Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Number of pages: 160
Publishing: November 1st, 2022
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Opening Line: "...Eighty-nine bottles of pop on the wall, eighty-nine bottles of pop!"
Cat Ninja Welcome to the Burbs is the fourth volume of the Epic! originals series. Getepic.com includes four seasons of stories from the series that you can have read to you, but I believe you need an account. Parents can try it out for free with a basic plan.
In the latest installment of this graphic novel, Cat Ninja, Master Hamster and the family have moved from Metro City to Peaceful Valley after their dad purchased a new house. An unexpected visit from their new next-door neighbor with a welcoming gift, and the disappearance of Master Hamster, leads Cat Ninja and robot-dog Adonis on a chase through Peaceful Valley hunting the notorious Goldfather and his slimy henchmen.
Cat Ninja is a totally new series to me which I thoroughly enjoyed. The kid appeal of this is on fire. I can see why it's one of Epic! most popular series. There's lots of action as the masked feline shreds his way across the pages on his board with his pal Adonis in tow. Cat Ninja/AKA Claude also this time assists the crime fighter, Octopunch in dealing with a rampaging monster truck. Master Hamster/AKA Mr. Stiches also had me in stiches with his workout routine. I could read tons of stories about him, he's surly and just downright funny. I loved the way Cat Ninja and Master Hamster had their alter ego/pet personalities and their superhero status. It was fun to watch them interact with Marcie and Leon and then go out on missions. I've seen reviews that describe this as being like Phineas and Ferb, which fits it perfectly. The illustrations have such beautiful vibrant colors, and I especially loved the martial arts style feline kicks and moves. The panels of backstory about Fish-Face Malone and the rest of the villains were so appreciated. This graphic novel features two diverse siblings, exciting panels, one superhero cat, a robot-dog, a humorous hamster and tons of adventure. This would make a perfect gift for a cat loving, superhero fan.