Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.
Warning: minor spoilers.
I wanted to do something a little different this week. While I’m still reviewing a comic this is something a bit more special as the publisher is also raising funds for a charity by selling these. To give a brief overview of what they do, Little Heroes was started by Aaron Rackley to distribute comic-making kits to children following his own experience of cancer.
The first anthology is entitled ‘Strength’ 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:
- Totally Beast – Creator (and cover art for the anthology) – Ross Burt
- The Bike Force – Writer – Tony Esmond, Artist – Susie Gander, Letterer – Dan Butcher
- Ell and the Vile Alien – Creator – Kev Brett
- Rule of Three – Writer – Vincentius Talbot, Artist – Stefan Nymzo
- Strong / Invincible – Creator – T. Leal
- New Fish in Town – Creator – Tom Curry
- Strength – Creator – Simon Russell
- The Flying Halfpennies – Creator – Nick Prolix
- The Hero Within – Creators – Mo Ali and Andy Bloor
While the comics are primarily aimed at kids they are a lot of fun. They cover a range of genres, from action adventure to super heroes, sports to animals. The theme of strength is picked up through many different lenses, and there are homages to the superhero genre, with the creators showing a clear passion for the form of media their stories are presented in. I really enjoyed the accessibility offered by the stories where there is a portrayal of strength for everyone. Strength is far from limited to being a purely physical or triumphant act as well. Strength is shown to be facing your fears, overcoming huge obstacles or when need be punching an invading alien in the face (physical strength is still an important type of strength!).
Naturally there is a different art style for each of the individual comics and each of the artists is unique. Each of these matches the tone of the comic from over-exaggerated loony toons to accentuate the action and comedy, to simple black and white line drawings to add an edge of realism. What is more impressive is the number of small teams and solo efforts for each of the mini comics. There aren’t full teams working on these but usually one or two or at most three people taking on the whole task.
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.
As I said, this is something special and can offer kids going through an incredibly hard time a creative outlet that anyone would crave. I would really recommend checking Little Heroes out. You can buy:
- Physical issues on their website at: http://littleheroescomics.co.uk/
- Or in person at the True Believer’s Comic Festival in Cheltenham this weekend! (3rd – 4th February)
- Digital issues on the Comichaus app at: Google Play or iPhone App Store
Score: 14 out of 10, would read again and again.