Pax Samson || eARC Review

Title: Pax Samson, Vol. 1: The Cookout
Author: Rashad Doucet, Jason Reeves
Series/Number: Vol. 1
Genre: Superheroes, Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade
Page Count: 200
Publication Date: August 3, 2021
Publisher: Oni Press
Themes: Friendship, Magic, Self discovery, School, Superheroes, Family,


When it comes to the kitchen, no one knows cooking better than twelve-year-old Pax Samson. He’s a hero when it comes to testing recipes and supplying copious amounts of Dragon Noodle Soup at his family’s cookouts. It’s tough being a master chef, though, when the rest of his family are world-famous superheroes, and they expect Pax to take up the beacon to keep the world safe with his telekinetic powers. 

Pax’s home planet of Soltellus is home to all walks of life, including humans, gods, as well as elves, orcs, dragons, sprites and other fantasy races known as the “Enchanted” all living in a modern society similar to our own. Among them is the Samson family, led by the fearless and mighty Grandma Samson, the greatest superhero to ever live and the person responsible for always saving Soltellus when trouble strikes. She’s been doing it for hundreds of years, but she’s ready for the younger generation of Samsons, including Pax, to step up. 

When the mad god Odin, long-time enemy to the Enchanted race and arch-rival to Grandma, resurfaces in another attempt to regain power, Pax will attempt to put his training into practice, but ends up just making things worse. Tempted to hang up the superhero cape and stick to the kitchen, Pax faces the toughest decision yet when a legendary savior of the Enchanted people arrives, along with a startling discovery that there might be parts of the Soltellus history that are wrong. Pax, determined to protect his family and friends, will do everything he can to stop the new threats set on disrupting the peace between humans and the Enchanted.

Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for an eARC of this title.

This was a very fun opening to a new comic series. Pax isn’t sure about who he is or if he wants to be a superhero like the rest of his family. He doesn’t feel like he fits in and has a love of cooking. I really enjoyed this story about finding yourself and discovering who you want to be. Pax is so sweet and so concerned with his friends and family’s safety.

I really loved the art in this comic too. It was so colourful and bright. I found all the colours and the art design so much fun! The world and creatures was so amazing. I loved all the different cultures and the history sprinkled within the story. It made the story feel completely fleshed out and well thought-out. I really enjoyed this first installment of the series. I would absolutely love to see more from this series. I think it’s perfect for kids who are interested in superheroes or comics.


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