10th Apr2020

‘Canto: Vol.1’ Graphic Novel Review

by Chris Cummings

Written by David M. Booher | Art by Drew Zucker | Published by IDW Publishing, 152pp


Published by IDW, Canto Volume 1, from David M. Booher and artist Drew Zucker, is the story of a little robot who is trying to find himself a heart, with a nod and a wink to the likes of The Wizard of Oz along the way. A wee heroic mechanical fella who embarks on an inter-dimensional journey, away from the slavery of his people, and out into the big wide world.

I was immediately hooked on the beautiful art style and whimsical story at play here, a fantasy adventure story about a brave little knight who encounters monsters (some good, some bad), magic and a variety of curious creatures as he attempts to find a heart for the girl he loves. It takes on the Henson-esque vibes of Dark Crystal or Labyrinth, as well as the charm and emotional journey of Oz, and mixes them up into this beautifully told, touching and thoroughly entertaining adventure tale. It’s bold, with wonderful characters and great art, with a real deep and vivid concept behind it all. I was really impressed and entranced by this book, I have to say.

With allies by his side, and creatures awaiting to battle him, Canto is that little engine that could, the character we all love to root for. I mean, what’s not to love here? A tale of heart in more ways than one, we spend our time with this resolved robotic warrior who tries with all his might to fight for the good and to push forward for love. It’s part epic and part love story, and I urge you to check it out if you’re one for the fantastical worlds of puppets, creatures and science fiction staples. An absolute delight.

**** 4/5

Canto Vol.1 is out now, grab a copy from Amazon.


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