Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5
Genre: superhero comic
What did you like about the book? Mr. Invincible, billed as “the one and only true comic book superhero,” has a unique way of solving problems and saving the day: moving through time and space by crossing through the panel walls of his comic! He might climb from one panel to another to retrieve an item or to arrive on the scene faster, or he might throw an object into another panel to thwart a villain. This clever device provides a great deal of humor, such as when Mr. I. hits himself in the head with a paper airplane thrown from 8 panels away, or drops the head of a snowman onto the shoulders of his town’s bumbling mayor.
This comic compendium is made up of many single page, 16 panel vignettes showing Mr. Invincible using ‘the magic of comics’ to stop a crime or save a kitten, interspersed with longer stories that have continuing plotlines involving the evil mastermind Mad Scientist or the Jester (who can cross through pages). Aided by his police captain friend Jean-Pierre, and his young protégé, superhero-in-training 2D Boy, Mr. Invincible always seems to save the day. Upper elementary comic fans will enjoy the slapstick humor and the mild cartoon violence, and the idea of an everyman having superpowers. The storylines can get a little confusing, as the reader needs to bounce back and forth (or up and down or even diagonally!) between the panels to keep up with Mr. Invincible, but it’s all in good fun. Classic comic illustration style, using a fairly neutral color scheme, makes the book a bit easier to navigate.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Averaging 10-16 busy panels per page, with LOTS of dialog, readers will likely find this a bit of a challenge to follow.
To whom would you recommend this book? I think most upper elementary comic fans will be willing to give this a try!
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? 741.5
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Leigh King, Lincoln St. Elementary School, Northborough, Mass.
Date of review: 5/14/2020