“I don’t know what those slippers are for, but where can I get some…”

What’s up out there? Inspired by a request by local comic book artist Todd Bernardy, we at Game Over Comics are creating a new review series to spotlight the local comic book creators of Hawaii. Every week for the next month, we will feature one locally produced book available here in the store. Hopefully we can give each one of these awesome artists some new readership and they can continue putting out new and exciting content into the future.

First up, is a new book by Sam Campos called “Kanaka: Hawaiian Avenger”. Sam Campos is locally grown artist best known for his creation of “Pineapple Man”, and more recently a TV series called “Dragonfly”. READY! GO!

In this book we are introduced to Lucas, an experimental ex-soldier, cut from the army due to health complications caused by said experiments. Lucas’s desire to do good is to strong to keep him down and he becomes a masked vigilante fighting crime in Honolulu?! This may sound like a typical super hero story found on the pages of Marvel or DC, but this story does something very special. Our hero is a Hawaii grown hero, fighting crime using traditional native Hawaiian tools and weapons. No batarangs or repulsor rays. Just a poi pounder on a string, smashing robot skull. In retrospect some thought on the functionality of such a weapon is debateable, but while reading I never once thought that the hero was at any disadvantage in his fight.

My favorite part of this book, and this is totally biased due to my interest, is that the author took time to explain the proper name and function of every tool in our hero’s arsenal. This is important because I feel it’s something that is missing from modern day comic books. While reading this book you are getting a chance to learn, not only about native hawaiian technology, but our history as well. Books that allow you to take information away after you’re done reading are usually books that will stick in your memory.

The art in this one is truly a throwback as well. There happened to be a copy of a 90’s X-men book lying on the counter next to this one and you would think it was the same artist. The dark shadows and funny banter throughout made me feel like I took a trip back in time.  I’m totally biased on this one, so take it with a grain of salt.

Overall I enjoyed this book very much. The book was rather short so there wasn’t a great deal of story to expound on, but the action plus the art flowed nicely. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is a fan of 90’s comic book art and quick, witty storytelling. The only negative on this book, and with most local independent books, is the availability. It takes a great deal of time, work, and money to put together a comic book. Thus our local comic creators cannot put out near the volume of a mainstream company. This makes it difficult for a reader to get the next issue of a series because most times a new issue is not released until a comic convention or special event. The book is great, but I’m worried it may take us awhile to get the next issue out to you guys. The Game Over Guys will try our best to get the next issue as soon as Sam makes it available. Peace!

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