Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Middle grade graphic novels can be very hit or miss. Just from the cover alone, I assumed Hilo would be a winner, but I had no clue it would be this good.
The story is pretty simple. Hilo crashes to Earth, is discovered by a neighborhood boy, and is quickly assimilated into the local town. Quickly, though, we start getting snippets of why Hilo has come to Earth, how he got here, and what's going to follow.
The story plots itself out really well, with a good mix of reveals and development. The entire cast of characters is fun, there are numerous callbacks that remain funny without losing their luster, and there's the right level of danger and fun for this audience to more than get the story across. I raced right through this and was quickly sad that I know I'll have to wait a while for the next volume.
On a whole, great for any comic lovers, but a great introduction to comics for the right readers. Definitely worth room on your shelves.
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