It can’t go on like this, Ma’am. Jon is a disgrace to the Agency,
I know, I know … but my hands are tied. He’s an excellent agent.
Who cares! We have to get him away from here for a while. It will do everyone some good.
Where do you want me to send him? He doesn’t have a mission. The world has been strangely calm lately.
We don’t have to send him on a mission. There are other ways to send an agent away ...
Amidst a world filled with dangerous criminals, terrorists and government conspiracies stands the Agency – an ultra secret organization whose mission is to protect the innocent and safeguard the World. This legendary organization brings together the greatest geniuses, the most talented agents and cutting edge technologies, including new recruit Jon Le Bon. With his highly unusual methods and a refined knack for creating hijinks wherever he goes, Jon Le Bon is a super agent never before experienced by the Agency and the world.
In Formula V, the second book in the “Jon Le Bon! Super Agent” graphic novel series, Jon Le Bon's initiation really isn't going as planned. He gets stuck with Agent WXT on the other side of the planet - in a wild and arid continent, far away from civilization. As they try to make their way back to the Agency, they meet some odd characters – including Gerald the Flying Hog and Conrad the Atomic Monkey – who will fill them in on the Agency's mysterious past.
While the character dialogue often rambles and many plot points seem overly convoluted, it’s the true comic book nature of the story that really shines. The illustrations are boisterously colorful and almost hyper-kinetic in the way they seem to burst off the page with the crazed energy of Jon Le Bon, himself. Many of the best sequences in the story, like that of a desert temple race scene, offer minimal dialogue in what is certain to be an intentional effort to instead highlight the action-infused illustrations that mimic many a high-stakes action movie stunt scene.
Written and illustrated by Alex A., the “Jon Le Bon! Super Agent” graphic novel series offers middle-grade readers an incredibly imaginative universe filled with a variety of wacky and offbeat characters. Filled to the brim with references to other cartoons, spy series, and video games, Formula V is certain to connect with graphic novel readers who prefer their books to be heavy on the visual and goofy gags and light on the text content.
Amy Westbury teaches Grade 6 & 7 at Abbey Lane Public School in Oakville, Ontario.