That Bulletproof Kid has a very classic feel to it. Teenage superhero trying to juggle a personal life with the ever difficult extracurricular activity of fighting crime. And from what we see in the first issue, this isn’t any ordinary crime. This looks like a book that will take us all over the place. No cliches here. Matt Kyme teams with Arthur Strickland to put a very comfortable book to the shelves. The cover says it all. “Your new favourite comic book.” Turns out that having super powers isn’t easy. Anthony Fischer knows that all too well. During a typical school day, Anthony is forced to dawn his superhero attire and leave campus unexpectedly. When he arrives on scene of Monochrome’s newest criminal plot, blood is spilled and a very typical day of fighting crime turns out to not be very typical at all. What could this mean for our hero? Has he bitten off more than he can chew?
The writing is good. Matt makes it easy to settle in to the character really early on. That’s a good thing. The story isn’t too layered with confusing backstory and character bios. Sometimes you have to be careful with that stuff. Luckily, by the end of this issue, you already know what kind of book it will be. That makes it easy to keep it in your pull. Some people think that shock and awe are the most important things in storytelling, I don’t. I think that a solid character driven by solid plot keeps a story alive. That right there is That Bulletproof Kid.
I also like the art in this. It goes well with the script. I get kind of an Invincible feel when I’m looking at it. Actually the whole book takes all of the good things from that book and leaves the bad. There is a presence of a cartoon-like look, but the characters are drawn descriptively enough to make sure that the dramatic moments stay that way. Nice work all around.
The best word that I can use to describe this book is probably “solid”. You know exactly what you’re getting with it. And I think that there is a lot of room to grow. That keeps me interested. If I was under the impression that this book couldn’t ever get any better, I wouldn’t be interested, but I know that that isn’t the case. This is worth your time.