Image Comics Everyday Hero Machine Boy in its Dull Glory
Image/Skybound have unveiled a (they say “electric”) new look at Everyday Hero Machine Boy, the all-new original graphic novel from rising stars Tri Vuong (the upcoming LEGO® NINJAGO®: GARMADON comic book series) and Irma Kniivila.
Available everywhere books are sold September 2022, Everyday Hero Machine Boy marks the first Middle Grade release from Skybound Comet, a new original graphic novel imprint aimed at Young Adult (Ages 12+) and Middle Grade (Ages 8-12) audiences, but sure to captivate readers of all ages.
And, unfortunately, for this writer – it’s about as aesthetically uninteresting as it can possibly get. Everyday Hero Machine Boy’s artwork is dull and uninspired. It’s artwork is an insult to the youth which are going to find it on the shelves. Proving yet again that comics studios just want a mix of old stories blended into something new. Original has lost the very meaning of the word when sores like this appear in the comic book industry space.
Image Comics tell us:
“When Machine Boy falls from the sky into the domed city of Mega 416, he leaves a wake of destruction in his path… until Karate Grandpa is able to turn on his heart. Now, Machine Boy wants nothing more than to become a hero! Whether he is fighting giant bugs in the school’s basement, rescuing cats from trees, or making the perfect spaghetti sauce, Machine Boy is always looking for the best way to help others. But when his heart begins to interact dangerously with other debris from space, Machine Boy wonders if he can be a power for good after all.”
As you can see in the preview pages included in this article, the design of Everyday Human Machine Boy seems to just borrow from an Ash Ketchum archetype, throw in some Astro Boy looking cuteness and then expect the rest of the story to sing for itself. Unfortunately, for this writer, Tri Vuong and Irma Kniivila have swung for the fences and scored themselves an epic miss.
Despite all this, it might be your thing if blatant YA plagiarism floats your boat.
You can order Everyday Hero Machine Boy with the Diamond Code MAY218589 at your local comic shop. With digital platform suspects such as Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play also releasing this on Wednesday, September 7 and everywhere books (that’s the things without pictures) are sold on Tuesday, September 13.
Everyday Hero Machine Boy will be joined by Skybound Comet launch titles Clementine Book One (Diamond Code MAY218587) by award-winning writer/artist Tillie Walden (Spinning, On a Sunbeam) in June 2022 and Sea Serpent’s Heir Book One (Diamond Code MAY218588) from acclaimed creators Mairghread Scott (Star Wars: Resistance, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Pablo Tunica (TMNT Universe) in October 2022.
And don’t miss Clementine #1, available on Free Comic Book Day May 7, 2022, featuring an all-new FCBD exclusive cover by Tillie Walden and extended previews of Skybound Comet OGNs Clementine Book One, Everyday Hero Machine Boy, and Sea Serpent’s Heir Book One.
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