I was 11 in 1981. It was a hell of a year in film, movies like Raiders of The Lost Ark, Clash of the Titans, Escape From New York, Excaliber, even Stripes were in theaters. Television premiered shows like; Simon and Simon, The Fall Guy, Today’s F.B.I. and a bunch of others I loved. It was a really good year. But then we had the cartoons…
Ouch. I mean really, Goldie Gold and Action Jack and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends were okay I guess but there was also; The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam!, The Kwicky Koala Show, Space Stars, Trollkins, and of course The Smurfs.
I get it, I was eleven. These shows weren’t meant for me, but the fact remains I’ve never bothered looking at any of Peyo’s (creator of the Smurfs) work because of that show. It’s one of those cartoons that can actually drive me to violence. (Which is probably why my 7 yr old insists on watching it whenever she notices it’s on)
Well I review comics now, so when a publisher sends you something to look at you kind of feel obligated to at least check it out. Which is of course how I happened upon Benny Breakiron.
Benny Breakiron is an honest, polite little boy with an exceptional quality: he possesses superhuman strength, can leap over huge distances, and can run unbelievably fast! This little kid packs quite a punch, and he devotes his play time to stopping crime and injustice. But that’s only half the story; every time he gets a cold he loses his superpowers, and when he has them he’s too strong to play with the other kids!
Life may not be easy for Benny, but his town sure needs his help. If there’s a problem, Benny will put a stop to it once and for all, and hopefully keep the property damage to a minimum!
I really enjoyed this book. It has an innocence that is totally missing in today’s comics. That’s not to say that it’s simple or sappy. Benny is a true young boy, with attitude to match.
The mystery doesn’t run too deep and the solution isn’t too difficult. Benny saves the day and no one is the wiser, but that is one of the things that make it so charming. I’ll be picking this book up, I think my son will love it when he’s a little older.
5 out of 5 for nostalgia, innocence, and kid superheroes