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Herobear and the Kid Volume 1: The Inheritance

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  20 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.
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,
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
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
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
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
Cy Vendivil
Herobear and the Kid is presented in very expressive gestures that both emulate what it stood for -- the vibrancy of being a child. One thing it does so good at in between its cartoony heroics is how it contemplates on the dimensions that goes along with it. A simple message presented in a manner that anyone who had passed through childhood would relate well. Very simple yet at the same time very meaningful.
John Garrigan
Age Recommendation: 7+

The amazing artwork that almost appears to be storyboards for a cartoon that doesn't yet exist, is the first thing you notice about Herobear. Luckily, it has a good story to back it up. It's very Calvin & Hobbes-esque, with a 10-year-old boy receiving a stuffed bear from his recently deceased grandfather. But is this more than a stuffed animal? Superhero shenanigans ensue, and make this a great read.
May 01, 2011 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
H. Anne Stoj
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
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?
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 <
Sep 27, 2007 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Loved the cute illustrations. Story was kinda okay. Not too original but still entertaining. Great family friendly comic book.
Loved every drawing in this book. The story is fabulous. I couldn't put it down and I have read it so many times!
Rena  Traxel
His artwork is out of this world good! The story is heartwarming and cute. I couldn't put it down.
A fresh new story that I would let my kids read.
Nov 23, 2013 Brian added it
cute series
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