Animal warriors band together to fight a faction of evil moon bunnies.
In Gaya, a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, dying dragon Master Long calls for his 11 warriors to join in a quest to bring him fallen stars that he hopes will cure him. The stars are the remains of a celestial blue dragon, whose place Master Long should have filled, and without their light a legion of evil bunnies has emerged from the moon also seeking the powerful fallen luminaries. Will the warriors defeat their leporine foes and save their ailing master? Vibrantly colored by Laiho and organized into neat panels, Howell's art is expressive and kinetic. Torres, a quietly prolific writer with a sizable oeuvre of comic adaptations of animated shows, truly demonstrates his strength for pacing and timing. Loosely based around the animals of the Chinese zodiac, Torres' tale is nonstop action that propels both a race against time and the struggle between light and dark: tropes that should resonate with comics fans. Although the action rockets along, his narrative occasionally falters as it moves awkwardly between past (signaled by a muting of the palette) and present. Despite this, with its propulsive momentum, episodic feel, and high-octane battles, this reads like a Saturday-morning cartoon brought to life.
A high-energy graphic offering. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)