Superhero Families by Andy Shango
Seen this a while back but still brings a smile to my face, such innocence.
Published by DC, April 2014
Story: Ricardo Sanchez & Amy Wolfram
Art: Ben Bates & Jorge Corona
Colors: Jeremy Lawson
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover By: Daniel Hipp
Synopsis: I’ve been meaning to put some type of review on Teen Titans Go! for some time now since my daughter and I are avid watchers of the cartoon but just haven’t found the time. Well now that I have I want to make sure that everyone knows that the comic book stays true to the show. In this book you get 2 stories “Party, Party” and “Silicon Valley Cyborg”. Both are equally simple, yet funny thus keeping the little avid reader engaged. I found my daughter halting the progression of the story to point out little things that she found hilarious. I honestly found it funny because she thought it was so take it at face value.
In “Party, Party” the Teen Titans decide to throw a party leaving Starfire in charge of the guest list. So you can imagine how that might end up and yes you are probably right and Starfire ends up inviting the entire roster of villains. Pause for a second and let your imagination run wild with that one. The second, “Silicon Valley Cyborg” was a bit over the top but again, it made my daughter laugh so it must have been decent. I actually enjoyed “Party, Party” more than this one. Basically Cyborg is given a position of CEO at an unknown company with unlimited funds. He is met with skepticism from Robin, thus everyone but Robin is given a job. Robin quickly follows suit with the gang but is too late and we get to see how
Panel/Layout: The comic book has a very easy to follow box layout per page and unlike the new series Dexter’s Laboratory comic that I reviewed a little while back, there are fewer words to populate the bubbles leaving more space for artwork. The size of the words are also much smaller making it an easier read for the 6-8 year old range. Finally, Ben Bates & Jorge Corona did a wonderful job bringing the Teen Titans to life in comic book form. The character designs are all spot on looking as they do in the cartoon making it a perfect addition for your little Teen Titans Go! crazed fanatic.
Verdict: As I said before it compliments the show so that same goofball character interactions you get from the show are displayed panel by panel for your little reader. While i was reading this with my 6 year old daughter I could literally mimic the voices in my head as each Teen Titan had a line. There were plenty of smiles to go around.
Published by IDW Publishing, May 2014
Story: Derek Fridolfs
Art: Ryan Jampole
Colors: Jeremy Colwell
Letterer: Tom B. Long
Covers By: Ryan Jampole & Derek Charm
Synopsis: I remember watching Cartoon Network during the heyday of Genndy Tartakovsky’s creation period. Many a time was I sitting in front of the TV watching Dexter’s Lab, Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack. I’m glad that IDW Publishing has brought back the boy genius so as to help me relive through the eyes of my daughter in comic book form. I’m also looking forward to the new crossover event bringing back many of the Cartoon Network characters in Super Secret Crisis War later this year, so check it out if you can.
In this new 4-part miniseries Dexter starts out talking about his next big idea, one that he has been developing now for over a year. We see that his lab is in lockdown and various worker robots are keeping tabs on Dee Dee’s every move until she leaves for her dance recital. However like all of Dexter’s inventions they usually meet their demise quickly at the hands of an unexpected appearance from his sister Dee Dee. The cute interactions between the two stay true to the original cartoon leading us into the main storyline with Dexter’s new invention and a dream. A dream of a life where Dee Dee can no longer interfere with his lab or his inventions.
Panel/Layout: From the viewpoint of a child the comic has a very basic square box layout that makes it easy to follow. However the downside to this comic comes when a rather wordy bubble appears in a small box. This usually occurs when Dexter is off on a rant and usually his vocabulary consists of rather large words. Besides that the artwork stays true to classic Dexter and Dee Dee cartoons of the past.
Verdict: I would recommend this book for kids with a word of caution. If you plan on getting this for a young reader ages 6 to 8 years of age then you may need to help read along. Dexter has a rather large vocabulary of lengthy sized words that he utilizes to explain various experiments and of course gloating over his many achievements. I read along with my 6 year old daughter and she loved the story. In fact she really enjoyed the brother and sister interacts since she herself has a younger brother.
This board is dedicated to the talented artist Skottie Young and all of his creations.
From this week’s Powerpuff Girls #9 Art and Words by Troy Little
My girl loves everything coming out of IDW right now! Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony, Dexters Laboratory, and upcoming Super Secret Crisis War is on her to read list as well! Kid Approved!!