I have to hand it to Ben Fisher and Emily S. Whitten, The Underfoot was a damn clever story with beautiful illustrations that kept me captivated the entire way through. A graphic novel featuring various hamsters as they navigate a newfound intelligence as a result of scientific testing after the disappearance of all humans within the world. Perhaps the most fascinating piece of all this is the fact that they regularly refer to humans as “the gods that were” and speak of the supposed promise that they will soon return–this plot point was just about the most amusing piece of the entire graphic novel, clever in an absolutely wonderful and hilarious way (but no spoilers!)–someday in the future.
I had a lot of fun reading this book and very much wish that it had been around when I was a kid. It’s definitely the sort of book I’d get for a young teen or someone perhaps just slightly younger. They might not get all of the jokes, but they’ll definitely enjoy the experience of reading it. The subplot for volume one is a fun and interesting one, but not too dense. You’re met with characters you really grow to adore and there are certainly moments where you feel a strong emotional connection to what is going on.
While this is by no means the best graphic novel I’ve stumbled upon and it definitely misses an opportunity to leave a social commentary within its readers regarding scientific research and the treatment of animals–though I suppose we have Nimh for that–it was an enjoyable read that I imagine I’ll return to one day if I ever have kids of my own.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.