Tsu and the Outliers

E. Eero Johnson. Odod, $15.95 paper (88p) ISBN 978-1-941250-24-2
When largely nonverbal Tsu uses his voice, it often summons the local bigfoot, his only friend. An outsider at school, Tsu spends his time in the woods with his hairy companion, until a professor, who looks more ape than human, sets his eye on securing the creature. Along with his servant, Chuba, a chupacabra, the professor springs a trap for Tsu and his friend, leaving Tsu to choose between the safety of his companion and his own future path. Johnson’s story is intriguing, though it leaves readers with more questions than answers (how did Tsu acquire this friend?), and the absence of cathartic moments proves frustrating. In addition, the busy artwork can make panel sequence hard to follow, particularly during action scenes. Despite its slightly flawed execution, this series opener offers a compelling premise and an enjoyable read. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 12–up. (May)
Reviewed on: 06/18/2018
Release date: 06/01/2018
Genre: Children's
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