a young reptilian superhero-in-training gets pulled into the twisted world of the Coalition of Heroes. She realizes quickly that those painted out to be Villains by the Coalition may not be as harmful as they seen, with the Coalition not as innocent. Will Tilly find he way in the Coalition, or see herself become something more....Villainous This was a great read! I really enjoyed the characters and the st Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Tilly, a young reptilian superhero-in-training gets pulled into the twisted world of the Coalition of Heroes. She realizes quickly that those painted out to be Villains by the Coalition may not be as harmful as they seen, with the Coalition not as innocent. Will Tilly find he way in the Coalition, or see herself become something more....Villainous This was a great read! I really enjoyed the characters and the story as it picked up steam. While this only compiles the first five issues, one could easily read this as a completed work if they so chose. I, personally, look forward to seeing how the story plays out for Tilly and how her family adapts to the new world. The artwork was stunning and the layout was very simple to follow. I highly recommend this to anyone 12+ who is looking for something similar to Renegades by Marissa Meyer or a much toned down version of Amazon's The Boys. Five exploding stars from me, what a fun ride!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Villainous in exchange for an honest review! I'm obsessed with morally grey stories so I was really excited to read Villainous, but since it never takes the time to develop any of its characters, what could have been a really great, grey superhero story fell really, really flat. Because of that, nothing that happened here felt at all unique and there was nothing really left for me to connect to or latch onto. I also wasn't a super big fan of the ar Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Villainous in exchange for an honest review! I'm obsessed with morally grey stories so I was really excited to read Villainous, but since it never takes the time to develop any of its characters, what could have been a really great, grey superhero story fell really, really flat. Because of that, nothing that happened here felt at all unique and there was nothing really left for me to connect to or latch onto. I also wasn't a super big fan of the art style so there just wasn't any appeal here for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    trishla ⚡ | YourLocalBookReader

    3 stars. This is a great graphic novel of the hero's really being the bad guys. Gives me real "the Boys" vibes. Since the book is aimed at teens, there's definitely less graphic violence than in the TV show, which I appreciated. I thought the plot was overall enjoyable, if a tad bit predictable. The rep in the book was good, but it could have been better. In a world full of superheros, I should be able to see all skin tones and genders represented. I think part of the issue with this it that the 3 stars. This is a great graphic novel of the hero's really being the bad guys. Gives me real "the Boys" vibes. Since the book is aimed at teens, there's definitely less graphic violence than in the TV show, which I appreciated. I thought the plot was overall enjoyable, if a tad bit predictable. The rep in the book was good, but it could have been better. In a world full of superheros, I should be able to see all skin tones and genders represented. I think part of the issue with this it that there's a lot going on in one novel. I feel like it could have been split into two issues to better flesh out the story. I didn't feel enough growth on Tilly's side, nor did I feel any real camaraderie between the "villains". They might have all been working together, but I felt like more could have been done to establish their friendship. Also this might be a small plot issue but in the final scene Tilly says that Pillar killed Two Spirit, but he's clearly seen later on in the issue alive and well. Find me on: instagram The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Curious Wanderer

    Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a look at this superhero graphic novel! ^^ This graphic novel about a lizard girl Tilly joining the villains after being defamed by the heroes. Yeah it goes to show, you can’t always trust heroes as the good guys whether it be fictional or not! As much as the story was quick enough for 119 pages, at least it gives you a satisfying ending! I mean dang, Tilly is such a badass that you feel sorry for her that she was betrayed by the “heroes”, well it Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a look at this superhero graphic novel! ^^ This graphic novel about a lizard girl Tilly joining the villains after being defamed by the heroes. Yeah it goes to show, you can’t always trust heroes as the good guys whether it be fictional or not! As much as the story was quick enough for 119 pages, at least it gives you a satisfying ending! I mean dang, Tilly is such a badass that you feel sorry for her that she was betrayed by the “heroes”, well it was their loss anyways! It’s good to read something different and refreshing than your typical superhero stuff!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amethyst

    I really liked the story of this book. The introduction to the characters made is easy to understand where everything and everyone stands. The art style is really cool and the story is engaging. The plot shows perfectly that not everything is what it seems and not everyone is who we think they are.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Markus

    Villainous was an enjoyable enough tale, if highly predictable since its plot line is one we've all seen many times before. But the illustration was okay and reading it was a pleasant way to pass an entertaining half an hour. This is not a book I'd rush to return to again and again, but it has something to offer fans of the superhero genre, so if you like superhero stories and graphic novels, it is worth checking out. It gets 3.5 stars from me. Good, just nothing new or surprising. I received thi Villainous was an enjoyable enough tale, if highly predictable since its plot line is one we've all seen many times before. But the illustration was okay and reading it was a pleasant way to pass an entertaining half an hour. This is not a book I'd rush to return to again and again, but it has something to offer fans of the superhero genre, so if you like superhero stories and graphic novels, it is worth checking out. It gets 3.5 stars from me. Good, just nothing new or surprising. I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Thank you to NetGalley, Diamond Book Distributors, Mad Cave Studios, Stonie Williams, and Jef Sadzinski for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I requested Villainous for its claim to being for fans of "The Boys," among other things. It certainly had that vibe. Tilly is a lizard-girl who has just been assigned as a sidekick to one of the top-ranking heroes of the Coalition of Heroes, or COH. When Tilly overhears that her lead hero plans on murdering someone, she qu Thank you to NetGalley, Diamond Book Distributors, Mad Cave Studios, Stonie Williams, and Jef Sadzinski for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I requested Villainous for its claim to being for fans of "The Boys," among other things. It certainly had that vibe. Tilly is a lizard-girl who has just been assigned as a sidekick to one of the top-ranking heroes of the Coalition of Heroes, or COH. When Tilly overhears that her lead hero plans on murdering someone, she questions everything the COH stands for. Going to the head hero only causes more problems, leading Tilly to join the side of the villains. It turns out the ones seen as villains by society are actually the ones trying to do good, while those who society deems as heroes have dastardly villainous plans. I enjoyed the premise and the art, though I would have liked the story to revolve around Tilly a bit more. She was very important and has a great amount to put forth, but there were some scenes that I just did not care about. The detectives seemed unnecessary and the use of media on heroes and villains could have kept the conflict between themselves. A decent read that comes to a wholesome conclusion, though there is certainly potential for more in this universe.

  10. 5 out of 5

    veronica

    This was a quick, fun read, it kept me entertained. The story and the premise was good however it has the potential to be so much more, especially the characters and their relationships who I thought were really interesting but I wish they were more complex. I feel like this would be a five star read if the plot was properly developed. I like the art style, it fits the story well despite the action scenes being confusing at times.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Skye LaReine

    "Villainous" is an action-packed, intriguing, fun-to-read comic. I could barely put it down after starting and when I reached the end, I kept going back to stare at some of my favorite panels and to re-read some of my favorite moments. The deconstruction of what makes a hero and what makes a villain is a solid plot without becoming too bogged down with hitting readers over the head with the message. While the story is plot-driven more than character-driven, which leads to the reading feeling lik "Villainous" is an action-packed, intriguing, fun-to-read comic. I could barely put it down after starting and when I reached the end, I kept going back to stare at some of my favorite panels and to re-read some of my favorite moments. The deconstruction of what makes a hero and what makes a villain is a solid plot without becoming too bogged down with hitting readers over the head with the message. While the story is plot-driven more than character-driven, which leads to the reading feeling like a well-oiled machine, the story was never boring. If I had to give it one flaw, it's that the story's trajectory is quite obvious from the beginning and there were few other surprises to be found in the narrative. Speaking of the characters (and their designs), they have to be one of the best parts of this comic. Tilly, the main character, is a lizard-girl who made me smile every time she moved lizard-like and slipped deeper into her villainous/heroic lifestyle. Pillar, a hero, is a great juxtaposition to her as she appears human and dressed in white. Looking at them, with Tilly dressed in dark colors, it's easy to see how there could be a stereotyped view of which is the villain and which is the hero. The other villains and heroes are also eye-candy to look at with a mix of modern and more classic superhero designs, which makes them all look like their starring in different superhero flicks. They all look cool and I could see cosplays from this series being a real, exciting possibility at post-COVID conventions. I highly encourage you add this to your TBR list if you like superheroes, villains, and anti-heroes. You won't be disappointed with this excellent comic book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lars Conner

    Villainous (Issues 1-5) - Stonie Williams - 4/5 Stars Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. An exciting twist on what is becoming a classic trope of the superheroes not always being the heroes the world needs or deserves. This take on the trope had many elements I hadn't seen done before. I definitely suggest giving this comic a read. I want to start off by saying I loved this book. I hadn't heard about this comic before getting the o Villainous (Issues 1-5) - Stonie Williams - 4/5 Stars Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. An exciting twist on what is becoming a classic trope of the superheroes not always being the heroes the world needs or deserves. This take on the trope had many elements I hadn't seen done before. I definitely suggest giving this comic a read. I want to start off by saying I loved this book. I hadn't heard about this comic before getting the opportunity to read this collection of the first 5 volumes. I now can't wait to get my hands on the 6th issue. There were 2 things that stood out to me that made this book one of the best takes on the bad heroes trope that I've seen. Firstly is the perspectives that we get to see. In the past, I've seen the hero organization that has a dark secret and the villains that are actually trying to do good, but this book brings in other perspectives as well. We see a newscast, both when the only reliable source of info is the Coalition of Heroes, and later when the public is confused about who is telling the truth. We see a pair of detectives throughout the story as they wrestle with more and more information suggesting the heroes might not be all they say they are. And we also get social media feeds, which are a wonderful way to quickly inform on multiple public opinions. In 2 panels, I knew how the public felt whether they were on the side of the heroes, the villains, or on the fence, not sure what to think. Secondly, one thing I loved about this take was that the villains didn't have to stay super virtuous to "prove" they were the good guys. As a result, as the series progresses, the villains won't continue to beat their heads against the Coalition in the same form. The Coalition will have to change drastically before issue 6 and I am incredibly excited to see that development take place. If superhero comics are your thing, definitely give this a read. The art style and text density remind me of a mainline superhero comic a la Marvel or DC. But the subject matter is that of one of a story that started on the fringes and is becoming mainstream, and for a good reason. The heroes secretly being the bad guys isn't new at this point, but I love these stories and every time I read them they're something different.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sara Milioni di Particelle

    *I received this book thanks to Netgalley and the publisher in exchange of honest review* Villainous is certainly a particular graphic novel. It's about super heroes but also how they came to become villains or evil. The story begins with Tilly having to do an internship in the company of the most famous heroes in the world, the coalition of heroes. It is a company that hires many new "freshmen" every year. Tilly is one of them and when she discovers a very important secret within the company whe *I received this book thanks to Netgalley and the publisher in exchange of honest review* Villainous is certainly a particular graphic novel. It's about super heroes but also how they came to become villains or evil. The story begins with Tilly having to do an internship in the company of the most famous heroes in the world, the coalition of heroes. It is a company that hires many new "freshmen" every year. Tilly is one of them and when she discovers a very important secret within the company where famous heroes are not what they seem, the girl / heroine is pushed aside and accused of being a dangerous terrorist. It is there that he will meet The shadow Order, the banned, the exiles, the super heroes who have been removed from the company because they believed in the right things and not in falsehood and in killing innocents using the false mask of the hero. The characters are well constructed and I liked the story as a whole but I found some things that didn't completely freak me out. Certainly the fact that everything was compressed into a single fast volume when it needed at least two volumes, certainly for how the beginning develops and for how Tilly is taken and downloaded. All too fast, weird and confuses the reader temporarily; the volume therefore does not let itself be loved as it should therefore. As well as the ending, everything seems to run fast, you have to hurry to finish the volume. Power utilization also seems very poor at first and isn't presented much so much that I even doubted the story was about real super heroes. Tilly's power also seems to be unclear and it becomes clear after a while that the story has caught on. Surely this story will be loved a lot by lovers of super hero comics. I found it with drawings very much in line and in the style of old marvel comics or similar, so I definitely point in favor for this. Hope you will like it, let me know.

  14. 4 out of 5

    river ☾*✲⋆

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this eARC in exchange for a honest review. 'Villainous' is a graphic novel about Matilda, or Tilly as people call her. She is a reptilian and a superhero. We follow her when she is going to start a new job, with the rolemodels that she's had since she was a child, called the coalition of heroes. But she starts ro realize that her heroes arent so innocent.... I likes this book! at first it was kind off predictable but i really liked how Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this eARC in exchange for a honest review. 'Villainous' is a graphic novel about Matilda, or Tilly as people call her. She is a reptilian and a superhero. We follow her when she is going to start a new job, with the rolemodels that she's had since she was a child, called the coalition of heroes. But she starts ro realize that her heroes arent so innocent.... I likes this book! at first it was kind off predictable but i really liked how fast things escalated! Other than that I wished to have more of Tilly's backstory like who is she? and the other characters, who are they? hopefully that will be discussed in other novels. The reason i gave this 3/5 star is because i simply felt that it wasnt really there for me to rate it 4/5 stars. I think that people who like morally grey heroes and the book ' renegades ' by marissa meyer will like this one, since its a very quick read and it wasnt boring.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Odom

    Spoiler free review: First off I want to thank Netgalley for sending me this e-arc in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to rate this graphic novel in 2 different categories: art and story. The art was was very unique. I found myself drawn to the cover of the novel and I knew I had to read it. When I got into it, I was completely surprised. I didn't expect the style to be so dark, and grungy, and creepy. If your into art styles like that I think you'll really like Villainous. At times it beca Spoiler free review: First off I want to thank Netgalley for sending me this e-arc in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to rate this graphic novel in 2 different categories: art and story. The art was was very unique. I found myself drawn to the cover of the novel and I knew I had to read it. When I got into it, I was completely surprised. I didn't expect the style to be so dark, and grungy, and creepy. If your into art styles like that I think you'll really like Villainous. At times it became somewhat confusing though. I would have to do a double take to see what just happened. The story was kind of cliche but original at the same time. I liked how the villains were the heroes and vice versa. The plot of the story could have been expanded on more. It felt very rushed and I think that if some areas were talked about less and others talked about more, it would have been much better. All in all, it was a quick read with a super cool art style.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Diamond Book Distributors - Mad Cave Studios in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I loved this book from beginning to end. Everything from the characters, plot, theme, climax and color scheme was brilliantly done. It brought the story to life and it just made it that much easier to follow along and be invested from beginning to end. I know what it is like to "meet your heroes" and have them no This book was received as an ARC from Diamond Book Distributors - Mad Cave Studios in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I loved this book from beginning to end. Everything from the characters, plot, theme, climax and color scheme was brilliantly done. It brought the story to life and it just made it that much easier to follow along and be invested from beginning to end. I know what it is like to "meet your heroes" and have them not be who you thought they were and then on top of all of that, you were part of a scheme that seals your fate and everyone else's and the courage and bravery Tilly showed through the whole book. I know this book will have a cult following at our library and we can't wait to share it with them. We will consider adding this title to our Graphic Novel collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dame Samara

    I enjoyed this a lot, mostly because Tilly is awesome, and sweet. I really appreciated watching her grow as I read this because we honestly could see her growth from beginning to end. I also enjoyed that the new and interesting super powers that some of the other characters had it didn't feel like the same old same old, What I didn't feel like I enjoyed was how the idea of "fake news" ended up being tangled into the story. Maybe because it is already something touted as way to rebuke someone by t I enjoyed this a lot, mostly because Tilly is awesome, and sweet. I really appreciated watching her grow as I read this because we honestly could see her growth from beginning to end. I also enjoyed that the new and interesting super powers that some of the other characters had it didn't feel like the same old same old, What I didn't feel like I enjoyed was how the idea of "fake news" ended up being tangled into the story. Maybe because it is already something touted as way to rebuke someone by the right. Seeing it even fictionalized makes me grit my teeth because it feels like there isn't an escape from it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ani - Ani Reads

    Villainous follows Tilly, who is starting her internship at the Coalition of Heroes. Tilly is incredibly excited, and can't wait to start training and become one of their sidekicks. However, Tilly finds out that the heroes she's been looking up to her entire life, might not be as good as they pretend to be. Does that mean that the villains aren't as bad as they're made out to be? This is a PERFECT graphic novel if you're just starting reading them. I don't often read graphic novels, but when I do Villainous follows Tilly, who is starting her internship at the Coalition of Heroes. Tilly is incredibly excited, and can't wait to start training and become one of their sidekicks. However, Tilly finds out that the heroes she's been looking up to her entire life, might not be as good as they pretend to be. Does that mean that the villains aren't as bad as they're made out to be? This is a PERFECT graphic novel if you're just starting reading them. I don't often read graphic novels, but when I do, I often struggle with following the story. This was most definitely not the case with Villainous. The story was easy to follow, and some facial expressions of characters are EXQUISITE (not to mention the art itself, which is stunning). I do wish that the story was a bit longer, so more attention could be given to the backstory of the 'villains'. I'm not sure if there will be other graphic novels about these characters. If that's the case, I'd love a little more character development! But maybe that's the novel reader in me. ;)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dean Asquith

    A breath of fresh air into superhero comics! A fantastic mix between Justice League and X-Men with a main character that I for one, felt an attachment towards. She was a junior hero that aspired to be everything her personal hero was, or so she thought… My first steps into a Mad Cave Studios story was a joyous one. I loved the setting, the theming and the style of writing. Stonie Williams has served up a delectable buffet or twists, turns, mystery, emotion and conflict. Testament to his writing w A breath of fresh air into superhero comics! A fantastic mix between Justice League and X-Men with a main character that I for one, felt an attachment towards. She was a junior hero that aspired to be everything her personal hero was, or so she thought… My first steps into a Mad Cave Studios story was a joyous one. I loved the setting, the theming and the style of writing. Stonie Williams has served up a delectable buffet or twists, turns, mystery, emotion and conflict. Testament to his writing was my hatred for the villain, love for the ‘goodies’ and my ‘just one more page’ attitude when reading. Superb art from Jeferson Sadzinski compliments Stonies’ writing brilliantly, I especially enjoyed the way a characters facial expressions pop with a degree of over exaggeration, it really was a shock at first as I haven’t really encountered this style before but i soon got used to and loved forward to seeing it again. If you're looking for an alternative to the ‘big 2’ superhero comics then you don’t have to look any further than this gem. Villainous will provide sustenance to any appetite for good ol’ fashioned good vs evil stories. I am extremely happy to have come across this comic, I look forward to potential future continuations of Tilly’s villain story. "You wanted to play rough, so let's play rough!" - Sedition

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a look at this superhero graphic novel eARC! This graphic novel is about a lizard girl Tilly joining the villains after being framed by the "heroes" for her own murder. Yeah, we've seen this plot twist in The Boys but this is less edgelord. It goes to show, you can’t always trust heroes as the good guys whether it be fictional or not! The story was a quick read at 119 pages but at least it gives you a satisfying ending! Tilly is such a badass that Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a look at this superhero graphic novel eARC! This graphic novel is about a lizard girl Tilly joining the villains after being framed by the "heroes" for her own murder. Yeah, we've seen this plot twist in The Boys but this is less edgelord. It goes to show, you can’t always trust heroes as the good guys whether it be fictional or not! The story was a quick read at 119 pages but at least it gives you a satisfying ending! Tilly is such a badass that you root for her throughout the book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mar

    This was fun!!! I loved the art style and how engaging the story was. I really liked the "villains" and tilly was such a fantastic character to read about. I really like the gray morality here though I admit this reminded me of "The Boys" a little bit, but with its own spin. This was overall a super fun comic book to read. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This was fun!!! I loved the art style and how engaging the story was. I really liked the "villains" and tilly was such a fantastic character to read about. I really like the gray morality here though I admit this reminded me of "The Boys" a little bit, but with its own spin. This was overall a super fun comic book to read. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing this copy of Villainous in exchange for an honest review. Villainous is a graphic novel that turns the classic hero and villain tropes on their heads. Our main character Tilly is a sidekick in training and thinks the best news she's ever received is when she's told she's been assigned to the Coalitions big hero Showdown. On her first day as his sidekick, however, Tilly learns of a sinister plot and discovers that maybe her heroes aren't exactly the saviors tha Thank you to NetGalley for providing this copy of Villainous in exchange for an honest review. Villainous is a graphic novel that turns the classic hero and villain tropes on their heads. Our main character Tilly is a sidekick in training and thinks the best news she's ever received is when she's told she's been assigned to the Coalitions big hero Showdown. On her first day as his sidekick, however, Tilly learns of a sinister plot and discovers that maybe her heroes aren't exactly the saviors that the world thinks they are. Making the choice to do what her heart was telling her was the right thing, Tilly joins up with the stories villains who call themselves The Shadow Order. Together, the story's so called 'Villains' must try to save the world even if that means being the bad guy in the eyes of the people that they're trying to save. I found this to be such a refreshing twist on what one would usually expect when picking up a comic or graphic novel that centers around the stereotypical superhero. Villainous forces you to consider whether or not the people in power are the ones that should be in power and if everyone who is labeled a 'villain' is truly the bad guy. Full of art that you could expect from any big name comic publisher, it's hard not to enjoy the atmosphere that you find yourself in while reading. From likable characters to ones you just can't stand, you'll find yourself utterly enthralled by this creative and refreshing take. My only complaint is that things do happen quite quickly and it's sometimes a bit hard to follow along with all of the characters being introduced. With so many names and people and faces, it's quite difficult to get attached to many of the characters including the main protagonist, Tilly. With this being said, the plot was enjoyable enough that I almost didn't mind the lack of characterization.

  23. 4 out of 5

    sassyspines

    As soon as I saw the cover for Villainous, I was so excited to read this. I absolutely loved the art style of the story, and the storyline seemed to flow. This story (Issues 1-5) follows a cast of characters as they face various challenges along their journey. The story prompts the reader to think. Are all heroes truly good? Or are the "villains" the ones we should be seeking for protection? I love stories that contemplate and change the typical setup of good vs. evil, and this story definitely d As soon as I saw the cover for Villainous, I was so excited to read this. I absolutely loved the art style of the story, and the storyline seemed to flow. This story (Issues 1-5) follows a cast of characters as they face various challenges along their journey. The story prompts the reader to think. Are all heroes truly good? Or are the "villains" the ones we should be seeking for protection? I love stories that contemplate and change the typical setup of good vs. evil, and this story definitely does just that. We follow several characters including, Tilly, who is chosen to be a hero's sidekick and train to be the best. So, what can go wrong? The Coalition of Heroes is the place to become the best you can, but it is not all it is cracked up to be. The heroes include Pillar, the one in charge, Showdown, and Miss Nemesis. Then we have The Shadow Order (aka our Villains) includes Sedition, December, and The Headhunter. Throughout the story, we are able to see several of our characters change, including Tilly. Tilly sees everything for what it is, and she has to decide what she is willing to do. We have showdown scenes, high stakes, death, and more throughout each of the five issues. I enjoyed this story and cannot wait to read the next installment! I am looking forward to learning and reading more regarding the backstory of a couple of characters. The ending of Villainous leaves us wondering what is in store for the characters along their journey. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a copy and the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

    I felt that this book was too rushed to fully reach its potential. I found the art style to be unique and interesting, but the pacing went by too quickly through several large plot twists and events. With the proper pacing, this could've easily been divided into two books. I found it difficult to connect with the characters, especially Tilly, the protagonist, as I couldn't even tell what her superpower was supposed to be. This comic relied on a trope I love, with the subversion of who the hero a I felt that this book was too rushed to fully reach its potential. I found the art style to be unique and interesting, but the pacing went by too quickly through several large plot twists and events. With the proper pacing, this could've easily been divided into two books. I found it difficult to connect with the characters, especially Tilly, the protagonist, as I couldn't even tell what her superpower was supposed to be. This comic relied on a trope I love, with the subversion of who the hero and villain are, but the rushed storytelling failed to explore all of the potential to make it a unique story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Larakaa

    Nice take on the superhero genre. 3.5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin Mendoza

    This was a short graphic novel about heroes and...villains? Or is it. Matilda is recruited by the Coalition of Heroes to train as a sidekick to their #! hero, Showdown. Her first day isn't all it's cracked up to be when Showdown gives her a long list of chores to do. As she's leaving HQ at night, she overhears something she shouldn't and her life gets turned upside down. This reminded me a lot of The Boys (on Amazon). Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC to review. This was a short graphic novel about heroes and...villains? Or is it. Matilda is recruited by the Coalition of Heroes to train as a sidekick to their #! hero, Showdown. Her first day isn't all it's cracked up to be when Showdown gives her a long list of chores to do. As she's leaving HQ at night, she overhears something she shouldn't and her life gets turned upside down. This reminded me a lot of The Boys (on Amazon). Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC to review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenine

    If you enjoyed Amazon Prime's The Boys series I highly recommend this graphic novel. The action moves quickly through the book and gave a fast paced superhero drama. It really does give that "there are two sides to every story" kind of vibe that I did not hate. Recommend to fans who are in need of a little bit of superhero kicks. If you enjoyed Amazon Prime's The Boys series I highly recommend this graphic novel. The action moves quickly through the book and gave a fast paced superhero drama. It really does give that "there are two sides to every story" kind of vibe that I did not hate. Recommend to fans who are in need of a little bit of superhero kicks.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julia Pika

    Received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Villainous" follows lizard girl Tilly as she becomes a superhero's sidekick only to be dismayed to find out the heroes are not really...that heroic. I liked the art style, it was fast-paced but willing to go wild and fun during fight scenes. As reviews have said, this is pretty cookie cutter and predictable, but honestly, it was still pretty entertaining otherwise. It's like a really tame and less...adult version of "The Boys Received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. "Villainous" follows lizard girl Tilly as she becomes a superhero's sidekick only to be dismayed to find out the heroes are not really...that heroic. I liked the art style, it was fast-paced but willing to go wild and fun during fight scenes. As reviews have said, this is pretty cookie cutter and predictable, but honestly, it was still pretty entertaining otherwise. It's like a really tame and less...adult version of "The Boys" graphic novel. Tilly was my favorite! The actual villains were pretty boring though, except for their boss. The Wilson Fisk copycat made me laugh though. This is a good introduction for teens looking to read a nicer version of "The Boys" and think about worlds where heroes aren't so heroic after all. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Monica M M

    Fantastic YA superhero grafic novel. It is like a YA version of "The Boys"or a darker version of "Renegades" by Marissa Meyers. What makes you a hero and would you become a villan to be a savior? Naive Rep-Tilly starts as an enthusiastic hero in training but quickly finds she is gravely mistaken on who the good guys are. Loved the art style and can't wait to for more in the series to come out. So many more characters I hope we get to see more of in future stories. Tilly is Queen!! Thank you to Ne Fantastic YA superhero grafic novel. It is like a YA version of "The Boys"or a darker version of "Renegades" by Marissa Meyers. What makes you a hero and would you become a villan to be a savior? Naive Rep-Tilly starts as an enthusiastic hero in training but quickly finds she is gravely mistaken on who the good guys are. Loved the art style and can't wait to for more in the series to come out. So many more characters I hope we get to see more of in future stories. Tilly is Queen!! Thank you to NetGalley and Mad Cave Studios for an advanced copy for review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    It’s bright, it’s fun, it’s easy to follow. The illustrations are action packed and bright. I can see my kids enjoying these when they’re teens Thanks Netgalley for the copy to read.

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