Billy Hooten, Owlboy
Billy Hooten is a weird kid. He likes weird things, like comic books and monster movies. He gets beat up a lot, and spends the rest of his time doggedly trying to build a robot.
Then one day, Billy Hooten hears a cry for help coming from the cemetery that borders his backyard. Against his better judgment, he runs toward it. And after that, everything changes for Billy.
Because Billy Hooten, you see, is Owlboy, a quick-thinking, goggle-and-feather-wearing superhero who protects the bizarre and monstrous citizens of Monstros City, a city that exists under Billy's hometown of Bradbury, Massachusetts. And what a city it is: full of crazy-cool gadgets, transparent oozing police detectives, and Slovakian Rat-toothed Hopping Monkey Demons, who aren't about to let Owlboy come between them and their grape bubble gum.
But has Billy bitten off more than he can chew? Is he truly worthy of the moniker Owlboy? Can superheroes still be given super-wedgies in gym class by that bully Randy Kulkowski?
Welcome to the world of Owlboy, written by Thomas E. Sniegoski and illustrated by Eric Powell!
published in July 2007 by Yearling
It's a bird . . . It's a plane . . . It's . . . the real Owlboy? 8-year-old Ryder sent in this picture of him dressed up as Owlboy for Halloween. (Click here for the full-sized image.) How awesome is that costume? Way to go, Ryder!