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Herobear and the Kid Volume 1: The Inheritance

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  204 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Herobear And The Kid Volume 1: The Inheritance (v. 1) Paperback
by Mike Kunkel (Author, Artist)
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 26th 2003 by Astonish Comics (first published February 15th 2003)
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anthony e.
Jun 18, 2008 anthony e. rated it it was amazing
Today, comics strive so hard to be relevant, to be a mature and multi-faceted, and on nearly every occasion they fall 100% flat. The work is never given the thought to make it a highly relevant artistic masterpiece, but it's just half-baked enough to fall short of being a whimsical fantasy.

Such is the state of the artform. But here, in Mike Kunkel's Herobear and the Kid, is a work that somehow, sort of, manages to do both. This comic is so sincere, so honest, that it shrugs off all that blotted,
Jan 08, 2017 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Herobear and the Kid: The Inheritance series:

This is a series that I strongly enjoyed and will read again! It's a touching story, and not quite the norm for this kind of hero-sidekick story. It's full of suspense, comical relief, warm feelings, and most importantly reminds you of your creativity as a kid. The text is attractive and the quotes at the beginning of each comic is something I throughly enjoyed seeing. The theme is created right there in the quotes and applied so smoothly, I loved it!
Nov 03, 2014 Travis rated it liked it
This is a short, sweet comic that hearkens back to the days of Calvin and Hobbes. The comparison is perhaps trite and simplistic but remains apt. After all, both star a little boy whose stuffed animal comes to life. The difference in Herobear and the Kid Volume 1: The Inheritance is that the stuffed animal really does come to life as other people are capable of seeing him. While this removes the mystery of imagination versus reality there are more than enough other mysteries and reveals to make ...more
Dec 26, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
Herobear and the Kid is about Tyler, who recently lost his Grandfather around Christmas he gets his “Inheritance” which is a stuffed polar bear and a broken pocket watch. He finds out when he pokes the bear’s nose, it turns into a full adult polar bear with a red cape. Tyler and Herobear go and fight crime together as Herobear and the Kid. Herobear does most of the work while Tyler charms the pants off civilians while giving out autographs.

I absolutely fell in love with Herobear and the Kid. Whe
Becky B
Tyler and his family move into his grandfather's mansion after he dies. Part of Tyler's inheritance from his grandpa includes an old stuffed bear and a seemingly broken pocket watch. Great stuff. His week just gets better when he keeps missing the bus and gets on the wrong side of the local bullies. Just when he thinks all this new stuff is going to kill him, he discovers an amazing surprise in his inheritance from his grandpa.

At times this is cute. At other times it is eye-roll-inducing (I thin
Oct 18, 2013 Rosa rated it liked it
Tyler's grandfather has just passed away and left him an old stuffed bear and a broken pocket watch. His family has moved into his grandfather's house and Tyler is being bullied at school, fallen in love with a really nice little girl in his class and being driven insane by his annoying sister. Then he begins to discover some amazing things, starting with his bear turning into a giant living polar bear that can save the day.

I didn't get into this book as much as I wanted to. The illustrator admi
Jul 03, 2014 Dolores rated it it was amazing
This book opens on a very sad occasion. It is Christmas and 10-year-old Tyler is at the funeral of his much-loved grandfather. But Tyler tells us, that from this very sad ending, a new beginning will emerge. For his grandfather was a very generous man who left his family gifts to remember him by. Tyler’s family has inherited his grandfather’s home, which means many changes for Tyler. He begins attending a new school, and it does not go very well. Tyler’s inheritance from his grandfather is a stu ...more
Apr 28, 2011 Hamster rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents who want to teach their kids about believing in something they can't necessarily see
At first I was irritated at the half finished art, but then I got into the story and forgave Kunkel a teensy bit. Mostly what saved this graphic novel was the great cartoony art. The characters expressions reminded me of the old Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. I added an extra star for the inspirational message on having faith (and the subtle bible references) although I think anyone less religious than me would have felt beat over the head with the moral. My tips for Mike Kunkel (as if he will ev ...more
Benjamin Young
Jul 11, 2015 Benjamin Young rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comics
This book is precious! The warmth, boundless imagination, and nostalgia that lines each page make this book a great read for young and old alike. I don't read many graphic novels, but this one was worth every moment. It is often difficult to find entertaining books of this sort that don't include a lot of unnecessary and unsavory material; this one was a gem among the coals. The artwork is beautiful, the writing is comical and yet thought-provoking. I would recommend this to anyone interested in ...more
Sep 11, 2009 FutureSimp rated it really liked it
One day while randomly looking in the comic section of my High School library I noticed this book. I fell in love with the art since it bears a resemblance to Calvin and Hobbes so I checked it out. After reading I felt so lucky about my discovery. Herobear is brilliant from start to finish. From the opening scene of the Grandfather's funeral to the end were the kid finds true happiness, it never fails to hold your interest. Reading this reminded me of the simpler days of my (early ) youth ( I'm ...more
I have to admit to being disappointed with this. The art is beautifully cartoony, but the story doesn't measure up. The concept of the story works, and I'm curious to see more of these characters, but the story is overwritten in a way that makes me unsure of who the audience is. It's much too wordy for younger readers, yet the story is much too heavy handed for older readers. I think, if the writing were pared back and the artwork allowed to do more of its share of the work in telling the story, ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Molly rated it really liked it
It's impossible not to compare this to Calvin and Hobbes -- little kid with a toy that comes to life! -- but Kunkel has certainly put his own spin on things. He's created a really heartwarming story about family connection and the importance of belief, without ever connecting that idea of belief to religion. I was a little nervous when this idea of belief came up that it was going to be a thinly veiled allegory, but instead it's about the innocence and conviction of childhood. Herobear and the K ...more
H. Anne Stoj
Aug 14, 2008 H. Anne Stoj rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovels
I have loved this for years. Herobear and the Kid is a bit like Calvin and Hobbes--a stuffed bear in a red cap comes to life when no one's around and he and the boy have super hero-like adventures. Besides such a fun and sweet story, the artwork is utterly amazing. I have a decent amount graphic novels and comics, but they don't have the same feel. Maybe Jill Thompson does, in a way, but it's not the same thing. I don't know if this book is hard to find or not, but it's so very worth it if it ca ...more
Wilde Sky
May 09, 2015 Wilde Sky rated it liked it
A young boy inherits a toy bear that can come to life.

The illustrations were really good but the story was not strong enough – I kept mentally comparing it to Calvin and Hobbes (which may be an unfair comparison) and found it lacking.
Jul 06, 2008 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
What kid doesn't want a Herobear of his or her own? He's always there when you need him, he takes care of those pesky bullies in a way we all wish we could get away with, and he's ADORABLE.

I wanted this comic series to go on forever. > sigh <
How could I not love the story of a little boy who discovers his stuffed toy polar bear turns into a 10-foot tall caped superhero named HeroBear?? And then together they fly around and beat an evil robot named X-5?
Nov 04, 2011 boundbycooksey rated it it was amazing
Loved every drawing in this book. The story is fabulous. I couldn't put it down and I have read it so many times!
Jun 04, 2013 Warren rated it liked it
Loved the cute illustrations. Story was kinda okay. Not too original but still entertaining. Great family friendly comic book.
Feb 05, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story, it was reminiscent of a great Disney classic and the artwork was amazing. great story for big and small kids
Sep 27, 2007 Michael rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The Child inside and out
Just an amazing all ages comic for the young, the young at heart and well...everyone else....ok yeah everyone, just read this, all of you.
Just finished reading this to my son for the first time (& my first reread in a while). Such a great book to share with him & one I'll be recommending to many friends!
Jan 29, 2016 Kestrel rated it really liked it
This was a really cute read and I liked the artwork a lot! Read it in one very slow day at the summer reading desk.
May 09, 2016 Tara rated it it was amazing
I love the art style, the story, and the characters. It starts off sad but you can't help but smile throughout. A reminder that we all carry those we have loved and lost with us in our hearts.
So much detail, varied frames and page styles, lots of speaking and thinking... It's a sophisticated GN! I just wasn't very into the story.
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