Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin

Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1

When Chris joins the staff at her local record store, she’s surprised to find out that her co-workers share a secret: they’re all members of a secret fight club that take on the patriarchy and fight crime!Starry-eyed Chris has just started the dream job every outcast kid in town wants: working at Vinyl Mayhem. It's as rad as she imagined; her boss is BOSS, her co-workers spend their time arguing over music, pushing against the patriarchy, a...

Details Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1

TitleHeavy Vinyl, Vol. 1
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherBOOM! Box
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Young Adult, Lgbt, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1

  • Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword
    5 “New favorite” Stars ➽ FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED: I will lead this review with a list of things this graphic novel contains, browse and see if any of those things are for your liking bitch please, I bet everyone will find something, this has all of the best things: ✔ Puerto Rican girl✔ African American girl✔ f/f main couple✔ 2 interracial couples✔Girl with gay dads✔ 2 f/f couples✔ girl on girl crush heaven✔ Music✔ Humor✔...
  • Alison
    This was a gift from Melissa over at The Bookish Babbler on youtube and OMG I LOVED IT.This had empowering females, a fight club, mystery, and music! I thought this was such a unique idea and I was in love with all of the characters. There was a great balance between mystery, action, and personal lives. I'm excited to see where this goes in the future.
  • Devann
    Cute art, cute story, cute girls [that have cute crushes on other cute girls], and awesome music - What's not to like? This is definitely a fun idea for a series and I can't wait for volume 2!Also I sent this page to my friend with the caption "i would be offended by the design of this girl asking where the new placebo album is if it wasn't so spot on" and she replied "lmao who let damien bloodmarch in here" so new headcanon accepted basically ;)
  • Dylan
    4 stars. Kiss ass vigilante club? YES. Queer qirls? YES. A black girl that isn't the "token black character"????? YES YES YES. Was this perfect? No, it was a bit rushed and the characters could use a bit more developement, BUT I NEED VOL 2 ASAP.
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    it's so cute & fun & also so effortlessly diverse!! two biracial couples one of which is sapphic! gay dads! another sapphic couple! black & puerto rican mcs!
  • Chad
    I loved everything about this. It's Empire Records crossed with Scooby Doo (or maybe Buffy without the supernatural). Set in 1998, Chris is the new girl working at the local record store. When the lead singer of a rock band goes missing, her co-workers invite her to join a secret underground fight / detective club. Chris also has a crush on another girl at the record store but doesn't know how she feels. Usdin does a fantastic job of capturing th...
  • Aleksandra
    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH, PLEASE READ IT!Heavy Vinyl is awesome comic about a vynil shop, where all the employees and the boss are ladies, who are also in secret fight vigilante club, set in 1990s, USA! It's lots of fun, it has great diversity and the main arc is about missing music bands.The main character is Chris, she's sixteen, she started working in the shop a month ago, she's crushing on her co-worker Maggie. It's very cute! Then the singer from...
  • rachel
    4.5 stars
  • Bookishrealm
    This was such a cute comic with badass females and LGBT representation. I absolutely loved it. I was amazed by the plot line and the character development. The story was so easy to follow and it definitely kept my attention the entire time. I LOVED it. I can't wait until the second volume is released and I get the opportunity to see where the story goes. This is also a comic that takes place during the 90s so there is a lot of pop culture referen...
  • Gary
    I loved the concept but the execution left me wanting. It reads a little like a TV pilot; introducing lots of potentially interesting characters and ideas before running out of time to do much with them. The 90s setting also felt a little like a plot contrivance. I think the idea would work just as well in a contemporary setting.All that said, I'd totally read a second, more focused volume.
  • ashley (saidthestory)
    I'm sad there isn't more to this story. (Yet!). I found the characters cute and dynamic, while also being easy to relate to. There wasn't too many tropes, and every time I thought there would be, the writers surprised me by NOT doing it. Overall it was a very fun read all about music and girl power and LGBT positivity. Highly Recommend!
  • Sam (she_who_reads_)
    My new favourite graphic novel!! Everything about this made me so happy- a badass group of girls, working in a record store in the 90s? How could it not be my fav?! It’s full of funny, diverse, and all around amazing characters. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next 3 volumes (although I’m super bummed there’s not 1000 volumes) If you’re looking for a great read, look no further.
  • Sascha
    I was really excited for this and hadn't been able to grab a first issue so waited until the first volume was out. I ended up pretty disappointed. I think it comes down to me expecting too much out of Boom Box comics. They are aimed at a younger set, after all.This comic was marketed as a fluffy, lesbian-focused comic about a girl w/ a crush on another girl who works in the same record shop as her. I love music, and was looking forward to an all-...
  • Vanessa
    Volcano girls we really can't be beatWarm us up and watch us blowBut now and then we fail and we admit defeatWe're falling off, we are watered down and fully grown -"Volcano Girls", Veruca SaltThat song has almost nothing to do with this comic, but it's on the suggested playlist in the back of the book. I queued this up and listened to it while I was reading, and everything got so much better suddenly. I thought it was the book for a minute, but ...
  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    Actual rating: 3.5I loved the idea of this one! Female fight club taking down the patriarchy? Music and girl crushes? Plus an awesome art style! This could've made the PERFECT comic. But the story itself was a bit dry at times and the mystery plot felt rushed and overlooked. The characters were rather two-dimensional, except maybe Kennedy, the kickasss African-American assistant manager who I think had a feminist, healthy relationship with her bo...
  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    This was fun! A little bit Empire Records, a little bit Josie and the Pussy Cats (the movie), with bonus vigilante, mystery-solving teen girl gang. I definitely look forward to the next volumes.
  • Basma
    I'm enjoying these quirky, quick, fun and adorable comics that are being published and that are coming up my radar lately. The stories are cute and enjoyable, the characters are diverse, there seems to be a bigger emphasis on feminism and equality, there's always a bit of a cute or cliche romance but it's more focused on the action than the romance and the style of art and coloring is the kind that I love. And this comic is all of the aforementio...
  • Lilith Knight
    WARNING: This review contains *spoilers* because I'm angry and I want to talk about it. Well, this is awkward.Heavy Vinyl gave me strong Spell on Wheels vibes, meaning that it had an interesting concept but the execution was rather poor. To be honest I found it quite problematic. Also, a lot of people seem to love it and I am just not.Heavy Vinyl is catered as a YA lesbian love story, between the main character who works at a record store and h...
  • Bri
    "Well we can't let them do that. Music is about expression and identity. I'm trying to figure out who I am and they're doing literally the opposite of that." YALL!!! This has become one of my new favorite comic series. I read these as individual issues but I was too lazy to count each one as a single book soooo. Anyway we basically follow this group of 5 girls working at a record store in the late 80's and they're part of a fight club. AND THER...
  • Kristin
    Everything in this feels like lip service. The '90s setting, the diversity, even the plot. None of it has any thought or reason behind it. Black girl likes Lauryn Hill, TLC, and hip-hop. Hispanic girl isn't Hispanic until she gets a sudden call from her Papi in the final issue. Everyone's super chill about having two dads or being a gay teen, when that's very much not how the '90s was (It's sadly not even how *now* is).If this had been a fluffy, ...
  • Rod Brown
    It's my second super-diverse disappointingly generic Scooby-Doo adventure in a row. (See Moonstruck, Volume One: Magic to Brew) An appealing cast of characters goes to waste in a silly fight club that also fights crime and a convoluted missing person story that doesn't even wrap up in the first volume. Not sure I care enough to find out how it ends.
  • Heatherblakely
    I grabbed the first volume when I was in San Francisco, and I'm so glad I did! I loved these characters, and watching a girl have a crush on another girl warmed my heart. I want more.
  • Nicole
    I really enjoyed this....although....I think some of the language and relational dynamics are not as common for the 90s but are much more current.... so there's that.... like sometimes it felt more 2000s with 90s nostalgia instead of 1998.... but in general I really liked it....and kind of loved the idea of it....ie....girl vigilante group...record shop...90s....
  • Annise Blanchard
    What an amazing graphic novel series! Based around 4 teenage girls and one super fine store owner working in a records store and fighting the patriarchy. Super feminist, LGBTQ+ friendly, and overall amazing and empowering. I can't wait to read more!
  • BookBlerd
    I liked it fine. The romance between the tomboy music lover & the preppy girl was nice. The artwork had a modern day Archie comics feel.I feel like the premise could've been executed better. I was expecting them to be in a secret band, so was a bit disappointed.
  • Kris Ritchie
    Fantastic start to what might be my favorite Boom Box series since the Backstagers. Having it set in the late 90s also provided me with mini-culture shocks on pop culture refs such as hearing characters talk about catching up on the latest episode of Buffy the Vampire slayer and then referencing season 3 material.
  • Liz
    Queer, feminist scooby doo gang of girls kicking mystery ass, sign me up.
  • rebeca
    please this is so so so so cool i'm the definition of 'heart eyes' right now... i NEED the vol 2!!!!!
  • Lindsey
    I loved that there was not a fantasy element to this book. It is a lot of girl power.
  • Molly Chenault
    Really, fun, love the art!