Tuesday, February 21, 2017

GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES: Secret Hero Society by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen


ABOUT THE BOOK

Being the new kid at school is tough, especially when your school is called Ducard Academy and your name is Bruce Wayne. There's a gang of jokers roaming the halls, a muscle-headed kid named Bane wants to beat you up, and your guidance counselor Hugo Strange seems really, well, strange.

This inventive novel follows young Bruce Wayne and his friends Clark (Superman) and Diana (Wonder Woman) as they start a Junior Detective Agency to investigate their teachers and find out what's going on behind closed doors at Ducard Academy, all before recess.

This all-new story presents a twist on the idea of junior sleuths, using comics, journal entries, and doodles to reimagine Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman as three students in the same school. They'll try their best to solve their case, but just because you're faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, it doesn't mean you get to stay up past eleven.


REVIEW

With the incredible ongoing popularity of superheroes, a series like this one is bound to be popular.  I myself enjoyed reading about the antics of a young Bruce Wayne and his newly found friends, Clark Kent, and Diana Prince.  As a graphic novel, the book makes for a pretty quick read.  Bruce Wayne tells his story through instant messages, diary entries, school reports, broken up with graphic novel panels.  Bruce, Clark, and Diana are investigating the strange happenings at their new school, but they have to do it without revealing all their own secrets.  For young superhero fans who aren't ready for the confusing world of comics with their numerous different story lines, this book makes for a great precurser.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Clark Kent is thrilled when he receives an invite to a spring break academic retreat. After taking down the villains of Ducard Academy the previous year, going back to life on the farm was a bit dull. Better yet, his friends Bruce and Diana have been invited there, too! What better way to spend spring break than with old friends (Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) and new ones like Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Barry Allen (the Flash), and Vic Stone (Cyborg)?

When Clark arrives at Camp Evergreen he makes new friends, reconnects with old ones, and nothing seems weird at all! Well, that is until kids start disappearing... One by one... Plus, there's a lake monster, bigfoot has been spotted, there are reports of a boogeyman, and there may or may not be a UFO crashed into the lake. Clark, Bruce, and Diana will have to re-assemble the Junior Detective - er- Criminal Investigation Unit, in an all-new, supernatural adventure!


REVIEW

In this second book of the Secret Hero Society series, Clark Kent meets up with his friends Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) and Bruce Wayne (Batman) at summer camp.  Through the use of journal entries, camp schedules, and comic panels, Clark tells the story of his adventures at a rather unusual summer camp.  Naturally he and his pals have to investigate to figure out why so many kids are disappearing.  It's kind of fun to see all the different superheros and villains before they've completed their transformations. While the book is all black and white, the pages are broken up by the variety of different illustrations, which I particularly enjoy.  This is a fun series for young readers who are obsessed with the superhero world but who aren't ready for the older fare.

2 comments:

  1. Superheroes seem to be hugely popular right now. My kids love them and I bet they'd love these books. They sound great. Glad you liked them!

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  2. I especially love the cover for Study Hall of Justice. Facing out, that book would fly off the shelves.

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