Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Today's read... The Last Comics on Earth by Max Brallier

It's graphic novel time! I haven't been doing as many this year as I'd hoped it. So, it's time to change that. Today's read comes from a bestselling author and shoots-off from a previous novel, The Last Kids on Earth. I'm expecting quite the wild, hilarious, and just-pure-fun read with this one...perfect for a lazy day in the self-built fort with snacks on the side. (No, I unfortunately don't have one of these myself).

Let's see if it is!

by Max Brallier
with Joshua Pruett
Illustrated by Jay Cooper & Douglas Holgate
Viking Books for Young Readers
Middle Grade Adventure / Graphic Novel
240 pages
ages 8 to 12

The Last Kids on Earth are creating THEIR OWN COMIC BOOK!

From worldwide bestselling author Max Brallier comes a full-color graphic novel spin-off series based on the #1 New York Times , Wall Street Journal , and USA Today bestselling Last Kids on Earth!

Jack, Quint, June, and Dirk are about to face a challenge unlike any they’ve faced before . . . At their local comic book store, the kids make a startling they’ve read every last issue of their favorite comic, Z-Man , and no new issues are coming...ever! (Thanks a lot, apocalypse.). Nooo!

Our heroes have but one continue Z-Man’s legacy by writing and illustrating THEIR OWN COMIC BOOK! Step one? Knock off their beloved Z-Man and cast themselves as super rad, super goofy, superhero protectors of the mysterious city of Apocalyptia. What could possibly go wrong? Just about everything!

Fans are sure to love this hilarious, action-packed, four-color graphic novel series by the creators of The last Kids on Earth.



Superheroes unite for an exciting, thrilling, and hilarious adventure.

Z-Man left the last adventure on a huge cliff-hanger, and while these kids are super excited to find out what will happen next...they never will. The comics ends there, which just doesn't work. Determined not to let their favorite, comic superhero hang like that, the kids get together to form their own story. Danger, adventure, villains, and much more await them.

From beginning to end, this is a fun adventure to dive into. While the author has had this gang of kids in an earlier adventure, that book does not have to be read to enjoy this one. Jack, Quint, June and Dirk are true friends, while still being as different as different could be...which isn't really the case, since they all love Z-Man, hanging out together, and are great at dreaming up their own superheroes. The adventures they come up with are packed with great attitudes and hearts of gold as they face danger, unexpected twists (lots of these), and heroic moments pure. The humor and enthusiasm beams off of every page as they come against the most amazing villains and tackle impossible situations. And considering this comes from their imaginations, it does go over-the-top in the most delightful ways. 

I'm betting the author and illustrators had fun creating this read, since it lets kids' dreams fly and radiates enjoyment even when things get tense and sticky. The 'realistic' moments are placed in more boring white, black, and blue graphics, while the imagined, superhero amazement is in bold colors. Each superhero gets to present their backstory and their secret hideout, too, which was a nice touch and will have, at least, some readers already planning their own superhero-alter-egos as well as designing their own hideouts. There are messages of friendship and such, but this book is all about fun. And that in heaps and mounds.

And here they are...

Max Brallier
 is a #1  New York Times,  USA Today, and  Wall Street Journal bestselling author. His books and series include The Last Kids on Earth, Eerie Elementary, Mister Shivers, Galactic Hot Dogs, and Can YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? He is a writer and producer for Netflix's Emmy Award-winning adaptation of  The Last Kids on Earth. Visit him at  MaxBrallier.com.

Joshua Pruett 
is an Emmy Award Winning TV Writer and the only human being on Earth to have written for both MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 and DOCTOR WHO. Joshua has worked in animation for over 15 years, inflicting laughter (and monsters) on others, writing on Disney’s PHINEAS AND FERB, the feature film CANDACE AGAINST THE UNIVERSE and the Emmy Winning adaptation of THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH for Netflix. He is also co-author of SHIPWRECKERS: THE CURSE OF THE CURSED TEMPLE OF CURSES, OR WE NEARLY DIED. A LOT. with Scott Peterson. LAST COMICS is his first Graphic Novel! He’s on Twitter: @zombietardis

Jay Cooper
 is the illustrator and writer of over 20 books for kids young and old, including the national best-selling Your Guide To Not Getting Murdered In A Quaint English Village—and a contributor to the New York Times #1 best-selling series, The Last Kids on Earth. Jay is also a Clio award-winning creative director of theatrical advertising, having crafted art and advertising for more than 140 Broadway shows. Most importantly, his dog is named Bradley Cooper.

Douglas Holgate has been a freelance comic book artist and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia, for more than ten years. He's illustrated books for publishers includingHarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette, and Simon& Schuster, and comics for Image, Dynamite, Abrams, and Penguin Random House. 

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