Thunder Ben: growing up is a risky adventure! | Review
By June 2016, the necklace, Bao Publishing, dedicated to the youngest readers, the BaBao, was enriched by a further volume: Thunder Well, a “balloon training” written and designed by Vanessa Cardinals, known especially for the Sisters, and Ninja and for having helped David La Rosa in many of the projects: it is in fact unusual for this author's work for a complete project, devoted to the screenplay.
Thunder Well it tells a story very classical: a little boy, Ben, lives in the city of Saaret with the mother and her biggest dream is to accompany them in their adventures, the Knights of the Sky, the four heroes, riding, wonderful, fantastic animals, are committed to defend justice and order throughout the universe. Ben, however, does not want to wait to become big to become a Knight, even at the cost of worry to death the mother... But what happens when you to intrude upon arriving of the menacing hooded men?
In the first part of the Thunder Well is a comic enjoyable, especially for the boys, proving to be a tale that, though not particularly original, it's “fresh” and upbeat tempo. The warm colors, the great cartoons and a nice summary of the design make this comic also a beautiful volume to leaf through and observe, especially since the world is made of “common” ink Well begins to mingle with a forest of fabrics and buttons (which are not drawn, but enrich the balloon through the technique of collage).
To penalize the comic is the second part, a lot less gritty and a little dull: it lacks the pathos that needs to a classic battle of good/evil and you come up with too much simplicity the inevitable happy ending, given the premises. Appreciable are the cards of the characters at the end, in which is revealed the background of each knight.
To conclude, Thunder Ben had potential, but this has not been examined in detail: the story remains somewhat superficial and although it is visually a good product, the readers, young and less young people will not be particularly impressed.
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