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Version Control

By David A. Robertson
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk, and Andrew Thomas
Series: The Reckoner Rises
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Mental Illness, Superheroes
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Traditional Medicine, Contemporary Setting, Diverse and Inclusive Representation, 2SLGBTQI+, Anxiety, Depression and Suicide, PTSD, Social Emotional Learning, Courage, Death, Grief, and Bereavement, Emotions and Feelings, Empathy, Friendship, Honesty, Mental Health and Well-Being, Responsibility, Self-Esteem and Self-Reliance, Strong Female Characters
Cultures & Peoples: Cree

Interest Age: 12–18
Grade: 7–12
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell Z+, Lexile® Framework for Reading: HL470L
Paperback : 9781553799672, 80 pages, April 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553799689, 80 pages, May 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553799696, 80 pages, May 2022

With Cole barely clinging to life, Eva fearlessly takes the lead to investigate Mihko’s diabolical experiments. But where’s Brady?


After finding out Mihko reinstated the Reckoner Initiative in Breakdown, Cole and Eva confronted Mihko head-on. But when Eva stumbles across a secret laboratory, she finds her worst nightmares come to life. After a vicious battle with Mihko’s newest test subject leaves Cole close to death, Eva is forced to continue their investigation without him. With Brady missing and Cole in recovery, Eva is on her own.

What new terrors has Mihko created? Can they be stopped? And can Eva find Brady before it’s too late?


  • Winner, Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards, Graphic Novel 2023
  • Joint winner, Manitowapow Award 2023
  • Long-listed, First Nation Communities READ 2023


Among CBC Books 15 Canadian Comics We Can't Wait to Read in Spring 2022

CBC Books

Version Control beautifully navigates friendship and action with stunning illustrations and a superhero heart tinged with horror. You'll be desperate for volume three once you hit the final page.

Chip Zdarsky

Stunningly illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, David A. Robertson's Indigenous young adult story delivers an emotional and suspenseful adventure that humanizes the dark reality of super-powered beings.

Ramón K Pérez

Once again, the illustrations of award-winning Scott B. Henderson and the colouring of Donovan Yaciuk bring the story and its characters and settings to life. Robertson leaves his readers on a cliff edge at the end of Version Control. Stay tuned for volume three of the series! Highly recommended.

CM Association

Powerful, immersive storytelling, with the additional force of kinetic art by Scott B. Henderson and colouring by Donovan Yaciuk. In addition to the explosive superhero storyline, the novel also contains a powerful exploration of trauma and loss, the aftershocks of heroics, and the human cost of being superhuman.

Robert Wiersema, Quill & Quire

This striking and brilliantly coloured work brings the reader into a visual page-turner.

Juror, Manitoba Book Awards