Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Phoenix Colossal Comics Collection: Volume One by Various – NOT RECOMMENDED

Various The Phoenix Colossal Comics Collection: Volume One by Various, 208 pages.  GRAPHIC NOVEL. Scholastic, 2018.  $15.
This is a collection of a variety of comics by different authors. The reader is cycled back to the continuation of a story a few times over the course of the book. Trail Blazers is the story of a group of friends who discover a master artificial intellect is taking over their worlds computer/power systems- they must take their space craft and discover what is going on. There are numerous Bunny vs Monkey stories as well as quite a few Doug Slugman PI, and Evil Emperor Penguin.
This book is quite a hodgepodge. I can’t image the same students who would like reading and could understand sci-fi Trail Blazers story–having the same affinity for Bunny vs Monkey –which is just slapdash and annoying to read. Same goes for age- half of this book is for 2-3rd graders and Trail Blazers is better for 4-6th. I would add a full graphic novel of Trail Blazers to my school library –but absolutely none of the others. They are just junk food comics. Oddly enough, the advanced copy I have has Trail Blazers on the cover –but the release cover does not –and I am wondering if they did pull it in order to create a more cohesive collection and allow it to shine on its own.  

EL (K-3), EL –NO Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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