Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5
Genre: Graphic science fiction/superheroes
What did you like about the book? Huck is a shy small-town gas station attendant with a secret that his whole town helps him to keep. He has the power to know when someone needs help, and the ability to transport himself to the sufferer and help them. Huck gains pleasure from his weekly good deeds and seeks no thanks or reward. When a new-comer spills the beans, the media converges on Huck, along with corrupt politicians and bad guys. Parallel to Huck’s story is that of his mom, who has her own super power. She had been a prisoner of the evil Professor Orlov, escaped, and now lives in seclusion and anonymity. She gave Huck up as a baby to protect him. Both Huck and his mom end up on the run from Orlov and his minions. This is a classic American superhero story with a very relatable humble young guy (with the physique of a Mr. Universe) up against the forces of evil (who happen to be Russian). This action-packed story is a satisfying read, with hopefully more to come.
Anything you didn’t like about it? It has no non-white characters. Also, there is violence without gore, romance without sex, and apple pie: will it be exciting enough for teen graphic novel readers?!
To whom would you recommend this book? Give this to teen readers
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Teen graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: January 10, 2017