Even though she might only be in middle school, Lacey Cunningham and her dog Lily find themselves at the center of some very grownup action in the first two issues of Lacey and Lily from Dandy Press. This dynamic superhero duo protect their city and fight off dangerous villains after an unexpected discovery. These first two issues introduce us to our title characters and establish a world where even kids can be heroes.
Issue #1 starts off right in the middle of a possibly deadly situation. Lacey and Lily narrowly save a group of people, but before too long a villain appears, who is ready to destroy our heroic pair. What is so wonderful about this issue is that before the big battle occurs Lacey and Lily, not in their superhero costumes, appear and tell the reader that they can’t just start in the middle of the story and explain that we need to go back to the beginning to really understand what’s going on.
The story suddenly shifts and the tone is a bit more subdued. Lacey and her family have just finished packing up her grandmother’s things and they’ve taken Lily home with them. After a game of fetch Lacey finds herself chasing Lily up the stairs and the dog knocks into a locked trunk. Inside are two costumes, one for a human and one for a dog. Lacey isn’t sure why her grandma would have such things, but she and Lily get dressed up and something bizarre happens. Lily hits the buckle on Lacey’s belt and suddenly the clothes change colors and fit them both perfectly. Lacey can fly and has no idea how such an amazing thing is possible.
We pick up in issue #2 with Lacey working to get a handle on her new abilities and flying around town helping people. On Monday she has to head back to school and there we meet her best friend Weston and learn that in all of the superhero excitement she forgot about the spelling bee. Before Lacey can even spell her first word there’s a massive crash and a group of men appear. The Wordsmith has arrived with his henchmen in the hopes of robbing the box office, the only problem is he didn’t realize this was a spelling bee. Lacey leaps into action and Lily appears to help her. We get to see the two work together against their first super villain and his terrible truck related plan.
Lacey and Lily is such a wonderful comic and made me smile the entire time I was reading it. For older readers it will fill you with a childlike delight as you see a young girl work to become a hero and find herself growing up along the way. For younger readers Lacey is the perfect role model. She shows that anyone can be a hero and that as long as you believe in yourself you can accomplish a great deal. She’s also just such a cute character and having Lily as s sidekick is adorable. I just love the two of them together. The art in this series is so bright and vibrant and I strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys superhero comics as well as to beginner readers of all ages.
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