Earthling

Earthling
Tim Rummel & Mark Fearing
Reviewed by John Lloyd
Chronicle Books
Thu, 02/02/2012
9780811871068
£14.99

When Bud finds himself light years from home, in a school peopled by aliens who all hate Earth and Earthlings, he has to pretend to be a different species altogether – one which is famous for its sporting prowess.

That game, played in zero-gravity, is new to him, but will provide his only way of escaping the school and getting back home. Can he possibly swing it, to leave and get back to normality?

This is a very good example of one-shot graphic novels for the under-twelves. The page layouts are easily readible; the characters and the author’s own inking are boldly and simply defined while never being over the top. A small flaw could be the digital colouring, which actually looks a little too old-fashioned for such a sharp, modern, funky piece.
 
The plot is great fun, covering as it does the propaganda against Earth on board the school, the sport, the escape plans – and Bud’s new-found life with his new alien friends. It’s a very successful debut piece from this creator - it ticks all the boxes and shows great promise for future works.

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