PopCultHQ received a review copy of Kid Brooklyn: Genesis Vol. 1 from Kid Brooklyn Inc. Available October 2017, the creative team for this series features writing from Jaden Anthony, Joseph Anthony, Dennis Calero, art from Crimzon Studio, colors by Tina Ghadge and Dennis Calero, and lettering from Amit Ghadge and Dennis Calero.
Here’s PopCultHQ’s spoiler-free review of…
Available: October 2017
After his home world is destroyed, he entrusts Kid Brooklyn, who happens to be from “Brooklyn, NY” with a rare “Sun Stone”. Sun Stones are the most powerful natural element in the universe. Powered by the sun, the Sun Stone gives Kid Brooklyn and his friends super powers. A Sun Stone can amplify your natural talents, making them super natural. Once they except their destiny, they must use these newly found powers to stop the alien race from destroying Earth’s natural resources.
A graphic novel unlike any other, this three-person team of writers has set out with a specific goal in mind for this first volume in the Kid Brooklyn series…and they make good on that goal. It’s a graphic novel that is different from all the usual ones out on the market in that it tells a different kind of story. Readers will be drawn to it initially because of it being different, and will walk away edified and wanting to read future publications in the Kid Brooklyn series.
Crimzon Studio’s art is mind-blowing. It’s glossy and gloriously laid out. While it changes a bit during the course of the book, this doesn’t take away from the excitement of the plot. The world presented is more then just the world of Brooklyn in New York, it lays the course for a bigger story, one involving all life everywhere. New fans will love the story and love the art just as much.
Tina Chadge and Dennis Calero’s colors give the script and art weight. They make the characters, both the human and alien ones, have form and substance on the printed and digital page. It helps give the reader a sense of the kind of story being told here, if they can have better visual understanding of the characters beyond the lines and work of the art. Tina and Dennis get a hearty “well done” for their contribution to this new book, and with the hope that they will be involved with the rest of the series.
Amit Chadge and Dennis Calero’s lettering carries some weight to it as well. Lettering is all about taking the writers’ words and the artists’ art and the colorists’ colors, and putting in the final piece of the puzzle to make the whole project come to life. Without Amit and Dennis’ lettering, there would be no final piece. Each character wouldn’t be themselves, not really. Both Amit and Dennis provide great lettering, helping the TPB along and offering that final enticement for readers and new fans.
PopCultHQ’s overall assessment:
A graphic novel about an ordinary kid from Brooklyn thrust into an epic space adventure. It’s not the typical TPB out there on the market that’s for sure. It sends a message, about family, about standing up for what is right and about the environment and what needs to be done to protect it. Kid Brooklyn: Genesis sets out with the goal mentioned above of providing readers with a great story that will also inform them a bit about Earth. And it does all that and more in spades. There is nothing like this out right now and the folks at Kid Brooklyn Inc. have started the ball rolling on something amazing.
5 Out of 5 Stars