Kids’ comics. If your kid is reading them, you’re probably a bit torn. They’re reading, rock on!…I mean, it’s not Treasure Island, but hey–it’s something.
Let me tell you, parents of children who are old enough to read: you have it easy. I no longer get to judge kids’ comic books based on their merits, but by how well they hold up after I’ve been asked to re-read it for the 30th time to my three year old.
Super Powers #5 (DC Comics)
Super Powers? It’s still quite fun by read 31.
So, maybe the plot’s a tad thin. There’s a New Krypton, a Braniac/Superman hybrid, some Darkseid action, and my favorite caption quite possibly in all of comics:
It’s not Shakespeare, but it knows what it is: a goofy and tongue-in-cheek presentation of classic DC heroes. This is fully designed for kids to get as much character recognition as possible, in a format that reminds me of the old Super Powers TV show.
Reading this to my 3 year old pretty much went like this:
“Daddy can you read me this book again?”
*every five seconds* – “That’s Superman! There’s Batman! There’s….who’s that?”
“That’s Hawkman. No one cares about him anymore.”
He loved it. It’s bright, and the plot is simple and cute enough for kids to understand, and I will gladly read him anything he asks, so this is the best gateway drug possible.
If you’ve got kids, this is a great mini-series.
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