Space Battle Lunchtime Lights, Camera, Snacktion! by Natalie Reiss, Natalie Reiss


Space Battle Lunchtime Lights, Camera, Snacktion! by Natalie Reiss, Natalie Reiss

Collecting the first four issues of Natalie Riess's delectable series, SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME! Earth baker Peony gets the deal of a lifetime when she agrees to be a contestant on the Universe's hottest reality TV show, Space Battle Lunchtime! But that was before she knew that it shoots on location...on a spaceship...and her alien competitors don't play nice! Does Peony really have what it takes to be the best cook in the Galaxy? Tune in and find out!


PUBLISHERS WEEKLY -- Peony knows her way around a kitchen, especially where baked goods are concerned, but her experience might not be enough to help her when she's conscripted to participate in an extraterrestrial reality TV show, Space Battle Lunchtime. Now, she's making friends and whipping up desserts with foods she's never encountered (and machines she can't even turn on), but enemies are conspiring against her with deadly plans. Riess, creator of the Snarlbear webcomic, makes a highly promising print debut with a comic that will delight SF diehards and cooking show devotees alike. It has all the hallmarks of reality cooking competitions ( Time may be an illusion, but yours is up, announces Zorp, the floating polyhedron that hosts the show) while balancing laughs, quirky characters, and plot developments, including a potential romance with one of Peony's competitors, Neptunia. Riess uses a vivid palette to emphasize the unfamiliarity of the alien environment Peony finds herself in, keeping readers as off-balance as she is. Part Top Chef, part Doctor Who, it's a thoroughly entertaining start to this space drama, and the dire cliffhanger ending will have readers eagerly awaiting volume two. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL -- Gr 3-5 -Peony, a talented Earthling baker, is beamed up to space to compete in Space Battle Lunchtime, an intergalactic cooking contest broadcast all over the universe. Peony is up for the challenge against five aliens, but something terrible may have happened to the chef she replaced. In spite of fierce competition, Peony finds joy in concocting new dishes out of unfamiliar ingredients like Mars Goop and Moon Butter, and she discovers the importance of friendship over feuds. The delicate, almost scrawled line drawings and handwritten lettering resemble dreamy doodles. A colorful but light, washed-out palette reflects the gentle tone: this is a story about finding friends, not enemies. This quirky mix of outer space and cooking contests not only entertains but also provides insight into the importance of friendly competition. VERDICT Give to fans of cooking comics such as Eric Colossal's Rutabaga the Adventure Chef and Takashi Hashiguchi's Yakitate!! Japan.

-spun mixture of food fiction and space tales, with a dash of pop culture, this unusual charmer defies genre conventions and seems to revel in its own sheer individuality and campy wonder. Delicious fun that's out of this world. (Graphic science fiction. 7-14)

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120 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Oni Press,US

Publication date

25th October 2016



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