When the site first launched I discussed the Kickstarter for Her0 – Book One from Misfit Corner Comics.  I was happy to give to the Kickstarter.  Last summer artist/writer Andrew Charipar shared a proof copy of Book One with me and I enjoyed it immensely.  When I talked about the Kickstarter back in January I said that the book is “Conan meets Bone – but totally kid-friendly.”  I stand by that statement.  But Hero is so much more.  It is a coming of age story about a young adventurer and his friend who go out into the world.  The young adventurer is named Hero and he has no clue that dark forces have been out to get him since the day he was born.

The Kickstarter ended and I was so happy when the book arrived less than two months later.  For a Kickstarter that is an amazing turnaround.  I knew immediately that I wanted to review the book.  Having already read it previously I knew that this is a book that is great for both kids and adults.  It’s a book that really should get to Scholastic so it can be in bookstores everywhere next to Amulet and Bone.  But as time went on I kept waiting for one thing.  The book to be on sale to the average public.  As I waited and waited I finally contacted Charipar who told me that the book is not yet available to order online.  So I waited on doing a review.  Why?  I thought if anyone reads this review and said, “This is right up my alley!” or “Hey, my kid may really enjoy this!” then they should be able to order it.  Because the book is really that good.  Now?  Now the book is finally available for the masses and I’m ready to heap my praise on this fun adventure comic.

The book starts off with Hero when he is very young, just a baby without a name.  We are introduced to his family and we are introduced to those who are watching the baby Tilamaroon (he looks like a fox mixed with a raccoon) from far away.  The book moves quickly to introduce Hero as a young teen along with his best friend, a bird named Pudge.  The start of the adventure has Hero and Pudge going to help Hero’s father with the harvest.

Hero and Pudge walk and walk.  As they walk they talk and by having a nice slow start we actually get to know the characters.  It’s a bit refreshing and you really feel the friendship come out through the writing.

The thing is…there’s evil everywhere.  What kind of adventure book would there be?  There’s obviously bad guys out there who would want to do the young adventurers harm.  But there are also some sinister kind of work at play.  It seems that there are evil creatures out there who know of Hero.  For some odd reason Hero is a threat to them – a threat that needs to be stopped.  So they watch Hero – waiting for their time to perhaps do the young lad harm.

Midway through the book Hero actually goes into a story that stops the action.  At first it seemed a bit weird to me.  The art style actually changes to differentiate from the rest of the comic.  But after a few pages I also really began to dig both the artwork change and the story that was being told.  I sat back and enjoyed the ride.

Eventually the story ends, eventually the story continues, and when the young boys reach their destination they finally find their world has turned upside down.  Suddenly the dangers of the world are all too real for them and while they were having a “fun little adventure” trying to help with the harvest they suddenly find themselves thrust into a real journey.

The problem with that?  These kids are way outside their comfort zone.  And the dangers they now find in front of them are no minor threats.  There are those who want to do them harm and will stop at nothing to do so.

This book is amazing.  It has such a fun feel to it.  I’ve already made the comparison to Bone and while they are two totally different stories I just get the same warm feeling.  I remember the three Bones wandering the woods and finding themselves in a whole new adventure in a brave new world.  I feel the same for Hero and Pudge.  They go off into the world (unlike the Bones…they are on this adventure willingly) and are faced with challenges they never thought they would have to face before.  It’s a good tale for kids because it is very empowering.  You aren’t going to be home forever, everything isn’t all sunshine and daisies, sometimes you need to be strong, and you may find out how great friendship can truly be.

I also just adored Charipar’s art style.  I love his artwork and this book really gets to show off his talent in ways I have never seen before in his previous Tales from the Cornerstone comic.  I really believe that if Charipar leaves behind a legacy it will be Hero.

And will I be surprised if one day kids all over the nation are buying the colored Scholastic version of Hero?  Not at all.  It is truly the kind of book that kids (and adults) will love to read over and over again.

Here’s hoping that we don’t have to wait too long for Book Two.  You can check out the book by clicking here.

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