Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game
Kids who are missing hockey can find joy in the release of a new graphic novel, Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game ― aimed at kids and early teens. Written by J. Torres and illustrated by Tim Levins, the action-packed, laugh-out-loud graphic novel provides Canada’s favourite sport with an out-of-this world treatment.
Isaac may be the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) in his hockey video game, but after a championship game-losing accident, he’s an epic fail on actual ice.
Unfortunately, the Pods’ robot scout from Planet Galaxia doesn’t know this, and beams him up and away to be the new superstar of their terrible team—the worst in the GL (Galaxian Hockey League). Fortunately for the Pods, Isaac’s new neighbour Lily is along for the ride — and she just might be the best goalie this side of the Milky Way.
But the interstellar game isn’t quite like hockey on Earth. The stakes are higher. Opposing players are shaped like trees, or electrified, or built like actual boulders. And even if Isaac is able to whip the octopus-like Pods into shape, Emperor Mad Maroon, the ruler of Galaxia, might not release the Earthlings. Can Isaac score a win in the Galaxia Championship Tournament . . . and get back to home ice?
Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game retails for $14.99 and is available at Chapters-Indigo. 1% of the sale of this book helps children in high-needs communities through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.
J. TORRES is a Canadian comic book writer. He is perhaps best known for his run on DC Comics' Teen Titans Go, the Eisner-nominated Alison Dare, and the Junior Library Guild/TD Summer Reading Club title Bigfoot Boy. Winner of the Shuster Award for "Outstanding Writer," Torres has worked with characters from A (Archies) to Z (The Mighty Zodiac) and many more in between (Avatar, Batman, Ninja Scroll, Simpsons, WALL-E, Wonder Woman, Yo Gabba Gabba, and X-Men, to name a few).
TIM LEVINS studied Fine Art and Classical Animation before breaking into the comic book business in the mid-1990s. Tim is best known for his work on the Eisner Award-winning DC Comics series Batman: Gotham Adventures. Over the years, he has illustrated many other titles for DC, Marvel Comics and Archie Comics, and has drawn several children?s books published by Capstone Press. Tim enjoys life in Midland, Ontario, Canada, with his wife, son, and two dogs.