Return To The Pumpkin King’s Realm in TokyoPop’s Mirror Moon

I love discovering new manga and there is a variety of series for all types of readers. When seeking out manga I decided to check out Mirror Moon by Mallory Reaves. Here are my thoughts on this manga from TokyoPop!

Synopsis: When the master of scares Jack Skellington has a dream about bringing his expertise in spookiness to the rest of the holiday worlds, he appoints Sally the official Halloween planner so he can spend his time on his newest invention. But as Sally coordinates with the Halloween Town residents, it becomes clear that something is very wrong. It’s almost as if there’s a secret doppelganger sneaking around behind her back! Can she get to the bottom of this mystery in time to save the celebrations?

Review: Spooky season is upon us and what better way to get prepared for the season than by reading a Halloween-centric graphic novel? Mirror Moon takes readers back to Halloween Town from the film, The Nightmare Before Christmas as they prepare for their next big celebration. A bit frazzled with all the things left to do in such a short period of time, Jack decides to make a cloning mirror to help out with to-dos, so the work gets done faster. But as usual, things don’t go as planned. How will they save Halloween this year?

This novel will appeal to fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas film the most. I have always eyed these graphic novels in the manga because I enjoy discovering new stories set in familiar worlds. This graphic novel spin-off did not disappoint I liked that Sally gets the focus mainly in this story spin-off as she races through the town to help plan Halloween celebrations and try to stop Jack’s invention from wreaking havoc. It’s a lighthearted read that truly captures the whimsical nature of its setting and the story features all the notable characters you see in the film. I like that this novel among the other graphic novel spin-offs of The Nightmare Before Christmas answers the what-ifs after the original story ended and provides a glimpse into Halloweentown’s daily life.

While the book is a bit formulaic, I don’t mind it one bit. It’s a cozy Autumnal read that provides a bit of comfort and fun escape from reality (even if only for a little bit). It’s full of spoopy chills and thrills for the reader’s delight. The artwork by Gabriella Chianello and Nataliya Torretta is absolutely stunning, and I love the vibrant colors used to bring Halloween town to life on the pages.

Final Verdict:

This is a recommended read for readers who love The Nightmare Before Christmas! Be sure to add this graphic novel to your Autumn reading list. Mirror Moon receives a 3 ½  out of 5 stars rating from me!

*I received this manga from TokyoPop in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About Rachel Moulden

Rachel is a fandom nerd who loves to create new stories. Outside of Fandom Spotlite you can find her writing books, chatting about all things pop culture related, and gushing about all things bookish on her book blog, Life of a Female Bibliophile. When Rachel is not busy writing you can find her jamming out to anime OSTs, indulging in a good cup of coffee, or watching too many K-Dramas. Check out her middle-grade debut novel (Lost Love: My First Boyfriend) available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. You can follow her on Twitter at @bibliophilelyfe and Instagram at @lifeofafemalebibliophile.

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