Plutona by Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox, & Jordie Bellaire
Plutona reminds me a lot of a 1980s movie; think Stand by Me meets Adventures in Babysitting, sort of. It’s about a group of kids brought together by friendship and chance that go out exploring one night and stumble upon what they believe to be a dead body. Except that, this dead body is a super hero, named Plutona. Now I am not generally a huge fan of superhero graphic novels or comics, but this is not your usual fair. It is not all slick, graphic, battles between ego driven heroes and villains but more about the everyday lives of those involved. One of my favorite pages is a split rendering of Plutona’s face, the super hero side that says, “Metro City needs me.” And the normal everyday side which reads, “But I have to finish this double shift first.” I mean, don’t we all feel like that from time to time, torn between things we need to do, and never having enough time to get everything done? I guess it’s just nice to know even superhero’s can’t accomplish everything. This story is more (so far anyhow) about the group of kids who find her. It’s short but sweet with some great comic book art within its pages.