Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.
Warning: minor spoilers.
Full disclosure, I’ll be backing this on Kickstarter myself!
To provide a brief reminder of what the Little Heroes Comics Charity is for, the publisher is raising funds by selling these issues. Little Heroes was started by Aaron Rackley to distribute comic-making kits to children following his own experience of cancer.
The second anthology is entitled ‘Family’ and was written by talented comic book creators who provided a wonderful range of stories that make up the anthology. This anthology was bought to us by:
- Galland and Amos – Creator – Rob Barnes
- Escape from Casa Kaiju – Writer – Forrest C. Helvie, Artist – Joseba Morales, Letterer – Adam Wollet
- Supermom & Catdad – Story – Rob Andersin, Artist – Rahil Mohsin
- Vampire Squid Boy – Story – Dwight and Rebecca Macpherson!, Artist – Matt Sandbrook, Logo and Letterer – Simon Robins
- The Mountain Wolf – Creator – Tom Roberts
- Hot Lava Monster – Writer and Letterer – Eddy Hedington, Artist – Fares Zoghlami
- Mandy the Monster Hunter in The Crocodile in the Carpet – Story – Mark Adams and Matt Warner, Script – Matt Warner, Artist – Lyndon White, Letterer – Nikki Foxrobot
- Tooth and Claw – Creator – Claire Spiller
- The Cov Kids – Creator – Nick Shingler
- Oh God – Writter – Stu Perrins, Artist – Tom Curry
- Family Fun – Creator – Kev Brett
- The Vital Ingredient: A Late Knights Story – Artist Matt Stross, Story – Jon Laight, Letterer – Ken Reynolds
- The Tale of the Chemonster – Story – Samuel London, Artist – Sarah Milman
- How to Think When You Draw – Creator – Lorenzo Etherington
As before the comics are a lot of fun. They are aimed at the children who may well be reading them from a hospital bed or while recovering from one treatment or another. They aim to inspire a feeling of togetherness and family. The stories are told usually from the perspective of a child or a parent in a variety of family situations. This includes families with the one parent or more strained relationships as well as the usual two parent set up. There are stories of adventure on grand scales, imaginary games, more simple challenges and it does get a little heavy in places (a very good thing!)
The art varies with each comic, providing a unique style to tell each story. This ranges from more cartoonish to heavily detailed. For me, the art of Lyndon White for ‘Mandy the Monster Hunter’ and Claire Spiller with ‘Tooth and Claw’ really stood out. Each of the artists though brought their stories to life and the work throughout is excellent.
Due to the huge number of artists I’ll have to forego my usual ‘can the artist draw hands’ question otherwise I’ll be writing this all night! Needless to say though, across the board they definitely can.
These comics are important, they provide an opportunity for children going through challenging times some much needed escapism through fun, heart-warming stories. I strongly encourage you to back this on Kickstarter or at least pick up a copy once it’s released.
Back it on Kickstarter here!
Score: 14 out of 10, keep up the incredible work!
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