The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin

The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1

When Charlie transfers to the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, she struggles to find her feet, but winds up exactly where she the school’s (terrible) basketball team.As a transfer student to the Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, former sports star Charlie is struggling to find her classes, her dorm, and her place amongst a student body full of artists who seem to know exactly where th...

Details The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1

TitleThe Avant-Guards, Vol. 1
Release DateSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherBOOM! Box
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, LGBT, Comics

Reviews The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    This was SO MUCH FUN! I absolutely loved the characters and I cannot wait to read more of their story. My only complaint is that I wish this had been longer! Not a ton happened in this first bind up and I NEED MOOOOOORE
  • ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
    [ e-ARC received from NetGalley ]Wait! That’s it?! OH. MY. GOSHHHHH. You can’t end like this. I want to know more now. ㅠ—ㅠ By the way, this book is AMAZING and AWESOME !!!Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios so much for providing this book to me to read. 🏀
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel:*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*Charlie transfers to Georgia O'Keefe College of Arts and subtle Dramatics, where she is approached by a ragtag group of girls to join their new basketball team. This was so much fun to read! I've been playing basketball for my entire life so I loved the focus ...
  • Schizanthus
    I’ve been hovering between ‘will I or won’t I?’ since I first saw this graphic novel listed on NetGalley. I loved the blurb but sports and I don’t mix so well, unless movie marathons or TV series hurdles somehow became Olympic events while I was busy binge watching. I saw some early reviews of this Volume that told me I didn’t have to adore basketball to fall in love with this story so I finally decided to give it a go and, great news...
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. This was a nice comic about a newly formed and diverse basketball team with a cute developing f/f romance. I really like the art and it made the story easy and relaxing to follow. There's also not a lot of basketball talk and the focus is more on the characters and friendships, at least so far, which I personally really lik...
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    HELLO I'M LEA AND I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH A NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES!!!!This is such a fantastic graphic novel, featuring an amazing cast of diverse characters. We have several queer characters, one character uses they/them pronouns: There's also so many characters of colour.I am usually not one to go for stories about sports but the art just makes even that aspect so much fun for me! And honestly the goofy characters alone are just 100% worth...
  • Emma
    The ARC of this comic book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had been eyeing this comic book for a while and I was so happy to get the chance to review the bind-up first volume in advance.This was a very cute read. The artwork is very nice and I loved the palette of colors they used, it was such a nice choice. The story is funny and cute. This basketball team is composed by a group of weirdos, as Char...
  • mahana (moved accounts)
    representation: sapphic mc's, characters of colour, trans characterI requested this without knowing anything about it because I adored Carly Usdin's Heavy Vinyl, and this was no exception. The Avant-Guards follows Georgia, a transfer at the College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics after her basketball career wasn't successful. She struggles to fit in and find friends until she stumbles across their unfinished basketball team, and the captain, Liv, w...
  • Chad
    If I was a tween girl, I'd probably love this. Alas I'm not, and this just seemed boring and pointless. It's about some girls in college who start a basketball team. That's the whole extent of the story, or lack thereof. It reminded me of a sports manga, but without any of the drama. Received a review copy from Boom and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
  • ngọc ♡
    4/5 EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL IS SO CUTE!!!Sorry for all the screaming, but!! The Avant-Guards really got me squealing and grinning with all the fluff!!! The story begins with Charlie Bravo, a former basketball star and transfer student at Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, as she tries to find her place in this new environment. During the student activities fair, she meets the Avant-Guards—the barely-formed bask...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    This was EVERYTHING.It was funny and adorable, with gorgeous artwork, basketball, college life and a wonderfully diverse cast of characters I’m already obsessed with (rep wise, there are multiple queer characters, a budding f/f romance, multiple POC characters, a character who uses they/them pronouns and anxiety rep). Plus, there are SO MANY PUPPIES.I need volume two in my hands, like, yesterday.
  • Anna Banana
    3.5 starsThis was cute but felt kinda like a middle-grade/YA book when I was expecting something different since they're in college. I like all the rep though and the art is really pretty.
  • Ms. Arca
    This is EVERYTHING. Everything I tell you. I need the entire series. Hilarious, relatable, relevant, sweet.. tons of fun. Love the diverse cast of characters .. love the jokes, the texting features, the internal monologues.. this is so perfectly done I honestly don’t have the words right now. It’s basketball! It’s art school! It’s super queer and fluid! It’s fun/funny n’ cute. Sigh. Also the MC is totally my mom. Spunky black girl wit...
  • Alison
    4.5 STARSDespite what I thought, this is NOT middle grade and not only focusing on sports. It's about team work and friends and finding "your people" and having fun. Most of the characters seem to be in the LGBTQ+ community, and one has the pronouns of They so I appreciated the diversity!It was a cute read too!
  • Alex
    I was provided a review copy via Net Galley. All opinions are my own. I NEED MORE. REP: trans girl, non-binary, queer characters, POC, anxiety & panic attacks I was so invested in this story and the characters! What a great, diverse, queer story. I laughed so much during this and ah, I just loved it so much. It was so pure but also talked about mental health and break-ups. The illustrations were very colorful and detailed, I was fully immersed in...
  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    A snappy and spunky sports graphic novel with lots of heart and basketball. What a cute way to spend a Saturday afternoon. :)
  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    Review to come. I read this super early, not sure why. This definitely has potential but I wasn't sold completely on some of the characters or story line.
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    A sports comic? With lots and lots of queer people? And absolutely incredibly art? YES. THIS WAS AMAZING.
  • Ana // TheBooktarian
    Review to come!
  • Natalie
    This comic just slam dunked my heart.(does that make sense, I don't know. But the point is, I LOVED IT)Charlie Bravo has just transferred to Georgia O'Keefe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics and while at the student activities fair, she bumps into Liv, an energetic student looking for someone to fill the last spot on her basketball team. Charlie seems perfect for the spot (and is kind of cute) according to Liv and she won't take no for an answ...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    A group of weirdos forms a basketball team—the first ever NCAA Division IV League—comprised of girls from various arts schools, and tries to recruit Charlie into their midst.Oh be still my heart!This was damn adorable. So cute. Much queerness.Charlie was awesome (although I wished that the army-green jacket and dog tags had meant she was a recently discharged soldier—that would have added some much needed for me nuance because I want to see...
  • Susana
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.3.5 stars ⭐This book is about:Charlie who transfers to a new college and is convinced to join the school's (terrible) basketball team by the team captain Liv and the rest of her crew. Thorough it, she makes new friends and although she's decided to leave hardcore competition behind her back, Charlie realises that maybe going back to her passion is just what she needs.P...
  • Basma
    This was a fun, adorable and enjoyable read. I remember someone saying before that one of the reasons some adults are veering towards reading more young adult is because we did not have these kind of diverse and inclusive stories when we were younger and I couldn't agree more, specifically with comics like this. I loved it and I love that there are publishing houses now that offer spaces for more inclusive stories.This is a story about Charlie wh...
  • cafeyre
    Charlie is a transfer student in Georgia O'Keeffe College of Arts. During the first day, she meets a group of friends, which offers her to join their basketball team the Avant-Guards. As it is a school of art, they cannot find many people interested in it. Charlie had a bad experience with a team in her old school so she rejects their offer right away. However, Liv a girl who was a founder of the team doesn't give up and try to convince her by in...
  • Kimberly (kimberly_reads)
    Content warning: panic attacks (it’s mentioned that one of the characters has had them before!)Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for a honest review!I really enjoyed this! The characters were well written and it’s such a fun storyline that you can’t help but get sucked in. I know little to nothing about basketball and found this was easy to understand even with the amount of knowledge I have when it comes to th...
  • Candace
    This was a cute, quick and fun read. Volume one of The Avant-Guards follows the story of a college basketball team starting an all-women basketball tournament. It has girl power, great humour, the art style was nice and the characters were cool, not cliché but very real.I don't have much else to say about this since it was such a short and quick read, but it was definitely enjoyable!
  • lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)
    tw: mentions of anxiety and panic attacksomg i loved this so so so so much i need a volume 2 stat. i loved all the characters so much and i'm so weak for team sports dynamics!!!
  • Anne
    "I sing like Beyoncé, party like Rihanna, ball like LeBron."This comic series is my new obsession. The Avant-Guards follows a girl named Charlie, who transfers colleges after losing her scholarship and is recruited at her new school to be part of their new basketball team. Charlie has a rocky history with basketball—particularly not connecting with her teammates and struggling with anxiety before matches. I'm looking forward to seeing how the ...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Jayse SmithThere’s no way in hell I would usually pick up a book about basketball as I’d have to be among one of the most non-sporty, uncoordinated, clumsy people on the planet. Looking at the cover of The Avant-Guards, you may be thinking that this graphic novel is just that, all about basketball. It’s not. This story delves into heaps of issues and to be honest, the basketball is like bac...