Cellies Volume One trade paperback
Writers: Joe Flood & David Scheidt
Artist: Joe Flood
Editors: Amanda Meadows & Andrea Colvin
Publisher: The Lion Forge
Price: $14.99 US/$19.99 CAN
This book caught my eye because of its promise of a workplace comedy, and I thought the title’s play on words — incorporating a term meant to represent a cellphone store and inmates bunking together — was cute and succinct. But when I delved into the story itself, I found it populated by an array of people almost devoid of redeeming qualities. I wouldn’t want to spend any real amount of time with these characters in the real world, and that means I didn’t much care for spending time reading about them either. I think there’s great potential in the concept behind Cellies, but just about every conflict arises from the characters’ selfishness. Furthermore, the premise is rife with comedic potential, but it’s never all that funny. Cellies is a missed opportunity.