Super Sons: The PolarShield Project
The graphic novel Super Sons is a captivating adventure about the lives of Superman’s and Batman’s sons. Jumping right into the action, we learn that the boys (Dalmation, who likes to be called Ian, and Jon) have moved to the same new town because their previous homes have flooded due to a collapsed dam. Although the boys are very different, they come together under the threat of global warming to battle thugs, and it all ends in a train explosion!
This book is hard to follow, as there are a lot of jumps in the action. On one page, Superman is fixing flood walls by going into space to find Mars dust, and on the next page, you are meeting a girl, Candace, who fulfills a royal prophecy. I think the author is assuming I know more about Superman and Batman’s stories than I do, which made the book confusing and less interesting.
The dull-toned artwork will appeal more to older kids, especially as there is a lot of physical violence shown, including punching, kicking, and throwing of people. The artwork does, however, contribute to your understanding of the story, and I felt like I knew how the characters were feeling through how their bodies were drawn.
Overall, I think this book would appeal more to kids who are really interested in superheroes and know more of the backstory. It was a really creative idea to write about the kids of superheroes that we already know and climate change, but I was too confused to really enjoy the story. Also, because of the violence, I would only recommend it for kids ten years or older.
|Author||Ridley Pearson • Ile Gonzalez, Illustrator|
|Page Count||160 pages|
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