*Starred Review* The jokes fly faster than a speeding bullet in this introduction to the world’s greatest superhero family. Baltazar and Franco start off with a bang, working Superman’s powers, his costume, his cousins Supergirl and Superboy, and his job at the Daily Planet into the first four pages of the story—including a literal wink to the audience as Clark Kent explains why he and Superman are never in the same place at the same time. Iconic friends and foes make appearances, including Ma Kent, John Henry Irons, Lex Luthor, and Bizarro, all of whom help further the action and humor. The classic cartoon style of the artwork conveys the movement and emotions of the characters quickly and clearly, and the story’s fast pace helps bring new readers up to speed while not bogging down Superman fans with endless backstory. Adult readers will get a kick out of the clever homage to their favorite superhero, and kids will be powerless to resist the silly playfulness; colorful animated characters; and easy-to-follow, superpower-packed stories. A winning pick for kids and their Superman-loving parents. Grades K-3. --Eva Volin
About the Author
Born in Chicago, Art Baltazar found his way early to comic book art and has been cartooning ever since he can recall, self-publishing in 1994 with such titles as The Cray-Baby Adventures, Gyro-Man, Captain Camel & the Space Chicken, Jimmy Dydo, Lunar Lizard, Meteor Mite and the famous Patrick the Wolf Boy. Art has also drawn coloring books for Warner Bros. and has a monthly comic strip in Disney Adventures Magazine called Gorilla Gorilla! Art also created an autobiographical graphic novel called The Big Amoeba for Platinum Studios. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife, Rose, and children Sonny, Gordon, and Audrey.
Bronx, New York born writer and artist Franco Aureliani has been drawing comics since he could hold a crayon. Currently residing in upstate New York with his wife, Ivette and son, Nicolas, spends most of his days in his Batcave-like studio where he produces DC's TINY TITANS comics. In 1995, Franco founded Blindwolf Studios, an independent art studio where he and fellow creators can create children's comics. Franco is the creator, artist and writer of Weirdsville, L'il Creeps, and Eagle All Star, as well as the co-creator and writer of Patrick the Wolf Boy. When he's not writing and drawing, Franco also teaches high school art.