Crater XV

Crater XV

by Kevin Cannon
     
 
  • Straight from the pages of the hit digital series Double Barrel!
    You've never seen a Cold War like this! In Crater XV, the follow-up to
    2009's Eisner-nominated Far Arden, Kevin Cannon weaves together an intoxicating tale of swashbuckling adventure, abandoned moon bases, bloodthirsty walruses, rogue astronauts, two-faced femme fatales

Overview

  • Straight from the pages of the hit digital series Double Barrel!
    You've never seen a Cold War like this! In Crater XV, the follow-up to
    2009's Eisner-nominated Far Arden, Kevin Cannon weaves together an intoxicating tale of swashbuckling adventure, abandoned moon bases, bloodthirsty walruses, rogue astronauts, two-faced femme fatales, sailboat chases, Siberian pirates, international Arctic politics, and a gaggle of horny orphans. Mixed up in all of this are Army Shanks, our salty sea dog still reeling from a devastating loss, and Wendy Byrd, a plucky teenager who wants nothing more than a one-way ticket off the face of the Earth. For mystery, thrills, and Arctic chills, set a course for Crater XV!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Cannon’s second full-length Army Shanks adventure, Shanks is a scarred man following the events of Far Arden. Struggling with loss and heartbreak, he is ready to buy a one-way ticket to Antarctica when developments on Devon Island change his plans: Shanks befriends a teenage girl named Wendy who is intent on raising money to join a space program in Europe, and a mysterious Siberian oil tanker called the Lunayev anchors in Canadian waters, claiming it is launching a rocket to the moon. To help Wendy raise the money for her galactic adventure, Shanks sneaks over to the Siberian tanker and discovers that the rocket is real—and he believes a woman onboard to be Pravda, a long-lost friend from the orphanage he grew up in. Soon, many more hijinks are afoot involving rockets. The Shanks-Pravda romantic storyline drags at times, but Cannon’s enthusiastic and flexible art is well suited for both the comedic highs and the dream-crushing lows of his stories, whose epic scale is made intensely human by his strong characters. Few cartoonists know better the meeting place between grief, humor, and adventure like Cannon, and this second Shanks story is further proof of his abilities as a storyteller. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Lisa Czirr
On the verge of retiring via a one-way Antarctica trip, Army Shanks is instead drawn into a gripping adventure in the midst of a reimagined Space Race. This graphic novel sequel to Far Arden is an exciting tale set during a fictionalized version of the Cold War. When a mysterious Siberian tanker shows up with a declaration to launch a spacecraft, the Canadian bureaucracy needs someone off-the-books who they can count on to infiltrate. In other words, they need Shanks. Although Shanks himself starts out consumed by grief, he’s reinvigorated when he rescues a teenage girl, Wendy, from thugs. Later, Shanks encounters a woman who he believes to be a childhood friend from an orphanage. Meanwhile, Wendy traverses the wilderness until she ends up in Crater XV, part of the defunct Canadian Space Agency. Elsewhere, the Soviet Captain Sztab entices the world’s representatives with promises of a new lunar energy source, sparking another race to the moon. All of these plotlines eventually converge after many unexpected twists and turns. It’s a thrilling ride, with plenty of action sequences jumping across the black-and-white pages. Comedic elements enhance the fun, such as a characteristic over-description of character actions. Yet this story is also filled with poignant moments and an undercurrent of tragedy that lends it more depth than might be expected from such an action-driven story. This graphic novel is perfect for the older teen audience, and makes for a great read even as a stand-alone. Reviewer: Lisa Czirr; Ages 12 up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603091008
Publisher:
Top Shelf Productions
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Edition description:
Young Adult
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

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