Explorer: The Hidden Doors is a collection of seven short stories, created by different people, in which the common theme is doors, specifically hidden doors. Because each story has a different creator, the illustrations vary from a muted pencil style through to a slick, digital look.
Most of the stories have a semi-fantasy or sci-fi element. They include characters like: Doctor Asteria Crane who travels inside the mind of her patient; Briar who gets trapped with a giant who just might want to eat her; Luis who becomes the pictures he draws; and Clave the cat and his robotic nemesis.
A quick and easy to read collection of stories, likely to kickstart the imaginations of budding graphic novelists.
Title: Explorer: The Hidden Doors (Explorer #3)
Editor: Kazu Kibuishi
Publisher: Abrams, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2014
For ages: 10+
Type: Graphic novel