When was the last time you read an "all-ages" comic? They don't happen often so it's an extreme breath of fresh air to see Mike Kunkel's HEROBEAR AND THE KID return.
The characters first appeared back in 1999. The premise is simple. Tyler is a kid that was given a stuffed bear. Tyler soon discovers there is magic with the bear as it transforms into a life-sized hero. This is a story of adventure, friendship and the belief in magic.
If you're concerned at having missed previous adventures, there's no need to worry. The very first page even reveals who gave Tyler the stuffed bear and when he first discovered the secret. This is a stand alone story and everything you need to know in order to enjoy the tale is contained here. As Tyler has to face "picture day" at school, there are other events that pop up that could prevent that from happening as Tyler has to make decisions on the fly to make everything work out.
Aside from the touching and fun story, there's also Kunkel's art. I've seen some concern over this being a "black-and-white" comic but the grey tones along with red give the art a unique feel. It adds life to Herobear's appearance and makes the images pop off the page. Kunkel's art is great. It has such a warm and animated feel to it. If this comic doesn't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will.
We have to wait until August for the five-issue miniseries to begin in order to get more.
If you have kids in your life or are a kid at heart, you need to read HEROBEAR AND THE KID. Mike Kunkel is back with the characters he created and all we can say is it's about time. This is a book great for everyone. It may be suitable for kids but that doesn't mean it's only for kids. Comics don't have to be full of despair, suspense and terror. Comics can be fun and enjoyable. If you can't appreciate the nature of this comic, you might want to schedule an appointment with a cardiologist to see if there's a cure for your blackened heart.