How much do you know about the folklore and mythology of the Philippines? If you’re like me not much at all. So when I took a look at this kids comic, whose plot is just that, I wasn’t sure if I’d connect to it. Here’s the synopsis;
Bayani, a boy of 11, is desperately trying to care for his sick father (a fisherman) and keep food on the table for his small family. Unfortunately, the sun has been shining down on the islands for the last month and night refuses to fall. The land is growing parched from the constant heat and the fish are moving further and further away from shore. During this disaster, the rain god, Pati’, recruits Bayani to undertake a quest rescuing the nine kidnapped daughters of Lady Moon from the horrible monsters of lore. Bayani embarks on a great adventure with his friend, Tala, and using their wits, the kids defeat one hideous creature after another in their quest to rescue each of the Moon’s daughters.
At first even this sounded a bit too… complicated(?) for me. I’m not really a big mythos guy, sure I read Tolkien but all the really hokey stuff bored me. But I knew from the really kid friendly, accessible art I’d have to give it a shot. Writer Travis McIntire found the perfect balance. He gives you all the info needed to understand the world you’re in and what’s happening in it by just telling the story. That sounds sort of simple doesn’t it? Yup it is. He tells the story really well. The pacing, the characters, the exposition, it all flows, keeping your interest page after page. I liked Bayani from the moment I met him and his story is one I want to read.
Grant Perkins, who is handling all penciling, inking, and coloring, has a style that can definitely be called kid friendly, cartoony even, but his faces are emotive, his action sequences well layed out, and his bad guys are just creepy enough. My only problem is that the all digital art approach (which this appears to be) can look a little flat. I know 90% of comics are done totally on a computer but I enjoy it more when they don’t look like it.
Taylor Esposito’s lettering is, as expected, perfect. The dude’s been doing this for a good long time and has worked on some amazing (and major) projects.
So where does that leave us? An engaging all-ages comic, with a take on the “heroes journey” that feels fresh. Solid art, from the layouts to the lettering. A definite 4 out of 5.
So just click the link and go buy it right? Not so easy my friends. Caliber Comics has picked it up, they are publishing it but as creator owned books go Travis needs to find the funding to get it off the ground.
So click the link and buy it through his kickstarter, and don’t give me that noise about kickstarters I haven’t put one out there in a while. I believe in this book, we need more cool kids comics. Especially ones that deal with places and people our children may never have heard of otherwise. Go kick a buck into the pot, and get a cool story to share with your kids.