Jonathan King's comics have featured online and in anthologies. King is a prominent filmmaker whose debut feature Black Sheep remains one of New Zealand's biggest-selling feature films. Its international awards include the Audience Award at the Gerardmer Fantastic Film Festival, the Silver Raven at the Brussels Fantastic Film Festival and the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. King co-wrote, produced and directed a film adaptation of New Zealand children's classic Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee, starring Sam Neill, which has been released worldwide. The Inkberg Enigma is his first children's book.
Miro, a boy with perhaps too much love of books, and Zia, a girl always ready for adventure, team up to discover the sinister and mystical secret at the heart of their sleepy fishing town. This straightforward, fast-paced mystery sometimes glosses over conversations in order to introduce the next entertaining part of the story, but the target audience is unlikely to mind that Zia and Miro suddenly go somewhere when they're busy saving the day. King's dramatic poses and square jaws recall the golden era of pulp action comics but with a modern feel and diverse cast; the purely black-and-white sections denoting flashbacks are some of the most dynamic art in the whole story. Adults reading along will no doubt enjoy the classic monster references and a cameo by a tiny Loch Ness Monster in a jar. Overall, a diverting tale and an interesting pair of odd-couple kid detectives. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for Miro and Zia to uncover mischief in the future.--Booklist -- Journal