This is a classic case of don’t judge a book by its cover. Raygun looks like an ordinary, if not average, comic, thanks to its uninspiring cover.
Thankfully, it’s a lot more. It is a modern sci-fi story set in the present day and centres around Matthew, a troubled teen that has moved to a new town and a new school.
The book opens with a scientist trying to protect one of his prized possessions. We do not know what it is. We do not know what he has sent into the future. Fast forward to the present day where Matthew has to move in with his father, due to his mother no longer being able to look after him. His new life comes with new challenges. Bullying seems to be the first challenge. It does not take very long for him to get picked on. But Matthew is able to defend himself as he has lived a hard life which taught him some great lessons. He proves that he is not to be picked on but this leads to more tension during a school trip to the Tesla museum.
This is where the book is great. It is informative as well as entertaining. It informs the reader of who the scientist is and what inventions he was known for. It is only a matter of time before our young protagonist finds Tesla’s prized possession, a device that can change the world as we know it, a ray gun.
The art on the inside of this comic is simply astounding. Although it is black and white, we would not want it any other way – even if the story seems geared to a younger audience. The bright colours are not really required to capture your attention as the art is so crisp and highly detailed it will leave you impressed.
This is a great read that has the art to back it up. Do not judge this book by its cover as it offers so much more. This is definitely a title worth keeping an eye on as it offers a unique story that is fuelled by history.