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A coming of age tale, this is the first installment of the Thin Thinline Trilogy, the fiercely independent Nina Overstreet has an axe to grind. A talented singer-songwriter slogging her way through the burgeoning Greenwich Village folk music scene of 1963, the Queen of Kenosha, Wisconsin, realizes that standing on the cusp of stardom gets her little respect and barely a cu ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Animal Media Group LLC
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Jennifer (Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー)
Queen of Kenosha: A Solid Music and Soul-driven Secret Agent Comic

First of all, let's just admire that awesome cover.



There's nothing I love more in a comic than an introduction with no dialogue and absolutely gorgeously drawn art. I really got a noir feel for the start of this comic.





It's the late 1950s/early 1960s. We then get introduced to a down-on-her-luck singer/guitarist. I enjoy the show and not tell in this comic. She wants to get an audition with John Cameron - a maker of legends like Bo
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Chad
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Nina Overstreet is a struggling musician trying to make it in Greenwich Village in 1963. She, by chance, helps out a man who turns out to be a secret agent hunting down Nazis. She's then recruited into the organization as an agent. Shapiro brings up a lot of issues still plaguing us today, misogyny, racism, and letting the ends justify the means in terms of torture and a citizen's rights. Nina is an extremely strong character not willing to bend her principles who becomes the conscience of her o ...more
Isaiah
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I got an ARC of this book.

The story moves quickly and it stays quick. I'm not a big fan of action or war stuff, but this one enthralled me. I need to know more. I would very easily read multiple volumes of the series in one sitting if they all were paced like this and had this much in them. It is pretty rare when I am able to have my interest held in a story that is so focused on espionage and secrets. 

I was sucked in so hard. I loved this. I have so
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✨ elsa ✨
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 🌟
This book. This book just made me feel all the feels, and it usually just doesn’t happen. FRTC.
Mimi
I'm a bit undecided whether I liked this one or not. It wasn't bad, but it wasnt greatly thrilling either. Maybe I've watched too many Mission Impossible episodes with a similar plot... I am curious about how the rest of the story will unfold, since this is only part one of three, and that's always a good sign.
Maxine
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Nina Overstreet had been making a pretty good name for herself as a singer-songwriter in her hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin. But after moving to New York to try to build her career, she is struggling in the Greenwich Village folk music scene. Then one night, after a late gig, she meets Nick Ladd and she is recruited into a secretive organization fighting undercover Nazis who are trying to establish the Fourth Reich in the United States. At first, Nina is excited but eventually she must confront ...more
Arvenig
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
READ THE REVIEW ON MY BLOG
First of all thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  Screen Shot 2018-06-20 at 12.49.50 3.75 out of 5


So I just signed up on Netgalley and while I was looking for some books to request I found this book and without even reading the description I requested it because of theawesome cover!

This book is set in the 60s (which I didn't know until I finished it and read the back cover :D) and it deals witha young singer that discovers
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Cindy
I received an advanced reader copy of this from the publisher via Net Galley.


I am going to preface my review with: The only reason I picked up this book was because the main character was originally from my hometown, Kenosha, Wisconsin. That was my main curiosity and motivation for getting this book.

That being said. I feel the story moved quite quickly and kept me motivated to continue reading the story, especially considering that the subject matter (war, nazis, espionage) and format (graphic
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Hannah Russell
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
[Arc from netgalley]
This graphic novel wasn't for me but that isn't to say that it wasn't an entertaining read. As I continued through the volume some scenes peaked my interest but not enough to even consider reading the second volume. Lastly in regards to the overall story, I found myself unable to connect with the characters or what was happening to them.
In regards to the art style it was simplistic but matched perfectly to the tone and story. I found myself believing that these characters wer
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Giovana Oliveira
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Nina is in the musical scene, living only for commissions for playing in bars and is run by her cousin, who arranges these works, one night her way intersects with that of Nick Ladd (who did stupid things that night), and the posture of her in that moment gives her a job offer in a clandestine agency, but with good intentions.

The graphic novel has colors that resemble the representations of the 60s and a cleaner scene that reminds us of the Cold War, they are more interesting when they are in t
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Laura
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Take a little bit of the Greenwich village folk scene of the 1960s, and the Nazis that escaped to America after WWII, and a folk singer who wants to be as big as Bob Dylan, and you get Queen of Kenosha.

This graphic novel, the first of a trilogy, follows Nina, as she is recruited to join undercover agents who are trying to catch all the Nazis that threaten to destroy the United States. In between missions, she is still playing her music and trying to get ahead with the rest of her career.



This tou
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Hannah Woycik
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Queen of Kenosha by Howard Shapiro review
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

“A coming of age tale, this is the first installment of the Thin Thinline Trilogy, the fiercely independent Nina Overstreet has an axe to grind. A talented singer-songwriter slogging her way through the burgeoning Greenwich Village folk music scene of 1963, the Queen of Kenosha, Wisconsin, realizes that standing on the cusp of s
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Rebecca
Thanks to Netgalley for the free review copy.

I liked some parts of this a lot. Every few pages there's a "recommended listening" page with songs on it on a picture of vinyl and for most of the book I listened to them as I read it which was nice, and I just generally liked the way music was linked to the story. I sort of wish that was delved more into though... and also the story is set 60s and some of the music was from way after that so that was a bit weird. I'm pretty sure U2 is on there at on
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Literary Soirée
Queen of Kenosha is a riveting unique read from graphic novelist Howard Shapiro. I’m a newbie to the format and found myself drawn to the edgy design and compelling story of the young female protagonist in 1960s Greenwich Village, recruited to help an underground group fight Nazism in America. Got a kick, too, out of the suggested musical lists for each chapter. Highly creative, highly recommended!

Thanks to the author, Animal Media Group and NetGalley for the review copy, in exchange for my tru
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Howard Shapiro
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Completely biased but I love the book. I hope whoever reads it enjoys it as much as myself and our team had putting it together!
Kidlitter
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a nifty, surprisingly action-packed graphic novel that is a timely read in our current national debate about patriotism and liberty.

The Queen of Kenosha is Nina Overstreet, Wisconsin native, reluctant New Yorker, struggling musician and neophyte government agent. Her adventures are a cross between Mission Impossible and the television series The Americans. Nina dreams of becoming a guitar playing folk singing star on the NYC music scene and faces poverty, grinding labor, and exploitatio
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Julie
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Set in 1963, this is the story of Nina Overstreet, an aspiring Greenwich Village folk singer (originally from Kenosha, WI) who gets recruited into a quasi-governmental spy agency that is rooting out remnants of neo-Nazi activity. The premise is that scattered ex-Nazis are still trying to gather forces and build a Fourth Reich in America, and this shadowy crew is going after them by any means necessary. It’s okay as a spy thriller that maybe stretches credibility a bit, but the attraction between ...more
Midnight Voss
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
While Queen of Kenosha promises intrigue and an edgy plotline with its description and cover, the story itself falls flat. Most of the comic involves the characters talking about the central ethical conflict, whether it is alright to adopt the tactics of the enemy to defeat the enemy. Or in this case, are civil and human rights violations AOK if you're fighting literal Nazis.

Some attention to that issue should be fine, but with the lack of development of the characters, including the lead (who
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Paul Franco
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Small-town musician in Noo Yawk tries to return a wallet and get pistol-whipped for her troubles. It leaves her open to an offer she can’t refuse.
I’ve read this author’s previous works, which took place in the hockey world, and it’s the same format here. The artwork is especially similar, but the story is completely different and much more ambitious, in fact maybe too much. There’s been plenty of Nazi conspiracy stories over the decades, but I can’t remember seeing one where they’re basically dr
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Alicia Ceasar
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. I went into this not knowing much about the plot other than the main character being involved in music. Nina is a musician that grew quite famous in her small town of Kenosha. Her band even had a song that played on the radio. But Nina learned that life is different in NYC. She struggles constantly to make ends meet, depending on her cousin/agent to keep her afloat. When Nina meets Nick, her entire world is turned upside down. Nick wants to recruit her to join the hunt for Nazis in a ...more
Valéria.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
First, I am thankful I got the chance from NetGalley to read this book.

Now, to the review. I kind of fell in love with this after "Is 27 your age or your IQ?" question. When I read comic books, I have most of the time mood for looong dialogues. In this mood, I don't like when the half of the book is consisted of nothing but artwork without text. And this book gave me exactly what I needed. It took me huge amount of time to come to the end, reading every word almost smiling. Story? Shortly, talen
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Lois Young
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Queen of Kenosha" is the first volume in the trilogy series, "The Thin Thinline." The setting is 1963 in the Tri-State (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) and Pennsylvania. Musician Nina Overstreet is trying to make ends meet when she accidentally becomes involved with a U.S. Government Agency whose purpose is to prevent the uprising of the American Nazi Party. A woman working with a government agency in 1963 is essential to the story. In addition, Nina's relationship with her new co-workers an ...more
Karen
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I liked the main character, there weren't many of the others I took much of a liking to. The storyline seemed to drag a bit in the first half or so, but did pick up once some action started taking place. Now that the basics are laid out, this may not be an issue in future installments - this is the first in a trilogy. Since the story is told almost entirely through dialogue, the conversations can be a bit odd and don't seem realistic. Overall, I think this story as a whole has potential, b ...more
J.D. DeHart
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Queen of Kenosha is yet another well-illustrated and professionally-produced graphic novel from Howard Shapiro. I have previously read books by Shapiro, mostly focusing on the world of sports. This one, as is the case with the The Stereotypical Freaks, peeks into the music world.

What sets this story apart from what Shapiro has done so far is a sense of history and intrigue. It's nice to a fresh direction from this author, and the result is a book I would gladly share with fellow graphic novel/co
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Theediscerning
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This was far from being a failure, but it was too evidently flawed throughout. The story has a wannabe full-time musician in the cafe culture of 60s New York who gets dragged into a shady Nazi-hunting organisation, just as it itself turns from creating "accidents" to doing more heinous crimes against the USA. The problem from then on is a very wordy and circuitous argument within the organisation about following due process, obeying the laws and how far is too far when hunting the Nazi big wigs? ...more
Andrew Kline
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this as a digital ARC via NetGalley.

While it was an enjoyable read, I kept hoping for something more unique in the story. The musician angle was interesting, but nothing much came of it. Some of the conversations felt very cliche and none of the plot developments made much of an impact on me. I'm sure there is an audience out there, though, who hasn't been jaded by overconsumption of spy thrillers.
That being said, I had no problem reading through the whole book. The plot moved quickly, wi
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Terri
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Nina is a musician who wants to have a career, not just playing guitar in her free time. When she moves to New York, she finds the music scene hard to break into, but an unexpected opportunity arises. She's recruited into an organization that is fighting against post-war Nazi organization in the U.S. Can she manage to be a crime fighter and a musician at the same time?

This graphic novel has some high points to it: the artwork is great and I loved that each chapter started with a short playlist
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Molly
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from this, but ended up pleasantly surprised - Nina is a really compelling main character. She is talented, determined, and deeply moral. The world could use more people like Nina Overstreet, especially right now, and I'm very much looking forward to reading more in this series.

Bonus: there are some great track lists included for suggested listening.
Weronika Zimna
The best part? Music. Nice character development.
What didn't work out for me: the war/nazi fighting theme. Not interesting enough but that's just me.
Amanda Williams
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an okay read but not exactly thrilling either. I'm very undecided on this book. Could have done with more action.
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