Reviews for DC Super Heroes Storybook Collection


Booklist Reviews 2012 September #2
Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman--the holy trinity of the superhero pantheon--star in eight stories collected from recently released picture books and told in prose with large panel or full-page illustrations and utilizing few sequential art techniques. The art, provided by a team of artists who surprisingly go uncredited, runs the range from merely functional to enjoyably animated, but conforms across the board to the current comic book sleek and streamlined style, although none of it provides the stylish flourishes of Ralph Cosentino's retro picture-book origin stories of the same three characters. The stories themselves are action heavy and feature the heroes both teaming up and fighting individually (though, notably, Wonder Woman does not seem to rate a solo story here) against familiar villains like Darkseid, Catwoman, and the Joker. There is little pedagogical or literacy-development value here, but it is a good hefty package of superhero action for young readers eager for new ways to catch up with popular characters. Includes profiles of the heroes, villains, and supporting characters. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin--along with their usual foes--are featured in this collection of eight flatly rendered stories aimed at a young audience. Good triumphs over evil without fail in these comic-book adventures, which may whet readers' appetites for more nuanced fair.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 January

PreS-Gr 4--This colorful collection features adventures, battles, and more, starring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. These figures are the most widely recognized and, arguably, the most powerful in the DC universe. Many well-known villains are also featured, including Catwoman, The Joker, and Lex Luthor. However, all evil plans are thwarted and justice is served by our heroes, who work together well. Not quite a picture book and not exactly a graphic novel, this volume has an opening section about the heroes and their abilities, their allies, and, of course, their nemeses. It is not for fans who already know the Big Three, but instead is a great introduction to who they are and what they stand for. The full-color artwork has a comic-book feel. Action-filled stories of struggles with the bad guys are clearly written and the problems are quickly solved. Plenty of fantastically cheesy lines that will make children groan at times make this a fun read for brand-new superhero lovers. It's a great way to guide students to graphic novels.--Mariella Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL

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