Synopses & Reviews
Billy Hooten is a weird kid. He gets beat up a lot, and spends the rest of his time doggedly trying to build a robot. One day, Billy Hooten hears a cry for help coming from the cemetery that borders his backyard. Against his better judgment, he runs toward it. And after that, everything changes for Billy Hooten. Because Billy Hooten, you see, is Owlboy. A quick-thinking, goggle-and-feather-wearing superhero who protects the bizarre and monstrous citizens of Monstros City, a city that exists under Billy's hometown of Bradbury, Massachusetts. But is Billy truly worthy of the moniker Owlboy?
"Comic book scripter and novelist (The Fallen quartet) Sniegoski launches the Owlboy series with this corny caper introducing a 12-year-old geek, Billy Hooten. When Billy responds to a cry for help emanating from a mausoleum, he finds Archebold, a tuxedo-clad goblin about to be flattened by a boar-like monster. When that creature slips on a pile of bones and is knocked unconscious, Archebold credits Billy for besting the beast and declares the boy the next Owlboy, a comic book crime-fighter. The goblin escorts the fledgling superhero (who wears a feathered costume, horned leather helmet and goggles) through a coffin in the mausoleum down to Monstros City, where he must complete a series of outlandish trials to officially assume the Owlboy mantle. With its loopy antics, throwaway quips and descriptions of Monstros City's outrageous residents (one resembles a praying mantis sporting a blond wig and miniskirt; another looks like an asparagus spear), this tale has silliness to spare. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"It's every boy's dream to have his fantasy world of heroes and villains come to life until it actually happens! Believable characters you'll want to cheer for." Jeff Smith, creator of the Bone series
"Billy Hooten is a HOOT. I'd fly with Owlboy anytime! The adventures are fast and very funny. And watch out for the Rollerblading spider!" R. L. Stine, creator of Goosebumps and Fear Street
About the Author
Thomas E. Sniegoski has worked in the comic book field for several years. He is the author of the Fallen
series, recently made into a TV movie for the ABC Family channel. He lives in Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Eric Powell found true success when he launched his critically acclaimed dark comedy series The Goon. It is now hailed as one of the most original comics in the industry and boasts a diehard cult following. He lives in Tennessee.