Traditional comic companies Marvel and DC dominate the list this week with not so traditional titles. DC’s Billy Batson and Tiny Titans, are like training wheels to get kids started on their books. Marvel’s Power Pack is sort of the same, with the Power Pack interacting with all of Marvel’s big names, like a tour of the Marvel Universe. The series also mirrors the MU by having the Power Pack also face some of the same menaces as in the Mainline books. It is an interesting strategy, and will be even more interesting if it translates into sales for the Teen and Older Teen books.
Betty & Veronica Spectacular #85, $2.25
Simpsons Comics #146, $2.99
DC COMICS/JOHNNY DC
Billy Batson And The Magic Of Shazam #2, $2.25
MAD Classics #23, $4.99
MAD Magazine #494, $4.99
Tiny Titans #8, $2.25
Marvel Adventures Avengers #28, $2.99
Marvel Adventures Two-In-One #15, $4.99
Power Pack TP Day One Digest, $7.99 ^^AA Pick^^
Skrulls Vs Power Pack #3 (of 4), $2.99
Into The Volcano HC, $18.99 ^^AA Pick^^
Power Pack TP Day One Digest – This is a trade paperback collecting the first four issues of Power Pack Year One. It tells the new origins of the Power Pack, four siblings with superpowers, giving them a new continuity in the MU. Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie Power were just ordinary kids. But in the span of twenty four hours they must escape aliens, learn to use their newly acquired powers, rescue their parents from an alien tyrant and save the Earth from total destruction. Power Pack is a good title for kids in general, as the main characters are the same age as the readers and easy to relate to. The art is animated looking without feeling cartoonish. There’s even a little bit of education in some of the side stories. Entertaining and educating, imagine that.
Into the Volcano HC – Into the Volcano is an action adventure graphic novel written and illustrated by Caldecott winner Don A. Wood. Sumno and Duffy Pugg are brothers who are suddenly sent off to help an Aunt they don’t even know on a volcanic island. They discover that their Aunt seems to be up to no good, and are sent on an expedition that sends them straight into an errupting volcano. They must hike through the volcano to escape, facing all kinds of dangers along the way. This is a title that will appeal to both boys and girls, and has a bit of a coming of age feel to it. The brothers must work together to escape the volcano, and in doing so go through a sort of role reversal.