My Hero?. by Kim, Horvarth, et al., is the latest comic collection in the UglyDoll series. While the title might seem insulting, it isn’t. Each of the characters are monsters who are adorable in spite of their unique look. The authors wisely cash in on the current superhero frenzy sweeping the nation. Traditional as well as everyday rescuers step up to defend the helpless, making the world a better place. Most of the time, anyway. Any given situation generally has more going on than what is shown to the public.
“My Hero” takes a look at the world of firefighters. When the alarm goes off, they head out on a new adventure. Although the situation looks familiar, there is an added twist which will help the story to stick in the memory of any reader.
A superhero needs special powers, right? In “Choose Wisely,” those who want to take on the persona are given the opportunity to do so with whatever unique talent they wish. Each option has its own downside, as readers will quickly pick up on. Some new comic developers make contributions to this series. While each has a different take on the main theme, the results are still worth the read.
“To-Fu Oyako meets UglyDoll” is by DevilRobots, a five person group who come from Tokyo. It pretty much what the title implies. Two beings who kind of resemble flattened marshmallows make a trip into the land of UglyDoll. To say the voyage is not exactly what is expected would be a serious understatement.
Mad Barbarians contributes “Zombie Hero.” Those readers who enjoy watching the television show The Walking Dead will appreciate this one. A certain train track plays a major role, and there is a twist at the end.
One nice touch is the all inclusiveness of the book’s main theme. No matter who one appears to be, being a hero will be an obtainable goal. Junko Mizuno brings forth this concept in “UglyDolls in Pretty Fruits.” A moral is built within about not leaving outside appearances as the sole idea for judgement.
Perhaps the best part of this story collection is the section on how to create a heroic tale of one’s own. A six sided die can be helpful, and prompts set up all the details.
All in all, there is something for every reader to enjoy in the story set. The characters are a little bizarre, but they will draw in many an interest in perusing this book’s pages.