By Hervé St-Louis
Jul 8, 2006 - 5:54
This book was created for younger audiences and mixes a few ingredients to create a new sensation. The French are not found of super heroes, but using the Star Academy analogy, they get their point across. The plot is predictable of course, including the ending. The creators were inspired by John Byrne and Chris Claremont. There are lots of homage to older American comics such as The Fantastic Four, The Transformers and Ultra Man. There are too much dialogue which slow down the reading. Yet, this series is a perfect introduction to super heroes.
If you know Gorillaz, you’ll recognize resemblance of the art work right away. It’s angular with round shape and weird poses. There is a lot of stuff happening in every panel, much of which could have been left out as it makes the storytelling incomprehensible. Sure the artist is great, but there’s no need to put so much in so little space. One can tell that the editor pulled no stop to make something that could compete with Mangas. They have taken over France and traditional comics don’t appeal to kids anymore. Hero Academy is trying to fix that, and it gets the job done.