Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World

May 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

hilo2Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick


Yay, Judd Winick! I love his style and his artwork and his stories, and I loved the first Hilo book, so I was excited to catch up with the story. It’s neat that this story is being told as a book series instead of as a comic, since it gives the author the opportunity to bring the reader back up to speed with what’s been going on. It hasn’t been that long since I read the first book, but I tend to lose a lot of detail from one volume to the next, so I appreciate summaries like that.

In Saving the Whole Wide World, we’re still investigating the mystery of Hilo, getting more clues about his origins, but we’re also seeing Hilo saving the whole wide world. Forces from beyond the Earth are still pursuing Hilo, forcing him and D.J. and Gina (along with D.J.’s little sister Lisa) to fight back. Hilo still exudes a kind of innocent charm as he discovers additional powers he has, and it fits in so well with his character that when he finds a way to use those powers against those invading forces, it feels natural. Plus, Hilo can be as serious as he needs to be, especially when his friends are threatened.

This chapter in the story ends on a cliffhanger that’s reminiscent of Barry Ween, but it works within the confines of the story. The first book also ended on a cliffhanger, but this one feels a lot bigger. We also get a big revelation toward the end of the story, its effect on Hilo playing in toward that cliffhanger, so the story is still tight and engaging. It’s hard to find anything in this story to complain about, which I would probably say even if I wasn’t already a fan of Winick.

Another thing I like about the series so far is its diversity and the strength of the characters. The main characters are all non-white, save for Hilo, but then again, he’s a robot, and despite him having the powers to defeat the invading forces, the other characters play a large part in helping. These are strong role models for the intended readers, which is a younger audience, and I think it’s great that Winick brings that kind of inclusion to his story.

Saving the Whole Wide World might be better than The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. The story moves along at a natural pace, the characters stay endearing, and the art is just the right tone for the story. This is no surprise — Winick has proven time and again that he can do these things consistently — but it’s nice to see the story moving along. My only disappointment is the next book won’t be out until 2017!


1 Comment

  1. HiLo: Waking the Monsters | Veni Vidi Verkisto said,

    […] say much more than that. If you really must know, then you can check out my reviews for the first three books, where I talk about my love for Judd Winick and the characters he creates. Or you can just […]

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