Generally around this time of year most homes are overflowing with cheer. With presents piling up under the Christmas fir and assorted lights decorating communities inside and out, even with the occasional holiday tiff good will and happiness tends to resonate with most Americans. Vertical’s latest release is about as cheery as it gets for this company. The most recent volume of Stan Lee’s Heroman moves away from the action and suspense of Skrugg busting and alien smashing, in favor of focusing its spotlight on the everyday activities of Central City, USA; where sports are king, fast food is consumed in mass quantities and cheerleading is just as violent an activity as football or superhero-ing!
The second volume of Heroman finds our middle school aged protagonist Joey Jones and our amazing robot superhero continuing their battle against Skrugg invasion! Tougher and tougher opponents are beaming down from above to try their hand at causing destructive and taking out the Heroman. However, both Heroman and Joey are always ready to fight, bringing their all to each encounter. When Will, brother of love-interest Lina and general bully, sees Joey’s new found determination and ends up owning him his life several times over, he too decides that he can be a hero. Can Will aid Joey in the fight against the Skrugg or become an unnecessary that distraction goes horribly wrong?
The combined efforts of the top creative minds of both America and Japan make Stan Lee’s Heroman a noteworthy entry into the wide world of shonen manga. The stakes are high and the aliens just keep on coming, you can bet that Joey and Heroman are taking us one wild journey. With pulsating fights against an attacking alien horde, fiery characters with memorable personality, and a blistering excess of shonen spirit, this manga brings it all! Heroman, bringing an alien invasion right to your hands, is the perfect stocking stuffer for every shonen fan, young or old.