In this trilogy conclusion, Rufus returns to the north woods, but can he do anything to save them without his mystic totem?
Talon the raven and his greedy mob have stolen the Q’achi totem that allows Rufus to transform into Bigfoot Boy, protector of the north woods. As Penny and Rufus search for the ravens, time is running out for the woods; a real estate company is bulldozing trees to make way for a golf course despite the protests of people like Penny’s sister, Aurora. Without the totem, Rufus can’t understand his flying-squirrel sidekick, Sidney, or talk to the wolves who have seen the error of their ways and now want to help Rufus. The trio discover more of the totem’s history, but can they recover it in time to save the woods and satisfy the spirit of the Thunderbird? Canadians Torres and Hicks conclude their woodsy trilogy with an exciting adventure dotted with humor. Rufus and Penny’s attempts to understand Sidney’s charades are a hoot. Rufus has worked a bit of his city-boy out, but his bumbles and stumbles continue to round out his character. Hicks’ heavily lined panels bring the woods to life. Readers new to the series will be a bit lost, but no graphic-novel shelf serving young nature or cryptid fans should be without the whole trilogy.
Hitting “The End” will just make fans want to start over again. (Graphic fantasy. 9-12)