Iron Circus Comics puts out an assortment of cool stuff from more adult works to all-ages books. Their latest release, "Softies," is a young adult graphic novel that is a bit like a younger-readers version of, "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy." Titled, "Softies," this book is written and illustrated by Kyle Smeallie and it is a hoot. "Sofites," follows the last human to survive an Earth that has suddenly exploded (the reason is purposely left unclear) named Kay as she ends up on a trash ship.
There she meets a lizard-alien named Arizona and a fox-like alien who goes by the name Euclid. From there an assortment of vignettes occur as Kay, Arizona, and Euclid encounter all kinds of interesting aliens and situations. From a so-so comedy show to a diner being attacked by a mutated creature, a bunch of fun and humorous situations occur. There are some heartfelt situations too, as Kay comes to terms with the destruction of Earth, but I loved the more funny moments and Smeallie's artwork is fantastic at expressing how crazy and different these space creatures are.
"Softies," goes on sale October 20th and I'd encourage you to seek out a copy from your preferred comic-store/bookstore/online retailer at that time. I found it charming and if you have a younger reader around the ages of 10-12 who loves space this book will most likely be a perfect fit for them!
5 out of 5 stars.
Note: A digital copy of, "Softies," was provided for the purposes of review in one of the assorted press emails I often get.
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