Posts tagged ‘kid heroes’

November 17, 2013

Smash: Trial by Fire, by Chris & Kyle Bolton


Good-hearted but impulsive kid contracts super-powers, tries his best — but being a hero is never easy.

We featured this book at our most recent Comics Jam, projecting the book up on the screen to read with the kiddies of the after-school crowd.  A fun read-aloud, the dialogue is clever and funny, the story lopes along at an easy pace once it gets rolling.  The feel is something of a cross between Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Spider-man — though unlike Greg Heffler (protagonist of the Wimpy Kid series) fun-sized hero Andrew Ryan isn’t, you know, a jerk.  He’s a good kid who idolizes the local superhero named Defender, trying to live up to his example.  Even without powers Andrew attempts to make his world a better place, to confront bullies or  help kids in need (in one sequence attempting some dashing derring-do involving a tire swing to rescue Halloween candy from the greedy clutches of sidewalk goons — with the usual disastrous results).

read more »

September 1, 2010

The Unsinkable Walker Bean

by Aaron Renier and Alec Longstreth (colors).

An instant classic all-ages adventure story.    Admiral Bean lies on his deathbed, raving of dangers to all humanity from supernatural horrors lurking beneath the sea.    But who would believe the ravings of a sick old man?

Who?  Only his grandson Walker accepts him at his word.

The rollicking sea adventure that ensues follows this determined and imaginative youth in his mission to return a magical (and talking) skull-sized pearl to the lair of the monstrous Sea Witches from whence it was stolen.  If he cannot return it, his grandfather will surely die.

read more »