Column by Steve Bennett
Posted by Steve Bennett on April 28, 2021 @ 1:18 pm CT
It’s Kids Week again at ICv2, which is dedicated to a subject I’m always interested in exploring. Usually, you don’t think of the major comic book publishers doing a lot of comics intended for kids, but this year I found kid-friendly titles from DC, Marvel Comics, and IDW Publishing.
Back in January, I let it be known I had been a big fan of the Scooby-Doo Team-up and that I was looking forward to reading the upcoming Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries (see "Confessions Of A Comic Book Guy -- The Batman Who Smiles, Occasionally"). Well, we're two now two issues into the series and it's already proven itself a worthy successor to Team-Up. Like that comic, Mysteries is smart and loaded with comic book lore that will fly over the heads of its young readership, but they won't mind because it's entirely entertaining and presents an appealing version of Batman that kids will love. This comic carries an MSRP of $2.99.
I've long been a big fan of Gurihiru, the Japanese art team of Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano who pretty much specializes in comics suitable for kids. Even if you're not familiar with their work you'd probably instantly recognize their sunny signature style that mixes manga and American comic influences. They're best known for doing art for the titles The Unstoppable Wasp, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Superman Smashes the Klan, which won the 2020 Harvey Award for Best Children or Young Adult Book.
A couple of months ago I raved about the movie Godzilla Vs. Kong (see "Confessions Of A Comic Book Guy -- Battle Of The Titans"). One of the great things about it is, while it took its subject matter as seriously as it could, it never forgot that kids love monsters as well as adults and they would be reading this book. And while there have been plenty of Godzilla comics recently, there hasn’t been one specifically intended for kids since Marvel’s Godzilla, King of the Monsters by Doug Moench and Herb Trimpe which ran 24 issues between 1977 and 1979. Not that it was only for kids; I loved it too.
Confessions Of A Comic Book Guy -- Too Much Is Always Enough”). But I have to confess, I’ve only recently gotten around to reading the source material and have done so I’m now even a bigger fan.
There are currently six books in the series, Hilda and the Troll, Hilda and the Midnight Giant, Hilda and the Bird Parade, Hilda and the Black Hound, Hilda and the Stone Forest, and Hilda and the Mountain King. The conventional thing of course would be to begin at the beginning, but I think both kids and adults might be better served by starting with Hilda and the Stone Forest, For me, it’s the strongest entry in the series, and while it admittedly ends on a cliffhanger, it features such a solid story it’s hard to imagine anyone who after reading this volume wouldn’t want to read the others. This one is from Flying Eye Books, and it will retail for $10.99.
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