O’Neill’s third solo graphic novel delivers an eco-feminist message with her signature gentleness and warmth.
Lana and her dad haven’t been back to their seaside hometown since her mother died during a storm. After yet another storm hits the cove, however, the duo return from the city to help clean up the small town and see Lana’s aunt Mae. Visiting the beach for the first time in years, Lana is awed to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical sea creatures that as babies look like sea horses and when grown look like winged mer-unicorns. Lana soon learns that the community’s overfishing and use of plastic nets is affecting the tempestuous weather, destroying the cove’s reef, and slowly killing the colony of Aquicorns. As another storm brews, Lana learns that her community’s adults have been willfully ignorant of their destructive way of life, and she takes it upon herself to convince her aunt and their community to create a sustainable and harmonious future. O’Neill’s art is soft and expressive, with a bright, warm color palette and lush landscapes. Lana has peachy skin and red hair, Aunt Mae has brown skin and black hair, and her small community is full of diverse skin tones and hints of diverse attraction.
Readers will eagerly dive into O’Neill’s latest world. Enchanting. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)