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With Sadie running the Big Donut on her own, it’s up to Steven and the Gems to help her win the annual Ultimate Doughnut Dough-Down competition in Empire City! Steven and the Crystal Gems have faced down intergalactic empires, but are they ready to win a donut competition? With Lars in space that means Sadie is on her own...unless the Crystal Gems come to help! It’s up to S With Sadie running the Big Donut on her own, it’s up to Steven and the Gems to help her win the annual Ultimate Doughnut Dough-Down competition in Empire City! Steven and the Crystal Gems have faced down intergalactic empires, but are they ready to win a donut competition? With Lars in space that means Sadie is on her own...unless the Crystal Gems come to help! It’s up to Steven and the Gems to step in and help Sadie run the Big Donut food truck during the annual competition in Empire City. They’ll have to work together to best the other chefs in the Ultimate Dough-Down, especially King Kruller, one of the hippest shops around and the Dough-Down’s reigning champs. Written by Talya Perper (Steven Universe: Anti Gravity) and illustrated by Meg Omac (Adventure Time Comics, Steven Universe), this newest Steven Universe story will make you hungry for more!


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With Sadie running the Big Donut on her own, it’s up to Steven and the Gems to help her win the annual Ultimate Doughnut Dough-Down competition in Empire City! Steven and the Crystal Gems have faced down intergalactic empires, but are they ready to win a donut competition? With Lars in space that means Sadie is on her own...unless the Crystal Gems come to help! It’s up to S With Sadie running the Big Donut on her own, it’s up to Steven and the Gems to help her win the annual Ultimate Doughnut Dough-Down competition in Empire City! Steven and the Crystal Gems have faced down intergalactic empires, but are they ready to win a donut competition? With Lars in space that means Sadie is on her own...unless the Crystal Gems come to help! It’s up to Steven and the Gems to step in and help Sadie run the Big Donut food truck during the annual competition in Empire City. They’ll have to work together to best the other chefs in the Ultimate Dough-Down, especially King Kruller, one of the hippest shops around and the Dough-Down’s reigning champs. Written by Talya Perper (Steven Universe: Anti Gravity) and illustrated by Meg Omac (Adventure Time Comics, Steven Universe), this newest Steven Universe story will make you hungry for more!

30 review for Steven Universe Orignal Graphic Novel: Ultimate Dough-Down

  1. 4 out of 5

    AleJandra

    3.5 Donuts Fight STARS "Love isn't something that's easy to control. So you shouldn't blame yourself for feeling what you feel." Sin duda lo hubiera disfrutado más si estubiera familiarizada con los personajes. Reseña pendiente...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    For a story about spicy donuts, this is a super bland confection. Steven helps Sadie with a food truck competition while really helping her cope with the absence of Lars, who is adventuring in outer space. As with the show, I spend most of my time wondering why Steven doesn't just teleport Sadie to Lars location for a visit since that is something he is entirely capable of doing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie Decker

    Look out, donut lovers: the Ultimate Dough Down is back in town, and even though Sadie Miller has quit her job at the Big Donut, her boss has convinced her to participate in one last hurrah: she must compete in the regional donut competition to represent the company, facing down her old enemy King Kruller (whose entire business seems more focused on dissing her donut chain than anything else). But there's one big problem: Sadie always did the competition with the reluctant assistance of her frie Look out, donut lovers: the Ultimate Dough Down is back in town, and even though Sadie Miller has quit her job at the Big Donut, her boss has convinced her to participate in one last hurrah: she must compete in the regional donut competition to represent the company, facing down her old enemy King Kruller (whose entire business seems more focused on dissing her donut chain than anything else). But there's one big problem: Sadie always did the competition with the reluctant assistance of her friend/co-worker/maybe more? Lars, and Lars has also moved on. To space. Yeah, about that. He's busy being a reanimated space pirate who's light years away in space with some outcast aliens, currently trying to get back to Earth while avoiding the pursuit of a Really Angry Gem named Emerald. Sadie's not getting help from Lars this time. Who can she ask? Steven and the Crystal Gems to the rescue, of course. But if Sadie can't stop living her life haunted by remnants of Lars, her chances at the competition--and of living a satisfying, functional existence--are dropping sharply with every daydream. Maybe Steven has some perspective on that too. . . . This was flat-out adorable. We've had quite a few comics that focused on food competitions in the past, but this is the first full graphic novel that did so, and I like how it turned out. (I guess competitions make a short-term, easily concluded, not-too-important plot take shape where the stakes are compelling but the results won't affect the canon of the television show, and that's perfect for a self-contained adventure.) Sadie's emotional arc was nuanced and compelling, and interestingly portrayed. We didn't have too many great moments with the Gems (who functioned as supporting characters here), but they each had their own little bits, and I especially liked Garnet being a big dork and casually using her future-telling powers to ring up donut customers before they'd ordered. And if you like rare Fusions, you do get a little treat: Sardonyx pitches in with some very showy marketing for the donut truck, and it's handled very well. Overall it felt like this writer REALLY understands the characters--not only what their history is and what makes them tick, but also what makes the audience love them. This may have been my favorite graphic novel so far, though I also liked Anti-Gravity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Swankivy

    The third original graphic novel for Steven Universe is a new story for fans of Sadie, Beach City, and the Crystal Gems. It’s new content–unlike some of the trade paperbacks that collect previously released individual issues of the comics–and it’s lovingly written by Talya Perper, with illustrations by Meg Omac and a cover by Lorena Alvarez Gomez. This graphic novel covers Sadie returning to the Big Donut to help out with a special event, but since Lars is currently in space, she needs help from The third original graphic novel for Steven Universe is a new story for fans of Sadie, Beach City, and the Crystal Gems. It’s new content–unlike some of the trade paperbacks that collect previously released individual issues of the comics–and it’s lovingly written by Talya Perper, with illustrations by Meg Omac and a cover by Lorena Alvarez Gomez. This graphic novel covers Sadie returning to the Big Donut to help out with a special event, but since Lars is currently in space, she needs help from Steven and the Gems. Her pride is on the line, wrapped up in her rivalry with another donut store as her direct competition, and she’s tasked with training the Gems and handling her preoccupation with Lars’s absence. It’s such a fantastic little addition to the show and ties in very well, with few glitches and all kinds of love–for the most part it is emotionally intelligent and true to the characters while still telling a satisfying story that doesn’t feel too isolated from what’s really going on in the television show’s story. The story: We begin with Steven helping his dad at the car wash and describing a dream he had. It was about Lars, but he dreamed of him just at the Big Donut doing regular stuff, and Steven feels pretty nostalgic about it. Then Sadie pulls up with a fancy vehicle and a company card asking for car cleaning service, and Steven “has a million questions.” After all, didn’t Sadie quit the Big Donut? Why does she have a vehicle? And what, pray tell, is “The Ultimate Dough-Down”? Sadie explains that she’s come back to help her old employer participate in this annual contest because he basically begged her to return (using multiple forms of media), since the new employees definitely aren’t ready for such a thing. But even though Sadie reluctantly accepted the gig, she actually isn’t sure how she’s going to manage without Lars, since he always helped her but now he’s in space fighting Homeworld Gems with the Off Colors. Steven, of course, volunteers his own assistance (and that of the Gems). Sadie is skeptical because the last time Steven helped her at the shop he caused a disaster with a fire salt prank, and she has no idea if the Gems even understand human food at all. But Steven assures her that they even had a non-disaster restaurant together briefly and the Gems will do great. Training commences. The Gems arrive in their Big Donut shirts and watch the new training video; it’s still got Mr. Smiley in it, but it’s been updated, including everything from how to wash your hands properly to the increase in sales tax. Garnet watches attentively and passively; Pearl takes notes; Amethyst keeps seeming to fall asleep but insists she’s listening. And when Steven gives them a pop quiz, he’s pleasantly surprised; all of them pass easily, even Amethyst (who evidently WAS listening). Sadie is ready to try them in the store, but she’s also seemingly distracted by her thoughts about Lars. Nevertheless, the Gems get to try their first day on the job. The Gems do surprisingly well in their new roles. Pearl is so quick and elegant making and serving drinks; Amethyst is great at keeping the donuts flowing, and Garnet is a star at taking orders (managing to impress some customers by putting in their orders before they’d spoken; Future Vision sure is helpful in food service!). Mr. Smiley stops by and also quizzes the Gems on their recall of policies and factoids, and he also finds himself impressed. When the day ends, Sadie is encouraged, and asks her special employees to just let her take care of closing up. She proceeds to have a strange, very realistic-sounding “conversation” with Lars as if he is there, with him teasing her and flipping between goofy and sincere. She goes to sleep hearing his voice and talking to him. Sadie then has a weird dream where there are multiple versions of Lars in the donut shop, all representing a different side of him, fighting over her. The versions of Lars are bothering her to choose one of them, eventually swirling into a single Lars with whom she dreams about sharing an intimate moment. Steven also experiences her dream and is worried about her. When the Gems gather to help Sadie get ready for the Ultimate Dough-Down the next day, Steven asks the Gems to help distract Sadie enough to avoid thinking about Lars too much. They agree to take this as a secondary mission to the day’s work. Sadie drives the vehicle to the site of the showdown and ends up almost immediately running into her major rival: it’s a smug fellow named King from rival donut shop King Kruller. King gives an aggressive pitch for his food truck which seems primarily focused on shaming the Big Donut for being corporate. He introduces his “young, non stereotypically-attractive doughnut artists” and talks up his shop, suggesting the Big Donut is just corporate crap that provides bad service and bad food. He offers Steven an opportunity to switch sides if he ever wants to leave, and gives another pitch for his competition donut: the Craffle, a donut that looks like a Belgian waffle. One of their customers immediately wants to try it because “I love when food is two things.” Sadie is irritated. However, King’s comment about the competition donut brings to light the fact that Sadie completely forgot to prepare a concept for their own competition donut. She’s ready to panic, but the Gems jump into action with suggestions … none of which are too appropriate or practical. Pearl’s got a donut hole idea that’s too much like another shop’s; Garnet just wants to put different donut halves together for donut fusions; and Amethyst wants to make donut pudding by throwing donuts in coffee, which tastes gross. Hmm. While they’re trying to think of something, Steven suggests they put a tiny bit of fire salt on donuts (and Amethyst happens to have some with her for some reason), and they figure maybe this can be their special donut. Then Sadie’s friend and co-competitor Miyuki shows up from Smile Andagi. She’s the first human to test out the donut and finds it exciting, and asks them to come by and try her donuts later. They decide to go with the fire salt idea. From there, customers start arriving. Sadie takes orders and Steven delivers them, with Amethyst on the fryer, Pearl doing barista, and Garnet bagging donuts. They’re busy, but King Kruller is apparently the hit of the party–their line is long, and they’re getting a lot of attention with how their employees are screaming about how much better their offerings are than those of the Big Donut. Sadie admits it’s all about branding. Steven’s wheels start turning on how they can brand themselves–to go louder and more charismatic. And he has an idea. Surprise, surprise: Garnet and Pearl are into it. Sardonyx appears–the giant Fusion of Pearl and Garnet who loves the spotlight more than anything. And although Amethyst is sullen and Sadie is baffled by what’s happening, it turns out that Sardonyx is an amazing addition to the team when it comes to attracting business. She’s pure showbusiness … not to mention she’s pretty big. She is able to tempt customers into trying the Big Donut’s fire salt donut by treating it like a challenge. It works very, very well. Business booms due to Sardonyx’s efforts, and with the increased activity plus Pearl and Garnet’s absence, everyone has to work extra hard inside the truck. Sadie ends up burning herself with coffee when she thinks Lars is there to help her, and Steven insists that Amethyst take her to the medical tent while he handles the crowd by himself. King sneaks over to find out what happened to all his customers, and in the confusion, he steals the fire salt and adds too much of it to the donuts meant for the contest judges. Yikes. The judges arrive and each one gets a little introduction from an Empire City newsperson. One is into daring dishes, one is into technically good baking, and one is into “passion.” They are very impressed with King’s donuts and say very good things about them. Then they come to Sadie’s truck and are able to sample the fire salt donuts just as Sadie has returned with a bandaged hand. One of the judges is impressed by Sardonyx, but is reminded that they’re not judging the showmanship. And then they eat the donuts. And of course, due to King’s meddling, it’s a disaster. All three judges begin belching uncontrollable flames, causing chaos. The judges run around trying to get relief but just cause more fire. While the Gems try to chase them down and help them cough up the burning donut particles, Steven tries to contain the fires, but can’t find a fire extinguisher. Instead, he finds Sadie … who is crying in the wreckage, blaming herself for everything. Steven puts it into perspective for her, explaining that she keeps thinking about Lars because everyone thinks of the people they love. He offers inspiring words for Sadie, calling up images of other people in his life who have been strongly affected by their feelings of love. Steven assures Sadie that soon Lars will be back, but he reminds her that she can be Sadie even without Lars, and tells her how much they need her to be Sadie right now. She feels strong enough to help after that, and they venture into the fray with a fire extinguisher. The Gems have now each located one judge and have followed their training to make them expel the burning donuts, but now that they’re no longer burping fire, they have some strong words for Sadie. King, approaching to gloat and give out business cards, accidentally reveals that he has the missing vial of fire salt in his pocket, and the truth comes out: yes, he spiked their donuts. He tries to play it off that he was just investigating their unsafe ingredients, but when he admits he just didn’t think it was fair for the Big Donut to have “pyrotechnics and holograms” (his interpretation of Sardonyx’s showstopping performance), the judges disqualify him. Sadly, the Big Donut is still disqualified for mismanaging their ingredients, but when a social media influencer shows up wanting to try their spicy donut, they’re granted permission to keep selling even if they can’t win the contest. They jump back into business. At the end of a busy day, Sadie and Steven go visit Miyuki’s food truck to try her donut, since they’d promised earlier when she came to try theirs. They come to find that Miyuki won the judges’ prize, and she gives them some insight on how she makes her wonderful andagi; it’s all about focus and patience. She was so focused during the event, in fact, that she didn’t even notice all the fire earlier. She mentions having been inspired by a head chef she studied under to “keep your head down and cook.” Based on this perspective, Sadie kind of feels like maybe all the time she spent at the Big Donut wasn’t for nothing. They take her andagi and her advice to go. On the trip home, the Gems and Sadie all compliment and encourage each other, and when they get back Steven gives the andagi to his dad to try. Greg loves them. They bid Sadie good night and she catches up with her mom, gets ready for bed, and goes to sleep. She is not troubled by weird Lars dreams that night. And neither is Steven. Notable: 1. At the beginning, Greg’s really disturbed when Steven says he had a “weird dream,” but when Steven describes it being about Lars even though he’s in space etc., he expresses relief and says “Oh, THAT kind of weird dream.” I guess Greg was worried Steven might be about to talk to him about adult stuff and wasn’t sure he was up for handling it. Heh. 2. Multiple comics have been done about food-related contests, especially donut ones. There have been a couple donut-eating competitions and several scrambles for characters to compete making food. Seems like a popular topic for this show–it is after all pretty focused on food–and now another plot revolves around it with this new addition. 3. Dewey is shown as an existing employee at the shop; this places the continuity of the story sometime after the episode “Letters to Lars.” 4. There are multiple specific episode callbacks when they’re setting up the story. Sadie and Steven refer to previous experience with fire salt and the Big Donut training video, both of which were introduced in the episode “Joking Victim,” and shortly afterwards Steven references his restaurant from “Restaurant Wars.” 5. The references to the Big Donut’s training video song, “Do or Do Nut,” were spot on. If you’re super familiar with the song, you see it begins with the same old lyrics and then goes into transformed lyrics that fit really well with what you’d expect. It’s adorable. 6. The Gems were not-so-subtly using their special abilities to do so well as Big Donut employees. Pearl’s speed and dexterity made her an impressive and graceful barista; Amethyst used shapeshifting to serve and stock donuts in creative and effective ways; and (of course my favorite) Garnet kept charging people for what they were GOING to order before they ordered it. I laughed a lot when one customer thought she was reading their mind and wanted to give her a tip for it. 7. One of the canon rules of writing Garnet in the show is that she does not ask questions. When she wants information, she can still ask for it, but she does it in sneaky ways like “tell me what you saw” instead of “what did you see?” In this comic, however, several questions are assigned to Garnet which could have easily been rewritten to avoid breaking this convention. Garnet asks “One Boston cream, one chocolate glazed, and one large decaf mocha with extra whip, correct?”; “Medium hazelnut latte and a maple bar?”; “What did you see in the dream?”; “What if we cut two donuts in half and fuse them together?”; “Who did you have in mind, Steven?”; and “How did this happen?!” 8. Sadie drives! She hasn’t been seen driving in the show proper but Sadie drives the special vehicle for the Ultimate Dough-Down. 9. “I love when food is two things” is hilarious. I love that it’s established and then given only one callback–perfect comedy. 10. Sorry but Garnet’s idea of fusing donuts for donut fusions was cute as heck and I would eat that in a second. She’s sort of blushing when she suggests it too, just so proud of her idea. It’s adorable. 11. It’s really cool that Sadie has a competitor (Miyuki) with whom she is friendly, unlike her rivalry with King. It’s refreshing to see friendly competition existing alongside stormy rivalry, and I really liked the Miyuki character. 12. I like that the self-righteousness of King’s food truck was based on perceived ethical superiority, but it does kinda annoy me that advertising vegan donuts was part of what was designed to make these guys look insufferable. I’ve met the type, of course, but I do actually prefer food that’s more ethical and less corporate, so I guess I’m just personally annoyed that such things were used to make them look inherently judgy and condescending. 13. Sardonyx bending down to ask “Did you miss me?” and Amethyst flatly uttering “No” is one of the funniest exchanges in the comic. 14. Sardonyx references the “Ring of Fire” which you can completely hear her saying since she challenged Smoky Quartz with the Ring of Fire during the episode “Know Your Fusion.” 15. Some of the background extras look like the background extras who are based on Crewniverse members from the show. :D 16. I don’t watch any cooking shows but even I recognized that the three judges Grant Fiesti, Martha Berrybritish, and Takashi Koga had to be based on Guy Fieri, Mary Berry, and Takeshi Kaga. Correct me if I’m wrong. 17. Sadie doesn’t have her bandage anymore after the fire starts erupting at the Ultimate Dough-Down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    november

    I never watched a single episode of steven universe, but i still love it. And i want to watch all the episodes on netflix. Anyway, i really liked this graphic novel. It was a short little story, perfect to read it while waiting for someone or just for fun. I have the feeling that it is like an episode of the original show. And i’m really thrilled for more. I look forward to read more graphic novels from this show. The Story was pretty nice. I like these kind of stories, also because there is foo I never watched a single episode of steven universe, but i still love it. And i want to watch all the episodes on netflix. Anyway, i really liked this graphic novel. It was a short little story, perfect to read it while waiting for someone or just for fun. I have the feeling that it is like an episode of the original show. And i’m really thrilled for more. I look forward to read more graphic novels from this show. The Story was pretty nice. I like these kind of stories, also because there is food. I wish i had a donut with me while reading this. I also liked the characters, pearl being my favorite. <3 The little Steven is so damn cute, i just want to cuddle him. He looks really puffy and i like that. Overall a very awesome story with great art. I really like the Style of Drawing of Steven Universe and this novel isn’t outside of it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nico

    Steven Universe is one of my absolute favourites and the Sadie/Lars friendship turned romance has always been a soft spot for me. This was a really great look at how deeply Sadie was affected by Lars'... *ahem* departure. The dialogue was on point; I could hear the voices in my head when I read each characters' lines so it basically just felt like reading an episode. The art was quite gorgeous too, especially the shots of the ocean when they were travelling. I'll definitely be on the lookout for Steven Universe is one of my absolute favourites and the Sadie/Lars friendship turned romance has always been a soft spot for me. This was a really great look at how deeply Sadie was affected by Lars'... *ahem* departure. The dialogue was on point; I could hear the voices in my head when I read each characters' lines so it basically just felt like reading an episode. The art was quite gorgeous too, especially the shots of the ocean when they were travelling. I'll definitely be on the lookout for some more Steven Universe graphic novels in the future... (Honestly I want another season of the show but I'll take what I can get.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Another nice story for fans wanting more Steven Universe. This one takes place later, so the stakes in the overall story are higher. However, this focuses, not on galactic conquest or Diamond legacies. Instead, it's about a baking competition among doughnut shops--and, more specifically, about Sadie missing Lars while he's in space. The end result is something that's entertaining and sweet. (Plus, this one features Sardonyx, one of my favorite fusions.) Definitely worth a read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rocky Sunico

    I was initially expecting this to be a lighter fluffy adventure but this turned out to be a great story with some subtle touches connected to major character plot points from the show. In particular the book nicely tries to address more of Sadie's struggle during Lars' absence while in space. It's subtle but very in tune with the theme and tone of the show, which makes for good reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    3,5 rounded up because I am a sucker for a Sadie-centric story. While the art is still not quite up to the show, this is a lot closer than some of the other OGNs have been. Here, we get to see what exactly Sadie was thinking and doing when Lars was off being a renegade Starfleet captain... or something.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matt Glaviano

    3.5 stars. Enjoyed much more than I've enjoyed recent SU graphic novels, of which I've generally been pretty disparaging. I liked where it fit in the timeline of the show, and I really enjoyed Sadie being a focal character. Everyone just felt more like themselves than I've felt at times in recent readings. Even though the montages were effective. I'm glad that Harper made me read it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Re •

    super cute, as per steven universe. it always nice to see the ganag, working and not always fighting monsters. but doing cute filler things!! i loved the whole premise and made me really want a donut, i liked the real world spoof and touches it was very cute!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    A fun adventure selling food truck doughnuts, but on a deeper level this is a look into Sadie's tender heart as she thinks about Lars being so far away. Sardonyx makes a guest appearance as well!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grundy

    Anything Steven Universe will probably get all the stars from me

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Happy to see more Sadie stories, plus a surprise fusion guest appearance!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Very sweet, and lots of fun of callbacks to one of the first season episodes.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hailey

    I didn't love this, but it was fun enough. Obviously, I am in the minority in my feelings on this one, so if you love Steven Universe, definitely pick this up while you patiently (or maybe impatiently) wait for the movie!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Oma

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eozita

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Becker

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tobey

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Prange

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elle

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Florence

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shannon O'Donnell

  28. 4 out of 5

    Miss Ryoko

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara

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