Kara O'Connor

Comic Review: Howtoons [Re]ignition #1

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Howtoons have been giving kids fun with engineering projects for ten years. Continuing the adventure, they have now released a new comic through Image, Howtoons [Re]ignition.

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HowToons [Re]Ignition #1 cover courtesy of Image Comics

Howtoons [Re]ignition #1
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Tom Fowler
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: August 6, 2014

Grab your own copy of Howtoons Reignition #1 and then pre-order Howtoons Reignition #2!

Celine and Tucker are two young siblings with scientist parents, which often means there are lots of fun projects around to keep them out of trouble. In their latest adventure via Image comics, the kids are brought down into their parents’ bunker to stave off an explosion. The detonation, conducted by the well-known Dinosaur corporation, will be performed on various volcanoes around the world in an effort to cover the planet with ash and slow global warming. Celine and Tucker’s parents fear this idea with good reason and proceed to protect their family by engaging in hyper-sleep deep underground. However, the real adventure begins when the kids are awakened by their sentient robot who informs them mom and dad left more than two weeks ago to find more energy for their manufactured habitat. Celine and Tucker, worried and alone, are forced to go above ground to search for them.

Written by Fred Van Lente, the comic book is fun and well-suited for younger kids. It contained many cool “how to’s” that I can’t wait to attempt myself, including a PVC marshmallow gun and protective goggles made from a used soda bottle. Tom Fowler’s art and Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire work together beautifully, creating art that reminded me of a Saturday morning cartoon. I could almost taste the Lucky Charms cereal on the back of my tongue. I would highly recommend this to any teacher (or parent) searching for a fun way to incorporate literacy and science into a child’s life.

Chuck full of fun AND learning, How Toons [Re]ignition is easily the best thing you should be buying for a kid this summer.

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