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Milo's World: The Land Under the Lake: 11/21/19

Milo's World: The Land Under the Lake

Milo's World: The Land Under the Lake by Richard Marazano and Christophe Ferreira is the first of two graphic novels about a boy who can travel between worlds through a magical lake at the edge of his property. I read the 2019 Lion Forge translation.

Milo lives alone most of the year. His mother is dead and his father works in the city and can't make it home except for short trips. The rest of the time, Milo is under the remote care of three neighbor women whom he calls his aunties.

On one particular evening while hunting for shrimp, Milo finds a golden egg that hatches into a glowing goldfish. It also catches the attention of a frog faced man who threatens to eat him if he doesn't cooperate.

Eventually Milo and a girl he meets end up traveling through the lake until the end up in a parallel or separate world. The bulk of the adventures happen there.

The problem is, the narrative progresses most of the time because of Milo's stupidity. There are panels and panels wasted on him striking a pose to whine about one thing or another. I honestly started to hope the frog man would make good on his threat and eat Milo.

Three stars

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