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RAINBOW BRIDGE is an original graphic novel from Steve Foxe and Steve Orlando – the first to be published under AfterShock's new YA imprint: SEISMIC PRESS. What if the Rainbow Bridge was the Bifrost? ANDY’s parents rescued ROCKET when Andy was just a toddler, and they grew up together, with Rocket serving as Andy’s guardian through every one of childhood's ups and downs. So RAINBOW BRIDGE is an original graphic novel from Steve Foxe and Steve Orlando – the first to be published under AfterShock's new YA imprint: SEISMIC PRESS. What if the Rainbow Bridge was the Bifrost? ANDY’s parents rescued ROCKET when Andy was just a toddler, and they grew up together, with Rocket serving as Andy’s guardian through every one of childhood's ups and downs. So when Rocket passes away right before Andy’s 14th birthday, he's rudderless. High school is coming soon and he can't imagine making that transition without Rocket at his side. The day before school starts, when Andy is at his lowest, he visits Rocket’s grave, and unexpectedly summons the RAINBOW BRIDGE, a gateway to a fantasy world where pets discover their afterlife. One part heaven and one part limbo, this is a final resting place for pets – but also a realm where any unfinished business must be completed, before restless pet souls twist into bizarre, seemingly malevolent wraiths that haunt the periphery of this otherwise splendid paradise. It’s extremely rare for a human to visit this realm, but Rocket and Andy find each other again in this wondrous pet Valhalla to go on one last epic adventure to help Rocket reunite with his lost littermate, fulfilling Rocket’s last wishes. Here, the roles are reversed, as Andy has to be the strong one and support Rocket in his quest for closure. By adventure's end, Andy finally gains the confidence to let go of his childhood and enter the next phase of his life, starting his first day of high school. RAINBOW BRIDGE is aimed primarily at younger readers, on the border of middle grade and YA, but should resonate with anyone who has ever had to say goodbye to a beloved pet – or anyone who greeted growing up with nervousness and anxiety. Like JOE THE BARBARIAN before it, RAINBOW BRIDGE can address the lines between reality and fantasy (although everything in the book is portrayed as actually happening), wish fulfillment and personal growth, childhood and young adulthood. There are also themes of overcoming trauma, and of compassion for animals. The Realm Beyond the Rainbow Bridge is shaped by its inhabitants, and contains vast fantasy vistas inspired by the adventures pets and their owners, especially kids, imagine for themselves.


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RAINBOW BRIDGE is an original graphic novel from Steve Foxe and Steve Orlando – the first to be published under AfterShock's new YA imprint: SEISMIC PRESS. What if the Rainbow Bridge was the Bifrost? ANDY’s parents rescued ROCKET when Andy was just a toddler, and they grew up together, with Rocket serving as Andy’s guardian through every one of childhood's ups and downs. So RAINBOW BRIDGE is an original graphic novel from Steve Foxe and Steve Orlando – the first to be published under AfterShock's new YA imprint: SEISMIC PRESS. What if the Rainbow Bridge was the Bifrost? ANDY’s parents rescued ROCKET when Andy was just a toddler, and they grew up together, with Rocket serving as Andy’s guardian through every one of childhood's ups and downs. So when Rocket passes away right before Andy’s 14th birthday, he's rudderless. High school is coming soon and he can't imagine making that transition without Rocket at his side. The day before school starts, when Andy is at his lowest, he visits Rocket’s grave, and unexpectedly summons the RAINBOW BRIDGE, a gateway to a fantasy world where pets discover their afterlife. One part heaven and one part limbo, this is a final resting place for pets – but also a realm where any unfinished business must be completed, before restless pet souls twist into bizarre, seemingly malevolent wraiths that haunt the periphery of this otherwise splendid paradise. It’s extremely rare for a human to visit this realm, but Rocket and Andy find each other again in this wondrous pet Valhalla to go on one last epic adventure to help Rocket reunite with his lost littermate, fulfilling Rocket’s last wishes. Here, the roles are reversed, as Andy has to be the strong one and support Rocket in his quest for closure. By adventure's end, Andy finally gains the confidence to let go of his childhood and enter the next phase of his life, starting his first day of high school. RAINBOW BRIDGE is aimed primarily at younger readers, on the border of middle grade and YA, but should resonate with anyone who has ever had to say goodbye to a beloved pet – or anyone who greeted growing up with nervousness and anxiety. Like JOE THE BARBARIAN before it, RAINBOW BRIDGE can address the lines between reality and fantasy (although everything in the book is portrayed as actually happening), wish fulfillment and personal growth, childhood and young adulthood. There are also themes of overcoming trauma, and of compassion for animals. The Realm Beyond the Rainbow Bridge is shaped by its inhabitants, and contains vast fantasy vistas inspired by the adventures pets and their owners, especially kids, imagine for themselves.

30 review for Rainbow Bridge

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eric Rosswood

    This is a cute book about the friendship between a boy and his dog, and the connections we have to our loved ones when they pass away. It's adorable and heartwarming. This is a cute book about the friendship between a boy and his dog, and the connections we have to our loved ones when they pass away. It's adorable and heartwarming.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*

    This was great, but I would NOT recommend reading it if you recently lost a pet. I bawled for HOURS after reading this, and I lost my best friend a year and a half ago! I'd give anything to be able to have one last adventure with my Moukou. 💕 This was great, but I would NOT recommend reading it if you recently lost a pet. I bawled for HOURS after reading this, and I lost my best friend a year and a half ago! I'd give anything to be able to have one last adventure with my Moukou. 💕

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Devastating concept. Don't get me wrong, I knew the book starts when the dog dies, but it still reminds me of every single animal I've ever outlived. The story is very simple without much nuance, which I actually really appreciated as there's so much to unpack around personal dead pet feelings that I probably wouldn't have been able to also pay attention to a complex plot. The art is straightforward and lovely to look at. Really matched the tone of the story perfectly. Devastating concept. Don't get me wrong, I knew the book starts when the dog dies, but it still reminds me of every single animal I've ever outlived. The story is very simple without much nuance, which I actually really appreciated as there's so much to unpack around personal dead pet feelings that I probably wouldn't have been able to also pay attention to a complex plot. The art is straightforward and lovely to look at. Really matched the tone of the story perfectly.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    I really liked this foray into the beyond, over the “rainbow bridge,” where pets go when they die. In this case, Andy’s beloved dog Rocket is in the “forever fields.” Apparently Rocket has unfinished business, which Andy finds out when he accidentally enters this magical realm while mourning Rocket at his grave. So, as long as he’s there, Andy searches for Rocket, accompanied by other pets he has known. But the whole community of animals is threatened by the presence of evil wraiths, which are p I really liked this foray into the beyond, over the “rainbow bridge,” where pets go when they die. In this case, Andy’s beloved dog Rocket is in the “forever fields.” Apparently Rocket has unfinished business, which Andy finds out when he accidentally enters this magical realm while mourning Rocket at his grave. So, as long as he’s there, Andy searches for Rocket, accompanied by other pets he has known. But the whole community of animals is threatened by the presence of evil wraiths, which are pets who are stuck in limbo with unfinished business. Andy is tortured by the idea that Rocket could be stuck because he, Andy, was too heartbroken to be present when the family had to put Rocket down. Could Rocket be on the road to becoming a wraith? These questions spur Andy to find his beloved pet and achieve closure. I loved the concept of a happy afterlife for pets, and the book achieves this with humor and a believable explanation. Andy, a rising 9th grader who just can’t move on after Rocket’s death, is a boy with strong emotions that he shares with his family. The reason behind his adventure beyond the rainbow bridge is love for his pet, which lots of readers will find relatable. It’s a great combination of an emotional journey and a rousing fast paced adventure. The evil wraiths are defeated, but not vanquished, so there’s definitely room for further adventures.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rowynn DeGennaro

    A very sweet story

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Cried all the way through it. Great illustrations, heavy topic but I thought it did well to help young teens deal with it. There were minor plot points I didn't care for (such as our pets going somewhere they never reconnect with their humans after death) but over all a heartwarming story and well worth the read if you can handle it. You immediately fall in love with Andy and Rocket and I can't wait to read their next adventure. Cried all the way through it. Great illustrations, heavy topic but I thought it did well to help young teens deal with it. There were minor plot points I didn't care for (such as our pets going somewhere they never reconnect with their humans after death) but over all a heartwarming story and well worth the read if you can handle it. You immediately fall in love with Andy and Rocket and I can't wait to read their next adventure.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Critter

    I received a preview of this book from Diamond Books and this review is based on the preview. I absolutely love the art style. It's cute and very evocative. I love how colorful it is as well and just how expressive it is. I have already fallen in love with Rocket and Andy, as well as their family. I also loved seeing the rescue dogs that are a part of this family. I loved how emotional this book was right off the bat. Dealing with the loss of a pet is a deeply emotional time as they are a part of I received a preview of this book from Diamond Books and this review is based on the preview. I absolutely love the art style. It's cute and very evocative. I love how colorful it is as well and just how expressive it is. I have already fallen in love with Rocket and Andy, as well as their family. I also loved seeing the rescue dogs that are a part of this family. I loved how emotional this book was right off the bat. Dealing with the loss of a pet is a deeply emotional time as they are a part of the family. I can't wait for this book to release as it looks like it is going to be great and very emotional.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    As an animal lover, I sobbed my way through this entire comic. It's a sweet story that should resonate with anyone who has had to say goodbye to a pet. I also appreciated the casual openness Andy's mom had about him starting his freshman year of high school and suggesting that there will be cute girls (or boys) there and that it didn't matter to her which one interested Andy more. It's not a major plot point, but the representation is good to see. As an animal lover, I sobbed my way through this entire comic. It's a sweet story that should resonate with anyone who has had to say goodbye to a pet. I also appreciated the casual openness Andy's mom had about him starting his freshman year of high school and suggesting that there will be cute girls (or boys) there and that it didn't matter to her which one interested Andy more. It's not a major plot point, but the representation is good to see.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth Dettman

    This was a really cute coming of age graphic novel. I thought the art style was good for the tone of the story. I liked most of the characters, they were about as fleshed as you can get in a short graphic novel. I liked the story- how the main character had to help someone else to get himself out of his funk.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erica McGillivray

    The dog does die, and then the boy goes to help the dog in pet heaven. I cried fully at the beginning, thinking about my cat who passed in 2020.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MissHalo227

    Very cute book. Love the art style. Super positive message of helping and being there for your animal friends would love to see a volume 2.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lea McMahan

    Bawling my face off, but such a good book!!! All animals deserve love T.T <3

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Paletta

    MORE MORE MORE! This was a fantastic, heartwarming read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Haley Frailey

    Super cute, but I cried the whole time I was reading it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jacki

    Not deep enough to grab me, but I can see that the concept of a magical world where your deceased pet can talk and gets large enough that you can ride around on them would capture kids' interest. Not deep enough to grab me, but I can see that the concept of a magical world where your deceased pet can talk and gets large enough that you can ride around on them would capture kids' interest.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Will

    Super sweet story about a teenage boy dealing with the loss of his best friend dog, and is given a chance to have an adventure with him and to say goodbye.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robin Pelletier

    Oh man. I am dreading the day when one of my babies crosses over the Rainbow Bridge. This novel offers a glimpse of what awaits pets over that rainbow bridge. It also gives hope and comfort to those who have lost dearly loved pets. I enjoyed the illustrations and the plot. It was adorable. And I totally got teary eyed at parts!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Destiny

  19. 4 out of 5

    Justine

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Binkley

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mollie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  24. 5 out of 5

    Keena

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nana

  26. 4 out of 5

    sucker4synth

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eti

  28. 5 out of 5

    BookDragon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Galen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Austin Harper

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