Fresh Romance #1

Fresh Romance #1

Writer: Sarah Kuhn, Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn Artist: Sally Jane Thompson, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Winifred Searle Publisher: Rosy Press Release Date: May 27, 2015 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
7.9Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Issue 1 of Fresh Romance features three stories:

School Spirit is a lighthearted take on classic high school romances with two queer women in the lead. Because Malie and Justine want to keep their romance a secret, they pretend to be competing over the same guy, Miles, but Miles also has a secret.

Ruined is a classic Regency romance, with lots of attention to period details. Catherine and Andrew are getting married - but neither one of them is happy about it.

The Ruby Equation is a story about love in a coffee shop - where barista Ruby is on a mission to help people find love so she doesn't have to deal with people anymore.

  • 10
    GWW - C.K. Stewart May 27, 2015

    There is something for everyone here, and more delightfully, an excellent chance you will see yourself represented somewhere in the pages of any of these stories; Asselin and many of her contributors are vocal advocates for diversity in comics and Fresh Romance walks the walk. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts May 26, 2015

    Three stories each with a unique take on love and romance in different eras and scenarios, but also a variety in characters across the board in race and sexual orientation. Readers have been wanting diversity in both of those, so combining them in Fresh Romance does just that and then some by making a romance comic feel contemporary and gives fans and readers something that feels familiar, but feels so groundbreaking at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Jun 2, 2015

    Fresh Romance #1 is a solid first foray from Rosy Press. With three stories of varying tone, readers should be able to find something to their taste. There is also a good amount of bonus material, including an introductory letter from editor Janelle Asselin, a breakdown on the creation of Kevin Wada and Erin Scott's beautiful cover, character designs, and even a love advice column. Those looking for more love from their comics will be hard pressed to pass this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 27, 2015

    The industry has been shifting away from spandex and capes for some time, and indie, web, and digital comics have been leading that charge. Rosy Press' Fresh Romance #1 is the latest example that there truly is something (and someone) for everyone when it comes to comics (and life). A fantastic addition that revitalizes a genre in comics often overlooked, or dismissed. The quality brings the issue, and genre to life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 26, 2015

    Romance is alive with FRESH ROMANCE. While I was pretty excited about this new book when the Kickstarter launched, the actual book lives up to the hype and will be a delight for those interested in this genre of comic storytelling. The first issue contains a plethora of incredibly talented creative folks from the industry and while the first story didn't grab me as much as the rest of the book, overall, this first issue is a smashing success. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jun 1, 2015

    I applaud Asselin for reintroducing romance comics in the U.S. market, especially given the obvious popularity of Shjo and Josei manga here. "Fresh Romance" is a great addition to the shelves and a solid debut overall, especially if the stories deepen and strengthen in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jeff Butler Jul 15, 2015

    These aren't crap stories with great art, they are stories very close to being good but failed in formatting, and only in the case of ‘School Spirit', a confused plot. What I do like is that none of these stories are impossible to recover in the second issue, and I would look forward at least in the case of ‘Ruined' to see where the story goes. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, Fresh Romance is absolutely worth your money. It is a rare indie anthology that looks this flawless from cover to cover. However, specifically writing for this format, the book was mildly bungled. Whether a challenge for the editor or for the individual writers, it's the only roadblock in the way of this book being a standout entry in the modern romance anthology genre. Read Full Review

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