July 28, 2018 • Cee • Comics

Only the very brave or the very desperate dare enter the Spill Zone—Addison Merritt is a little of both. In exchange for a suitcase full of cash, she made one last to the Zone. She survived the encounter, but came back changed.

Addison is not alone. In a remote village in North Korea, a young man named Jae was touched by the unholy fire of the Spill Zone. He made it out alive—alive, but also changed.

Now bestowed with uncanny powers, Addison and Jae may be the only ones strong enough to face a new threat that has risen in the Spill Zone. This deadly entity is searching for his runaway bride—and his hunt is bringing him closer and closer to Addison and her little sister.


I received this book for free from First Second (Macmillan) for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

If you’ve read Spilled Zone and needed to learn more of this bizarre world, prepare yourself because there’s a sequel! Spilled Zone: The Broken Vow! (If you haven’t read the graphic novel, what are you waiting for? These are the reasons why you should!)

In Spilled Zone: The Broken Vow, Addison Merritt came back changed after what she thought was her last trip into the Zone. In that wake, she bands together with Jae, a teenager from North Korea who shares similar abilities and stories like Addison, to save her and her little sister.

  • The art and the colors keep you committed into this bizarre story.

It accentuates the bizarreness of this entire world we are thrust into. It’s hard to draw your eyes away because of all these floating corporeal apparition-like wildlife creatures with their insane cross-processed coloring. There’s so much detail put into each aspect of the art. I love how the coloring for scenes outside and insane the Zone are beautiful contrast to each other. You get the gloomy reality of what the world has to live in, but there’s this glowy off-putting world that’s just beyond what we know, ready to tear into everybody.

  • I loved the dynamic between all the characters. 

Just lots of different and fascinating relationship. Addison and her sister, Lexa: sisterly love, but also desire to protect. Addison and Jae: superpowered allies trying to save the world. Lexa and Vespertine the possessed doll: friendship made through dark means, a heavy reliance on each other. Addison and Vespertine: antagonistic. So wonderful.

  • I wish they explored the other world that the creatures came from.

These creatures in the Zone are here for a reason, and I won’t spoil what happens, but holy shit, guys, I wanted to learn more about it. This reasoning for why they entered this reality makes this bigger than what we assume it is. I will give this: there’s a major conflict in their world that made them bleed into Addison’s reality. I needed more of this conflict, but it’s not explored.

  • It felt like it wrapped up quickly in a neat little bow even though there was so much more story to tell.

Addison’s story was wrapped up quickly in a neat little bow. She has her ending and her sister, living happily ever after without the Zone looming over them. However, The Broken Vows teased us about the reality these creatures live in. Where’s that story? You can’t just tell me this huge thing about them and pull the rug from under me! There’s still so much to be told.

Who will love this graphic novel? People who enjoyed Spilled Zone. Lovers of Scott Westerfeld. People who love bizarre and creepy things.

Why you should read Spilled Zone: The Broken Vows? Because you get to figure out why these creatures bled into this reality!

Spilled Zone: The Broken Vows by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland 
July 10, 2018 • First Second (Macmillan)

Add to your TBR on Goodreads. Go buy Spilled Zone: The Broken Vows from your local comic book store, or these online retailers: Amazon · Barnes & Noble · The Book Depository · Indigo. Or borrow it from your library.

Find Scott Westerfeld here: Website · Twitter
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