The first in a new series of graphic novels from long-time doodler and well-known American illustrator, Judd Winick.
In Berke County, DJ has a pretty boring life where he lives in the shadows of his siblings who all excel at something. The only thing he is good at is being a friend to Gina but then she leaves and he has nothing that makes him special.
Things dramatically change when a strange boy crashes to Earth wearing nothing but silver underwear. HiLo has no idea who is, where he is from and why he suddenly fell to Earth. Frightening flashbacks suggest that trouble is looming and it will be up to HiLo, along with the help of his new best friends, to save Earth from being destroyed forever…
This graphic novel has everything a good science-fiction read should have - superpowers, other worlds, portals, a crazy villain and his army of giant robotic critters threatening to destroy planet Earth and an unlikely hero and his new best friends that are required to save the day.
HiLo provides much entertainment and plenty of laughs. Whilst he may excel in speed reading, firing lasers out of his hands and have a photographic memory he struggles with the ideas of clothing and eating. Further giggles come from the naive and somewhat clueless DJ as he tries to keep his new found friend secret. Easier said than done as HiLo introduces himself to DJ’s family, enrols himself in DJ’s school and befriends Gina - who arrives back in town on the same day HiLo crashes to Earth.
The read is colourful, action-packed and is a great deal of fun. In amongst the epic battles are genuine friendships between totally normal kids (and one robotic one) who find themselves drawn into HiLo's all action world. Thanks to HiLo, DJ realises his superpowers extend further than he ever imagined - being a loyal friend and displaying the utmost bravery in the face of adversity more than make up for not excelling in ballet or tennis or chemistry like his siblings. The action plays out in large panels and features a diverse range of characters.
Ending on a cliffhanger, readers will be desperate to know what happens next and no doubt HiLo, DJ and Gina are in for plenty more battles against raging robots.
Recommend for 7+.