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DescriptionRAINBOW BRIDGE is an original graphic novel from Steve Foxe and Steve Orlando - the first to be published under AfterShock's new YA imprint: SEISMIC PRESS. What if the Rainbow Bridge was the Bifrost? ANDY's parents rescued ROCKET when Andy was just a toddler, and they grew up together, with Rocket serving as Andy's guardian through every one of childhood's ups and downs. So when Rocket passes away right before Andy's 14th birthday, he's rudderless. High school is coming soon and he can't imagine making that transition without Rocket at his side. The day before school starts, when Andy is at his lowest, he visits Rocket's grave, and unexpectedly summons the RAINBOW BRIDGE, a gateway to a fantasy world where pets discover their afterlife. One part heaven and one part limbo, this is a final resting place for pets - but also a realm where any unfinished business must be completed, before restless pet souls twist into bizarre, seemingly malevolent wraiths that haunt the periphery of this otherwise splendid paradise. It's extremely rare for a human to visit this realm, but Rocket and Andy find each other again in this wondrous pet Valhalla to go on one last epic adventure to help Rocket reunite with his lost littermate, fulfilling Rocket's last wishes. Here, the roles are reversed, as Andy has to be the strong one and support Rocket in his quest for closure. By adventure's end, Andy finally gains the confidence to let go of his childhood and enter the next phase of his life, starting his first day of high school. RAINBOW BRIDGE is aimed primarily at younger readers, on the border of middle grade and YA, but should resonate with anyone who has ever had to say goodbye to a beloved pet - or anyone who greeted growing up with nervousness and anxiety. Like JOE THE BARBARIAN before it, RAINBOW BRIDGE can address the lines between reality and fantasy (although everything in the book is portrayed as actually happening), wish fulfillment and personal growth, childhood and young adulthood. There are also themes of overcoming trauma, and of compassion for animals. The Realm Beyond the Rainbow Bridge is shaped by its inhabitants, and contains vast fantasy vistas inspired by the adventures pets and their owners, especially kids, imagine for themselves.
August 24, 2021
6.3 X 9.37 X 0.39 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author
Steve Foxe is the author of more than 50 children's books and comics for properties including Pokémon, Batman, Transformers, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and Grumpy Cat. He lives in Queens, New York, with his partner and their dog. His favorite things in life are creepy movies, comic books, and chihuahuas. Find out more at stevefoxe.com.
Steve Orlando has written for every major American comic book publisher, his works include the Eisner-Winning LOVE IS LOVE (IDW Publishing), as well as the Eisner-Nominated OUTLAW TERRITORY (Image Comics) and RAINBOW BRIDGE (AfterShock Comics). Outside of comics publishing, Orlando has written for and been featured in HELLO MR as well as NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine. In animation, he worked with Man of Action Studios on the fourth season of BEN 10.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL -- Gr 4-8-Based on "The Rainbow Bridge," an anonymous poem often shared with grieving pet owners that imagines a paradise for deceased animals, this graphic novel opens on a verdant meadow where a chubby corgi named Rocket plays with the abundant balls and bones strewn across the landscape. Things are odd here-he can't find his boy, Andy, and his paws are slightly see-through, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. A group of shadowy figures interrupt his revelry, endangering his afterlife; readers soon discover that these wraiths are unloved pets who want to make every other creature as miserable as them. Back in the living world, Andy is rudderless without Rocket. Though he's running late to freshman orientation, Andy takes a detour to Rocket's grave, only to be sucked into the canine afterlife, where chance encounters with former pets lead him to his beloved doggo. Here, all pets can communicate with Andy, and the animals are gigantic (Andy can ride Rocket!). The pace of the plot absolutely flies, bringing the two best friends swiftly together. Captured in vibrant colors, the world and its characters are expressive and lovely-in fact, it's everything an animal lover hopes awaits their pets in the afterlife. The main characters appear to be white; Andy is part of the LGBTQ+ community. VERDICT The ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel to this satisfying read, which will please readers. A recommended first purchase.-Abby Bussen, Muskego P.L., WI