Publisher’s Summary: “Canto’s adventure begins! Enslaved for generations, Canto’s people once had hearts. Now they have clocks. When slavers damage a little tin girl’s clock beyond repair, Canto must brave his strange and fantastic world to bring back her heart. Can he overcome the dangers that await to save the one he loves?”
In this debut issue, a strange little hero emerges from a nameless population of long enslaved people. He is different and defies the slavers because he has a name and he chooses to love, both of which are forbidden. When his love is struck down, he must begin a hero’s journey. His name is Canto and he will do what needs to be done.
What David M. Booher has created in Canto is astonishingly charming. The book is a beautiful and poignant fairy tale about the power of love and the extent of which such a love can inspire bravery in anyone in spite of what may appear to be insurmountable opposition. He allows them limitless possibilities and endears them to the audience immediately.
Drew Zucker’s art is as epic in its scope and adorable in its detail. He captures the essence of creatures small and brave with his depiction of tiny suits of armor with big soulful eyes.
The Bottom Line
Canto is a beautiful and heartfelt story about love and heroism and all that can be good in the world despite all that is bad. It is simple, and marvelous and absolutely lovely, a fresh voice and change of pace. It is a light in the dark.