Hey, That's My Cape! - RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN Review
Who Are the DAPPER MEN, pt. 2
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I’d leave it at that but I don’t think my boss would like it too much if my column were only one sentence this week. But honestly? That’s the bottom line, I LOVED Return of the Dapper Men. Even though I’ve heard nothing but excellent things about the new graphic novel from Archaia Comics, I somehow managed to keep myself on the fringe of what it was actually all about so I was pleasantly surprised when I jumped in.
Return of the Dapper Men is something extraordinary, something that makes that little light inside of each and every one of us burn brighter. It may sound cheesy but there are just some stories that will do that to you and Jim McCann and Janet Lee set off fireworks with theirs.
More appropriately I should say they fly, taking a lesson from Mary Poppins, by using umbrellas. All 314 of them are identical in every way except for one that turns out to be a catalyst for a change in the world. Like the Dapper Men, one of the children is also unlike the others. While most of the children exist in an underground playground, Ayden spends most of his time above ground with the robots. Although he spends all of his time with just one named Zoe who herself is a standout. When the Dapper Men arrive, Ayden and Zoe are nudged even further into the right direction, a direction that proves they are special.
As if McCann’s writing wasn’t enough, the world of Anorev flourishes instantly with the addition of Lee. I’ve never seen art like this before. I was stopped in my tracks the first few pages completely in awe. And this from a woman who never drew comics before! She’s already a talented gallery artist but it’s no small task to adjust to sequential art. With a little guidance from McCann she picked it up in no time and surprised even him.
Return of the Dapper Men is a fairytale for a new generation. I want to give this book to everyone I know with children this holiday season. It’s certainly something I can see being passed down generations and enjoyed by all. I’ll definitely be reading it to my nieces on our next girls’ night and I hope it sticks with them just like Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, and others, stuck with me.