Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy Volume 1

Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy Volume 1 by Stephen McCranie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics Distributors
Published: July 3rd, 2018
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Friendship, High School, Mystery


A sci-fi drama of a high school aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years.


I approve. You know how sometimes you pick up the first book in a series and it’s interesting but the authors are only introducing one single element at a time in every volume so it takes a while for you to understand where the story is going and what it’s all about?

Well that is not at all the case here. If anything, the author is evil because he wants us so badly to pick up the next volume that he introduces so many elements that it’s just impossible to put it down. At the same time, it’s not confusing—except for the random death maybe—because most things seem to fall into place.

I am especially obsessed with those glasses that can change the world around you so you can see another world entirely in 3D over your own boring old one. That’s the kind of technology that I would want to possess. Who cares about cell phones when you can get yourself glasses that can basically make you an elf warrior with magical abilities? Hehe.

I found this volume very sweet. Amy lives in a mining colony in ‘‘deep’’ space, but alas her father lost his job so they must return to Earth. But Earth is far away so their bodies must be turned off or ‘‘put to sleep’’ for three decades. When she arrives, not only are her surroundings confusing because she is on a whole new planet that she’s never visited before but also because thirty years have gone back in a blink.

There are different characters. I believe the future sequels focus on specific ones as well if I’m not mistaken and this one in particular focuses on Amy mainly. She forms connections with some people and loses connection with others, but this is HER story. In other words, she’s no sidekick to any boy. Good thing I liked Amy a lot. The concept is original as well and the artwork basically perfect. Works wonders with the atmosphere of the story. I couldn’t be more excited for the second volume to come out.


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