Comic Review: Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy Vol 4 TPB (Dark Horse)

Volume 4 of Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy is now released by Dark Horse. Space Boy, the product of cartoonist and writer Stephen McCranie’s active imagination, started In March 2015 as […]

Volume 4 of Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy is now released by Dark Horse.

Space Boy, the product of cartoonist and writer Stephen McCranie’s active imagination, started In March 2015 as a serialized online strip on Webtoons. With Volume 4 of Space Boy now available, things are obviously going well! It’s still running today!

So what is Space Boy? If you are like me and start reading Volume 4, you’re jumping into the series mid-stream. As McCranie himself describes it, “A girl who belongs in a different time. A boy possessed by an emptiness as deep as space. A story about an alien artifact, a mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years.”

Amy ascribes a ‘flavour’ to everyone. Some people ‘taste’ like chamomile tea with lemon, for example. She thinks she has found a connection with a young boy named Oliver, but it isn’t that simple. Oliver is, how we say, complicated. Is he “Space Boy”? And so we embark on a soul-searching sci-fi adventure, full of spies, friendship-altering experiences, and much more.

It’s a quick read, with sequences of large panels and step by step word balloons that guide us through Amy’s day. The drawings are charming and well executed. The colouring is child-friendly, as is the overall take on being a thoughtful friend.

Dark Horse, Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy Volume 4 TPB, $10.99 for 220 pages of digest-sized content. Ages 10+

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!