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AGENT BOO

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Full Name: Boo
Nationality: Unknown
Organization: The Agents
Occupation Agent

Creator: Alex de Campi
Time Span: 2008 - 2008

ABOUT THE SERIES

Agent Boo is an agent with The Agents.

This is a group of specially chosen teenagers, seniors in the school training such to-be-operatives. The Agents built Space City, the very center of the Multiverse. From the Aerie, Space City's highest tower, the Agents kept law and order across a thousand parallel worlds. These are individuals who head to any troublespot in all those differing environments to keep the peace and protect the innocent, and sometimes losing their lives in the process.

Each of the new Agents is picked from the Senior class by the "companion" they will work with during their career. These companions are animals of various types who are very intelligent and can talk (sort of like a witch's familiar) and act as assistants and advisors to the Agent during those assignments.

Every newly chosen Agent is at the end of their training, adult and skilled enough to put their lives at risk for the betterment of everyone. Well, up until today.

At the yearly choosing, the large auditorium was filled, as usual, with all the younger students not yet ready, brought to watch a special graduation ceremonial choosing. So far three have been chosen, each one apparently around 18 years old. Then came for time for the last companion to choose: Pumpkin, a cat. "Look, I can't do this anymore," he moans. "I'm tired. I'm bored. I need a vacation ... And none of these kids have ever had an original thought in their lives. I'm outta here." With that he started to leave. He was most of the way out when the Supreme Agent reminded him what would happen if he did not make a choice. We don't know what that is but by Pumpkin's response, it isn't good.

So Pumpkin had to choose. And being the "you-can't-tell-me-what-to-do" fellow he is, he leaped into the seats and chose the very first person he came to (at least that's how it looked to me).

That person was Boo. She is a fourth grader. Still way young in her training. Nowhere close to being ready. And she is small. Wee. "The littles, most picked-on girl in the fourth grade".

"Mr. Pumpkin, I don't think I'm right for this. I'm not smart or special or anything," Boo whispers to Pumpkin, "or even very big."

"I know," said the cat, "And it's gonna drive them bat-crazy when you do just as well as them."

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:3
First Appearance:2008
Last Appearance:2008

I have seen descriptions of the style for these three adventures as "prose manga" and as "manga chapter books". Both in their way describe a combination of artforms to tell a story.

The majority of each book is told in prose format, accompanied every couple of pages with an illustration. Additionally, some of the story has the style switching to full illustration - ala comicbook or manga styles.

It took a small amount of getting used to but it works!


1 Agent Boo: The Littlest Agent Agent Boo: The Littlest Agent
Published by Tokyopop
Contributors: Alex de Campi (writer), Edo Fuijkschot (artist)
Copyright: 2008

"With thousands of parallel worlds to keep in line, an Agent's job is important, not to mention dangerous. But look out, Space City! Boo is about to become the Agents' newest recruit! Sure, she's small, and she does scare easily. But with a little luck, a lot of courage, and a grumpy cat named Pumpkin on her side, Agent Boo will learn that sometimes it's good to be the littlest!"

2 Agent Boo: The Star Heist Agent Boo: The Star Heist
Published by Tokyopop
Contributors: Alex de Campi (writer), Edo Fuijkschot (artist)
Copyright: 2008

"Agent Boo is back! Still celebrating her victory over Queen Misery and Commissar Noir, Agent Boo and her friends are sent to Jungle City on their first official mission. But the Jungle's a dangerous place for an Agent, especially the littlest, and with partners that never seem to get along, it will be up to Boo to complete the mission and bring the team home safe. But are some things more important than victory?"

3 Agent Boo: The Heart of Iron Agent Boo: The Heart of Iron
Published by Tokyopop
Contributors: Alex de Campi (writer), Edo Fuijkschot (artist)
Copyright: 2008

"Agent Kira has been kidnapped! Agents Boo and Asano must journey behind enemy lines into the heart of Queen Misery's empire -- Iron City -- a wonderland of technical marvels that holds many secrets. With the clock ticking, Boo must make a difficult choice: should she follow her orders or her heart?"

MY COMMENTS

In order to give justice to any comments about this [I believe] children's spy-fi/sci-fi combination, I would have to put myself back, oh, six decades, and then try to imagine how I would receive someone handing me this graphic novel. Of course, they did not have graphic novels in those days - just comicbooks, but hey! We're imagining here.

I think I would have been excited. And then really, really confused at parts and then excited again, rinse and repeat. All told, though, I would have wanted to read the next one, something this 70+-year-old man did as well.

One thing to keep in mind about the mind behind these cute (and they are quite cute) stories is that the same person, Alex de Campi, was the writer behind such works as "Archie vs. Predator" and "Dracula, Motherf**ker!", not to mention an interesting item called "Twisted Romance". Very versatile and gifted woman is Ms. de Campi.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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