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Preview: Hero Cats of Stellar City #20

HERO CATS #20

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Andy Duggan
Inks: Andy Duggan
Colors: Julie Barclay, Meg Daunting, Abby Hermes
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

“Bot to the Future” – The future holds nothing but suffering for Stellar City.  But the Hero Cat’s new friend, Durable Dave, wants to fix it!  Will the Hero Bots save the future… or destroy it?

Review: Hero Cats Of Skyworld (Issues 16-18)

The concept behind Hero Cats is relatively simple: it’s cats, but in a fantasy setting. They’re heroic–putting their lives on the line for human and feline companions alike. The latest issues expand the Hero Cats world from Stellar City to a brand new, mysterious planet; the titual “Skyworld” which, as it turns out, exists at the core of Jupiter.

Hero Cats is firmly in the middle of the road, quality-wise. The book is an easy introduction to comics for younger readers without over-simplifying. While the main cast leans on archetypes to fill in a classic fantasy quest party, the character development is engaging and exciting. Combine that with a plot just shy of formulaic and the book remains fun without becoming remarkable.

Writer Kyle Puttkammer makes up for stock character design with interesting relationships between cats, humans, and the supernatural realm of creatures. Lead Hero Cat Bandit is out of his element, and must navigate a literal new world of challenges in order to save both Sky World and his home Stellar City from annihilation. Puttkammer skips over chunks of time that may, in a book for older readers, be spent on “side quest” type stories or more complex character studies. For simplicity’s sake, though, when the solution to a Hero Cat problem is discovered, it is often executed off-screen. A perfect example is Maddie, the kitten haunted by angels and demons alike, who learns to control these supernatural voices in between issues.

Another element that keeps Hero Cats from landing completely in a “skip” pile is Omaka Schultz’s art work, particularly with the cats themselves. They are illustrated in such a way that blends both realistically feline and supernaturally powerful movements. Battle scenes practically jump off the page. For comic book vets, this is par for the course. The illustration style overall is remniscent of webcomics like Looking For Group—there is something sterile or digital about the art that makes it an easy “in” for new readers.

Overall, Hero Cats is a fun romp in a simple universe that can sometimes read like a marketing ploy. Each planet in the solar system is ostensibly protected by a different team of Hero Cats. Each trade reveals a different “realm”—one for each planet of the solar system. The formulaic format does, however, make it an easy comic to pick up from almost anywhere.

Story: Kyle Puttkammer Artist: Omaka Schultz Colorist: Julie Barclay
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.5 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read (for kids), otherwise skip

Action Lab comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Hero Cats of Skyworld TPB

HERO CATS OF SKYWORLD TPB (COLLECTS HERO CATS #16-18)

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Omaka Schultz
Cover Artist(s): Omaka and Schultz (Inks), Julie Barclay (Colors), George Gant (Letters)
96 pgs./ E / FC
$11.99

Bandit of Earth meets the Hero Cats of Skyworld for the first time! A perfect place for new readers to discover the exciting and dangerous realm ruled by Corvus the Crow King.

Preview: Hero Cats of Skyworld Pt. 3 (Hero Cats #18)

HERO CATS OF SKYWORLD PT. 3 (HERO CATS #18)

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Omaka Schultz (inks), Julie Barclay (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Omaka Schultz
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

Bandit and the Hero Cats of Skyworld are in for the fight of their lives as they confront the Crow King and his wretched warriors. It’s time to storm the castle in this all-out action-packed issue.

3-part story covers connect to form a huge poster!

Preview: Hero Cats #17

HERO CATS OF SKYWORLD PT. 2 (HERO CATS #17)

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Omaka Schultz
Cover Artist(s): Omaka Schultz
Inks: Omaka Schultz
Colors: Julie Barclay
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

Locked away with a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case, and a Princess. It’s detention time for Bandit. The Hero Cats of Skyworld meet for the first time!

3-part story covers connect to form a huge poster!

Preview: Hero Cats of Skyworld Pt. 1 (Hero Cats #16)

HERO CATS OF SKYWORLD PT. 1 (HERO CATS #16)

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Omaka Schultz
Cover Artist(s): Omaka Schultz
Inks: Omaka Schultz
Colors: Julie Barclay
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

A new beginning! Bandit is transported to the Crow King’s realm and it’s a land of magic, dark spirits, and fairies.

Featuring new Hero Cats – Lancelot, Sapphire, Newton, and Madalyn. This is a perfect starting point for new readers.

Preview: Hero Cats Vol. 4: World Tour

HERO CATS VOL. 4: WORLD TOUR

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Omaka Schultz (pencils), Ryan Sellers (inks), Brandon Page (inks), Julie Barclay (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Omaka Schultz
96 pgs./ E / FC
$11.99

Exploring the world they saved.  From the dangers of the desert, to a remote jungle island, and finally the Far East, the Hero Cats are ready for anything.

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Preview: Hero Cats of Stellar City #12

HERO CATS #12

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Omaka Schultz (pencils), Ryan Sellers (inks).  Julie Barclay (colors
Cover Artist(s):  Omaka Schultz
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

The Hero Cats world tour concludes in the Far East.  Ace, Midnight, Cassie, Belle, Rocket and Rocco realize just how far they’ve strayed from home.  Can they save two villages from going to war?

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Preview: Hero Cats of Stellar City #11

HERO CATS OF STELLAR CITY #11

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Omaka Schultz  (penciller), Ryan Sellers (inker), Julie Barclay (colors)
Cover Artist(s):  Omaka Schultz
32 pgs. / Rated. E / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

The Hero Cats world tour continues!  After crashing on a jungle island, Ace and his team meet Malo and his brother Keb.  But something’s not right.  The island spirits are affecting our heroes in dangerous ways.  Will they be Jungle Cats forever?!

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