Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Remember HiLo? That crazy robot kid from another dimension who destroyed was sucked into The Void in order to save earth from a terrible robot? Well, HiLo is back, along with DJ and Gina, to stop more monsters from coming through. There's a giant mutant chicken, a magical warrior cat that owes HiLo a debt, millions of killer vegetables, and a monster robot that is threatening to break free of The Void. Top that all up with an existential crisis as HiLo gains more and more memory from his former life, and we have ourselves one bona fide adventure.
These books are seriously laugh out loud funny. So many great little moments like HiLo talking out of his big toe, the only body part that wasn't sucked into the void. HiLo's hyper cheery attitude is contagious. It's hard to have a lot of character growth and depth in a graphic novel for middle graders, yet Winick does so as if it is nothing. And I won't spoil the ending, but it is seriously tragic and I don't think I expected it to go there. Also, upset that I have to wait almost a year to find out what happens.
A fantastically rendered graphic novel that is going to leave kids in hysterics and I'm thinking will make some wonderful presents for some of the little readers in my life.