Tuesday 19 July 2011

Weekly Treats! Sidekicks

Having rather a lot of internet problems this week so forgive the truncated post as I'm never...sure...when it's going...to-

Not internet problems again!!

Anyway, there's a really nice all ages graphic novel out this week by Dan Stantat who painted the picture book - and in store favourite - Oh No! Or How My Science Project Destroyed The World (Hyperion). Sidekicks(Scholastic) focuses on the pets of Captain Amazing who, reaching middle age is beginning to struggle to cope on his own. Unbeknown to him his pet dog, hamster and chameleon have all developed powers and try the old superhero thing out for themselves with a view to becoming Captain Amazing's sidekick. It's a nice, fun uncomplicated play on Superheroes but without heavy doses of knowing winks and in-jokes aimed at older readers that let some similar titles down. Scholastic are making great inroads to cracking the all ages graphic novel market with titles such as this, Amulet and Bone which you can confidently put into the hands of young ones. See here for a review.

Comic of the week for me has to be Daredevil #1 just from the look of Paolo Rivera's artwork. Mark Waid has said he wants to start with something of a clean slate with the character so I hope Shadowland fans won't be too perturbed. All feels fresh.

 Also worth a look are War of the Green Lanterns Aftermath #1 (of 2), Uncanny X-Men #541 and Boys: Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker #1

There was a change to the solicitated titles shipping this week - most notably Walking Dead - so keep an eye on the Features Tab shipping list.

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