In this wild graphic novel, two robot brothers wrangle problems small and large, ranging from sibling rivalry to saving the world.
In a not-too-distant-future London, robot brothers Freddy and Alex live with their adoptive interracial parents, their black, stay-at-home dad and their Indian, scientist mother. Although they are machines, the boys are completely sentient and are not above a giggleworthy poop joke or overblown sibling squabble. However, when the less-sophisticated robots of London begin to go awry, the brothers must work together to take down a nefarious robot that claims to come from the same creator they do. Alex and Freddy are instantly lovable and believable, as they struggle with bullying because they are robots and to discern what being human truly means. Cameron’s portrayal of London is wholly inclusive and authentic, capturing a recognizable societal snapshot evincing women in hijabs, men in turbans, and even an interracial royal family; as colored by Murphy, skin tones are realistically varied. Cameron’s worldbuilding is masterful and immersive, brimming with flying trains, cinematic explosions, raging robot dinosaurs, and a penguin-droid that endlessly spews Sartre quotes. The first in a series, this should elicit vociferous demands for subsequent volumes—be sure to recommend this to fans of Judd Winick’s Hilo series.
An immensely smart, fun, and nuanced series opener. (Graphic science fiction. 6-12)