Kicking the Evil Corporation’s Butt in The Silver Six

GameStop, Inc.

Written By A.J. Liebman
Art By Darren Rawlings
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ISBN: 978-0545370981

photo 4In the future if you don’t have any parents, you’re sent to a government orphanage and forced to work   After the death of her parents, Phoebe manages to escape authorities for a while, but she is eventually captured. The only thing she keeps is a deed for the Orphan Moon Registration. She and five other kids learn they each have a copy of the same deed. After Phoebe leads an escape to an uninhabited moon, they learn they share a mysterious connection. Their happiness is brief, however, as an evil corporate boss seeks to steal the moon’s natural resources. The only thing Phoebe and her friends can do is fight to keep what is theirs.
On reading the the synopsis, it doesn’t seem that The Silver Six has anything to offer other than the usual “fighting the adults” plot. After several pages getting to know Phoebe and her hardships, it becomes clear that the graphic novel takes a new approach to the usual tired plot. Phoebe and her friends are all coping with the loss of their parents and are kept in the orphan equivalent of a work camp. Plus the corporate boss has caused their misery in more than ways than one. This guy is very evil without any redeeming qualities and his persistence endangers not only the heroes, but also the entire planet. That might make it less believable, but it s more exciting. The other original factor is the story’s futuristic setting. The world is what would happen if The Jetsons was set in a dystopian society and Spaceliy’s Sprockets ran the entire planet.

Much how the story, the art poses a unique approach. Most children’s graphic novels are full of rounded curves and gentle lines, but Darren Rawlings can only be described a spiky. His style adds a quality edge that conveys the pressing mission the heroes must complete. It’s also like reading a cool hand drawn cartoon from the 1990s.

The Silver Six is an exciting science-fiction for kids and will even keep the pages turning for the adult reader.

 

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