Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!
Y’all... I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.
A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.
Many people were raving about this comic so I decided to pick it up on a whim one day at the bookstore.
I have to say that I really loved the artwork style of this one. Each character looked different and it was easy to tell who was who the entire time. I often run into the issue while reading manga that I can not tell some of them apart so I enjoyed this change.
As far as storyline goes I thought it was cute how he wanted to be part of the hockey team, bake pies, and also embrace his sexuality. I liked that the group of hockey players were really open to allowing Bitty to be exactly who he wanted to be.
After that the comic just did not work for me. I hated that every time the author would really make some significant headway into a bigger scene or emotional outburst it was shut down by the strip ending and the next second would not even talk about it. Cliffhangers with no ending or explanation. If this was done a few times then I would have forgiven it but it was done over and over again. I just felt like there was not a resolution to the things Bitty was feeling. Plus while I did like the romance I did feel that it sort of happened quickly and without any feeling. I ultimately just think this comic didn’t let us into the emotions of the characters that well.