Created by Nico Ludwig-Stock & Michael Stock
Written by Michael Stock
Art by Sina Grace
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Hope Larson
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 11/05/2014
Five years ago, when she was just eight years of age, Nico Ludwig-Stock wrote a story that was just around half a page titled “The Magic Box”. It was published in her school newspaper back when she was in the third grade. This week will see the adaptation of that story, from Nico’s father and writer Michael Stock with Penny Dora and the Wishing Box #1 from Image Comics.
The story centers in on a young girl named Penny Dora and her mother who live in a cookie cutter neighborhood in Cuesta Verde, California. In fact, the houses are so identical, the only thing that distinguishes them apart from one another are the unique mailboxes. Penny’s mother and father are separated and it is apparent as you continue to read that the only thing that Penny wants is for her parents to once again be together.
It is Christmas Eve, and a gift is left at the front door with no tags on it. Penny and her mom proceed to open it on Christmas day, only to discover an old dusty box with no note or explanation to where it came from. In fact, the mom who thinks it may be a gag gift from Penny’s father, wants her to trash the box. Penny instead hides the box, unbeknownst to her mom. It is after this that we soon discover the wishing powers of the box, as it provides the family cat (Iggy) with a nice late night holiday feast.
The pencils and colors in this first issue are outstanding, thanks to the effort by both Sina Grace (The Li’l Depressed Boy) and Tamra Bonvillain. Grace has a distinct style that stands out in these pages, and Bonvillain’s choice of colors is impressive indeed.
Michael Stock it truly honoring the imagination of his daughter by expanding this idea she came up with many years ago, and transforming it into this wonderful world that is Penny Dora. In an industry that is producing so many quality all-ages comics these days, Penny Dora and the Wishing Box shines in this first issue. This is a beautifully told story and a series that all comic book readers and their children will enjoy.
REVIEW: PENNY DORA AND THE WISHING BOX #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)