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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Boy2Panther (The Evolution of Khawm Temple) by Luc Beamon is a young adult comic book/graphic novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of mature children and young adults who enjoy superhero comics. Khawm Temple was set on the path of becoming Boy2Panther at the young age of two after he lost his mother in a car wreck that he survived. Transgenic panther cats Punt and Koosh became his substitute parents as Punt nursed young Khawm; the nursing caused Khawm to experience accelerated growth that allowed him to become superhuman. Yet, the secret of his existence and his abilities did not remain secret for long as word began to spread of a boy who was raised by panthers in the Central Park Zoo in New York.
Boy2Panther (The Evolution of Khawm Temple) by Luc Beamon has beautifully intense illustrations that drew me into the story more with visual elements than words. This is not to say that there are no words, but the written story seemed almost secondary to the story that took place alongside the words via the pictures. The times where the words were the most important and relevant were during dialogue as it allowed me to know what the characters were saying, which in turn allowed the story to progress onward. I loved the idea of the Boy2Panther character, though I do wish that there had been more focus on his childhood development from human to superhuman. However, that lack did not in any way detract from my enjoyment of a brand new superhero character. The ending was quite a cliffhanger and I hope the author concludes it in a future sequel soon!