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Mark Millar & Rafael Albuquerque


Page 45 Review by Stephen

This is a book that begins as a very sweet tale about a man with a heart of gold and an earnest desire to help whoever he can, whenever he can. He doesn't wait to be asked, he dreams up kind deeds for the day: selfless surprises like leaving money that he's saved up in a library book for a stranger; mowing the lawn for all the old people in his remote seaside hamlet; helping a neighbour clear a space for a new barn; taking out all the trash out for everyone overnight.

It's a lot of work for one man, but he's very capable.

Huck's not what you'd call bright in the academic sense nor is he worldly wise. But he's exceptionally bright in every other sense, beaming at the prospect of giving pleasure. He seeks no reward except the knowledge that someone's life is made easier, happier or safer.

His friends are his family for as a baby Huck was left outside the sleepy town's orphanage with a note in his basket:

"Please love him."

And they did. And they do. And he loves them very much back in return.

All he asks is that they keep his deeds secret because, well, if the rest of the world found out that Huck could uproot a three-foot-wide tree stump with his bare hands, that town wouldn't be so sleepy no more.

The rest of the world finds out.

The first chapter is magical in a 'Forrest Gump' way. I can't think that wasn't its inspiration. And there's a lot of love left to come.

But there's also a whole lot of hurt.

Albuquerque manages to convey so much in Huck's physique and body language beyond his weight and prowess, and there's an earthiness to Dave McCaig's colouring right from the beginning so that when the book takes a very sharp turn into unhappier terrain it doesn't jar one jot. It's as expressive as Eisner, especially when startled, and while so many of those who surround Huck grow nasty, Huck's face retains its little-lost-boy look of astonishment under all but the direst circumstances.