All Ages Comics ^^ 4/16/08

Come on by here every week to see the current list of All Ages comics released for the week. I’ll include a few picks of titles I think are noteworthy. I’m finding there are a lot more comics branded for All Ages. The publishers just don’t make it easy for you to find them.

ARCHIE COMICS
Archie & Friends #118,$2.25
Archie Digest #243,$2.49
Sabrina Vol 2 #93,$2.25

CINEBOOK
Iznogoud GN Vol 01 Wicked Wiles Of Iznogoud,$11.95
Scared To Death GN Vol 01 Vampire From The Marshes,$11.95

DC COMICS/DC KIDS
Batman Strikes #44,$2.25
Legion Of Super Heroes In The 31st Century #13,$2.25
MAD Magazine #489,$4.99

IDW PUBLISHING
Doctor Who #3,$3.99 ^^AA Pick^^

MARVEL COMICS/MARVEL KIDS
Marvel Adventures Avengers #23,$2.99
Marvel Adventures Avengers TP Vol 05 Some Assembling Required Digest,$7.99
Marvel Adventures Two-In-One #10,$4.99

VIRGIN COMICS LLC
Econauts One Shot,$6.99 ^^AA Pick^^
Ramayan 3392 AD TP Vol 02 Reloaded (resolicited),$14.99

PICKS:
Doctor Who #3 – Based on the BBC science fiction series, this mini series follows original adventures of The Doctor, a mysterious time traveler, and his current companion Martha Jones. The stories in this series were written by current Story Editor for the TV series Gary Russell. The TV series is very kid friendly (the Sci-Fi Channel will begin showing the new series this Friday. And check out the Sarah Jane Adventures just before it. It’s great for kids too!) Each issue is a self contained story. This issue has the Doctor and Martha in the year 5 Billion on the planet New Savannah, home to the feline humanoid race known as the Catkind. I can’t recommend this title and it’s counterpart, Doctor Who Classics, enough! These are great reading for kids and adults!

Econaunts GN – Just in time for Earth Day and printed on recycled paper, this title is all about gifted kids using their abilities to protect the world. Classmates at Tony Sawhill Academy and led by the mysterious orphaned Aynara Ashworth, these multi-cultural kids start their adventures fighting a corrupt corporation in South America. Being “green” is popular right now, and the description seems to tackle the issues with kids intelligently and not with some dorky “superhero” to help them.

Highlights from Previous weeks:

4/9/08
BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS

Blackbeard Legacy #2 (of 4), $3.99 – You may have noticed that in the April Previews #4 of this series was solicited, but only #2 has come out. Bluewater has been slow with their shipping. I’ve noticed this with all the books I’ve ordered from the publisher. So, you still got plenty of time to get into this series! Hanna continues her quest to find her father, Blackbeard and for the treasure promised by the sole survivor
of a shipwreck.

MARVEL COMICS

Avengers Fairy Tales #2 (of 4), $2.99 – This is the third series of fairy tales that Marvel has done with it’s characters. The X-men and Spiderman has already completed their runs. I read the X-men series, and it turned out to be well done, though the stories take on more meaning if you know the characters. This issue takes on the story of Pinocchio, featuring the Vision as a robot that wants to be a real boy and the Scarlet Fairy that says it can happen.

4/2/08

Manga Mom recommends:

Viz Media

Dragon Drive TP Vol 07, $7.99 – My oldest daughter absolutely swears by this series. Of course, the fact that it combines dragons and video games is a deadly combo for her. It’s the first manga series I’ve been able to get her interested in. It’s also excellent for all ages, as I’ve also been reading it. Follow Reiji and his partner dragon Chibi, along with his friends as they get sent to a world where their computer dragons become real, and they become involved in a struggle to save this and their world.

Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Adventure GN Vol 01, $7.99 – Even after 10 years, this series still has the power to suck in children and hold them tight. Both my daughters are obsessed with it at the moment. This volume, which features the pokemon from the GBA games Diamond and Pearl, follows Hareta, a boy that was raised in the wild by pokemon. He decides to become a pokemon trainer, and with Professor Rowan and his assistant Mitsumi, goes in search of the Legendary Pokemon, Dialga. I really wish Viz would put a little more time and effort into their Viz Kids line, and make these Pokemon adventures more accessible. I found more information on this title on Amazon.com than on Viz’s own site.

4 Responses to “All Ages Comics ^^ 4/16/08”

  1. Do you have any recommendations for comics that are appropriate to read to 3 year olds? I’m particularly interested in comics that don’t have much (or any) violence.

    Comics Shop News recently recommended Tiny Titans as a “low-violence, problem-solving sort of storytelling” that I thought might be good. Do you have any experience with this title?

    Thanks!

  2. Toon Books just published 3 books in mid-April that Sandy might enjoy reading with 3-year-olds. Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons is the easiest of the 3, as young Lilly enjoys seasonal activities. Benny and Penny in Just Pretend looks more like a Frances book (remember Bread and Jam for Frances and other books in that series?) – Benny does not want to play with younger sister Penny. Otto’s Orange Day has a more sophisticated vocabulary but I think can still be read aloud to younger kids; Otto finds a genie and wishes everything would be orange, his favorite color.

    And Sandy might want to consider some of the collections of old comics such as Little Lulu, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Richie Rich (all from Dark Horse). Little Lulu has been popular with younger readers in my school library. I loved all those old Harvey Comics when I was a little kid!

  3. Thanks Kat Kan! I loved the Frances books when I was little, so I’ll certainly look for Benny and Penny.

  4. Sorry I took so long to reply. RL, and I want to check some things. My kids are 9 & 11, and there was even less when they were three than there is now. Other than what’s been mentioned so far. The only things I can add that might interest a 3 year are from Johnny DC Superfriends. The comic is based on the toys available. From Marvel, there’s Franklin Richards, the son of Reed and Sue of the Fantastic Four and is drawn in the style of Calvin & Hobbes. And if you want to keep going old school, Gemstone puts out the old Disney comics with Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Scrooge McDuck.

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