Brian & Bobbi

Brian & Bobbi
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November 22, 2010
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Brian and Bobbi, the latest release from Philadelphia based publisher 215 Ink, the new publishers of the cult favorite Jesus Hates Zombies, we meet two young people who find themselves trying to make some sort of sense of their lives in a world filled with super-powered beings. Featuring a story by comic book writer Adam Wilson, this graphic novel is the tale of Brian, a young man ignored all his life despite being born with unfathomable superpowers, and Bobbi the illegitimate daughter of a superhero who can?t convince anyone she?s just a regular kid. As their relationship evolves readers experience a fun and poignant coming-of-age story set upon a grand superhero backdrop.

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Reader reviewed by Jessie Hall

Personally, I could care less about a bunch of overly buff men and women running around in spandex fighting each other.  But Brian & Bobbi isn't a story about superheroes.  Sure one of the main character has superpowers and the other is a superhero's daughter, but all that takes back seat to the characters themselves.  

Brian & Bobbi is a graphic novel by writer Adam Wilson with art by Franco Viglino.  The story follows two teenagers who have had drastically different childhoods.  Brian is the forgotten son of a family where even having superpowers isn't enough to get anyone's attention; while Bobbi has to deal with an overbearing mother and the fact she's the illegitimate daughter of a superhero.  

When the two meet by chance both their worlds are suddenly turned upside down.  Brian finds himself being thrust into the world of superheroes, fumbling his way through fight after fight, only to discover in the end he actually enjoys doing it.  And though Bobbi tries her best to be a mentor to Brian, she eventually finds out her intentions may not be as sincere as she thought.

Wilson sets up an interesting dynamic between the two main characters.  Though some of the moments are a bit ridiculous, he manages to find a real emotional core for each character which makes them realistic and relatable, even when they're dealing with an army of giant robots.  Viglino's art plays a huge part in this as well.  His style suits Wilson's storytelling perfectly and his ability to capture emotion only emphasizes some of the more emotional points in the story, making them really hit home.  

So while I can't say whether or not this book will have much appeal for fans of traditional superhero comics, I can promise you that anyone who enjoys fun and heartfelt storytelling will find Brian & Bobbi to be a real treat.
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