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Pilot and Huxley: The First Adventure

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Pilot and Huxley: The First Adventure

Huxley’s Saturday morning is a total bust. First, he wakes up expecting his mom’s hot waffles for breakfast, but discovers all his family is gone. After visiting his best friend, Pilot, even stranger events unfold. Pilot claims to have found a path to a magic land in the back of his wardrobe, which turns out not to be true. Pilot also has forgotten to return a video game, which happens to have a component that is crucial for an alien invasion of Earth.

A group of evil alien invaders take over the video store and dispatch the Grim Reaper to Pilot’s home to retrieve the overdue video. But the Grim Reaper has no game. Instead of bringing back the video game, the overzealous Reaper transports the boys to another dimension, which Pilot believes to be New Jersey.

Nope, it’s not New Jersey. They’ve actually landed in the Forest of Gruesome Death, where they encounter a swamp of bees. They also become acquainted with a friendly monster named Brettney, who calls herself Brett. She leads the boys on a journey across the swamp of bees to meet her leader.

Not so fast, guys. Before they can do that, they have to retrieve a golden nose hair from a giant dragon. Their journey gets sticky --- and snotty --- as Pilot and Huxley battle an ugly monster, meet a pirate who shows them a magical secret, feast on an unusual meal, and once again encounter the Grim Reaper.

Will they make it home? Will they end up in yet another world? And who do Pilot and Huxley think should play their characters if their story is made into a TV show? One thing is certain --- the lads are up for adventure, no matter where it takes them.

PILOT & HUXLEY: THE FIRST ADVENTURE is a vivid and comical graphic novel sure to fuel readers’ imaginations. Teens and preteens alike should enjoy Dan McGuiness’s gross-out humor, with giant nose hairs, boogers, exploding monsters, and a spit-and-snot-sliding Slobberfink. They can appreciate the plight suffered by Pilot and Huxley because of a late video game rental and the dilemma of the Grim Reaper, who is forced to take a job as a hit man debt collector after he realizes there is no future in death.

McGuiness’s bright and playful illustrations and humorous script combine for a fun-filled story, with the promise of more Pilot & Huxley adventures to come.

Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt on January 1, 2011

Pilot and Huxley: The First Adventure
by Dan McGuiness

  • Publication Date: January 1, 2011
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Graphix
  • ISBN-10: 0545265045
  • ISBN-13: 9780545265041