June 5, 2014

Reviewing "The Undergrounds" Issue 1

"The Undergrounds" is a family adventure graphic novel series written by Geert Heetebrij and illustrated by Jonathan Lareva.  The series centers on a suburban family which upon moving into a new neighborhood discovers a hole in their backyard. This hole leads to a network of tunnels which contain doors to fairy tale worlds. The children of the family and their dog discover the hole the day they move in, and can't resist exploring it by the light of their big sister's smart phone.  The catch to the fun adventure is that once the kids open the gateways to the different worlds, the villains of those worlds can freely enter the children's world.

I must admit, I've never been much of a graphic novel/comic book reader. But this first taste of this nine-issue series definitely left me wanting more.  I need to find out what happens next! This first installment demonstrated that this series is perfect for a family to read together. The amazing illustrations and creative story arc draw the reader in right away. I'm confident that kids would eat this up and spend lots of time gazing at the illustrations, imagining themselves in a fantasy world. I would recommend it to any family who enjoys reading and to adults who are still kids at heart.

There's a heartwarming story behind this series as well. It all started as a bedtime story for Geert Heetebrij's four children.  They wanted to see the story come alive so Geert decided to write it, and brought Jonathan along for the ride as his very talented illustrator. This first issue was crowd-funded on Kickstarter and is now available for you to purchase here: http://www.undergroundscomic.com/ 

Disclaimer: I was provided an electronic version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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