This is definitely one of the weirdest and most beautiful graphic novels I’ve ever read. Mila is a bored teenager, but this summer she encounters a magical person named Agnes, and the things she thinks she knows unfurl as she enters a new reality. Agnes is a ghost, and she’s the only one who can see her. Mila quickly becomes captivated by Agnes, drawn in by her teeth and her energy, ad sticks around even when things start to get really weird.
Watersnakes feels eerie in the best possible way. Sandoval’s writing and presentation lends itself well to the folk-like and creepy themes running through the story. The emotions that the art brings up evoke similar feelings to being a teenager and feeling like everything is a little weird and creepy and that those around you know something you don’t, but you’re just waiting to wake up to reality.
The main drawback to this story is the sheer weirdness is not quite tied together, but I believe that is intentional in contributing to the unknowing feelings that Mila experiences. Loose ends are never tied up, and this story feels fantastical with hardly any backstory to build it up. This is counterbalanced by the beautiful art and the incredibly imaginative plot.
I received a copy of this book via the publisher and Edelweiss + in exchange for an honest review.