I love cruising through Comixology submit because you never know what you’re going to find. There are so many independent comic creators submitting now that there’s something for practically everyone. One of my finds this week was pure gold, and I’m not just talking about the title. The blurb for Golden Age reads “In the aftermath of World War II, a young Italian girl finds a stack of superhero comics and is inspired to become her village’s protector.” They had me at “World War II.”
Golden Age is a charming book, and I mean that in the best possible way. It’s a somewhat old-fashioned story (as befits a WWII story) where the kids actually use their imagination to have fun. They invent their costumes, the invent jobs for their superhero alter egos to do, and when life in their small village doesn’t present them with a lot of opportunities to be heroic, they don’t give up on their play, they find a way to make it work. This is a perfect book to share with today’s kids, who could learn a lot from Rosa and her friend Mario. I can’t wait to show it to my goddaughter—even though she’s very imaginative already, it might do her some good to see how kids managed before “screen time” was ever heard of. The artwork in this book is as sweet as the story it accompanies. Cecilia Latella has a knack for drawing children, and the vivid colors are bright like the memories of childhood. I also loved the shift in style for the comic that inspires Rosa to superherodom—it looks for all the world like a Golden Age comic about Hitler.
Golden Age is one of those stories you’re going to want to share with all the kids you know. It’s got a classic feel like Anne of Green Gables or Little House on the Prairie, but with the modern twist of comics that will hook kids who are more used to reading iPads than paper.
I’m giving it 5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.
Story: Rob Harrington & Giulie Speziani
Art: Cecilia Latella
Letters: Deron Bennett
Design: Christopher Kosek
Colors (page 5): Dustin Evans
Publisher: Ginger Rabbit Studios
Get it now at comiXology.com