Super Sons: The PolarShield Project Paperback – 2 Apr 2019
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"Ridley Pearson knocks it out of the park with this supersonic tale." --Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series"Precocious, poignant, and powerful!... I hope you packed a lunch, because you're not gonna want to put this book down." --Joey Bragg, actor from the Disney Channel's Liv and Maddie "As the breathtaking action unfolds, the mysteries pile up--and there is danger on every page. My kind of story! I want to see more, more, MORE!" --R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps and Fear Street
About the Author
Ridley Pearson is the best-selling co-author (with Dave Barry) of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Escape from Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair. He is also the author of eighteen novels, including internationally best-selling series Kingdom Keepers, Cut and Run, and The Middle of Nowhere. The stage adaptation of Peter and the Starcatchers earned the most Tony nominations (9) of any play in history.
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The 142-page story (with extra features at the back) is, despite all that, still a very entertaining one, with slightly Japanese-influenced artwork, but not enough to not feel like an American story.
I’ll be ordering the next volume from my local library (from whence I got this one).
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The basic premise of the story is interesting (and sort of timely); however, this is not an item that connects believably to the DCU we know and love. Buy the book if you’re interested in end of the world/climate fiction, but don’t pick it up looking for anything familiar.
Unfortunately, I can't recommend this book. The art is amateurish and the coloring, in particular, is muddy and dull. I don't know if that's the fault of the colorist or maybe it's the paper it was printed on, but there's nothing fun or exciting about the art in this book, which is a pretty major drawback. Beyond that, the writing is poor. The author has written numerous books but I think this is his first comic-book script and it shows. The dialogue does not flow well at all and he isn't able to capture the characters' unique "voices." Writing comics is very different from writing novels - in terms of how to write a script and also in terms of the pacing - and Ridley Pearson hasn't quite got the transition yet.
All in all, this is not a very good book. If you're looking for something to get young kids interested in comics, I'd really recommend those early Ultimate Spider-Man trade paperbacks by Bendis and Bagley or the original Runaways trade paperback by Brian K. Vaughan. But Super Sons: The PolarShield Project just isn't very good and I don't think it's going excite young readers.
With Superman on a mission to Mars and Batman looking for answers on his own, the four youngsters team up to find out what's really going on with coastal flooding, the Polarshield Project (which will hopefully save the planet from environmental destruction), and a bizarre number of illnesses that seem to be tied to Sage Foods.
The kids face environmental enemies and their dark leader, Avryc, in an attempt to discover what's really going on in the city of Wyndemere and to find out if they can stop the bad guys without the help of Superman or Batman.
The story moves along at a very quick pace. It's so quick, in fact, that I had to go back and reread certain panels of the story. I'm sure that most younger readers (the book is aimed at 8-12 year olds) will have to do the same. Also, some of the panels are a bit confusing to follow at times.
The artwork by Ile Gonzalez if colorful but somehow subdued at the same time. The art is cleanly drawn and fits the age range that it is directed towards. Author Ridley Pearson does a decent job of allowing the story to flow as well, but the dialogue is definitely aimed at the lower end of the targeted age of the readers.
This book sets up the second volume with an explosive cliffhanger. I'm sure that many young readers will want to check out the next chapter of this story, but I also think that many of them might feel as if the writing is a tad too young for their reading level. That is why I'm giving this book three stars. It's a bit confusing at times and the writing could be just a little bit more intelligent.