IDW Publishing 2018
Written by Jim Zub
Illustrated by Francesco Mortarino
Coloured by Jordi Escuin
Lettered by Neil Uyetake
Boo has traveled far and wide as companion to Minsc the Beloved Ranger, but there comes a time in every hamster’s life when they must stand alone and face the darkness.
Saving the best for last right it’s the story we’ve all been waiting for a solo adventure featuring Boo the miniature giant space hamster! Since their introduction we’ve seen glimpses of the hamster that has become more than a travelling companion to Minsc in action. The two work well together, guide each other and have this crazy understanding of one another that seems to defy explanation. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise with the opening page here we read an entry in Delina’s personal journal regarding Boo. Perhaps when the time is right he’ll show his companions what he’s capable of in the meantime let him have his secrets.
I love the way that this story is structured, Jim does such an amazing job showcasing Boo throughout the book. It isn’t easy to centre a story around a character who doesn’t speak and is the size of Boo so that Jim does so in such a way that we can enjoy and feel like we aren’t missing anything because he has no dialogue well it’s a freaking treat is what it is. Don’t take this a sign that there are no characters here to flesh out and have fun with because god knows there are. It is how these other characters react to Boo that makes this story what it is.
I have to give it up because Boo realises that his friends are danger from this group that wants to make a name for themselves. It seems that there are four and at least one is a magic user and should they take out Minsc and his crew then they’ll have the reputation they’ve always wanted. To be feared and respected but then again they don’t seem to know a whole lot about them as one of them refers to him as “that purple faced buffoon” which makes me question their knowledge. Still on the surface and from what we can see they appear to be somewhat formidable.
Now I am a super huge fan of the interior artwork here. I mean seriously from the extreme cuteness that is the first page through the absolutely gorgeous two page spread al the way to the last page what we see is spectacular. The attention to detail here is sensational as we see the manipulation of the linework so the subtle and the bold moments can work in concert with one another beautifully really makes this a joy. The utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a great eye for storytelling. That backgrounds are utilised as they are really do show the scope of things and with Boo’s size it really makes a difference seeing the whole panel used.
I don’t think this could have gone any better. I am not sure if there are any full grown adults that could have acted in a way that Boo does. The whole sequence of events that we get to see unfold here the culminate in the group finding their would be attackers tied up and waiting for them out front rambling about a fuzzy demon made me laugh hysterically and even more so that the others couldn’t quite take the time to realise what Minsc did.
I am sorry but this franchise under Jim’s guidance has been as good as if not better than anything with a cape in it!