Superman: The Planet Collector

planetcollectorWritten by Laurie Sutton, Illustrated by Luciano Vecchio

Fans of DC Comics will enjoy Superman’s latest adventure to save Metropolis. In this story he meets up with Brainiac and a threat from outer space. It is a good story line for young readers. Instead of being all comic book this book has more writing than comics. Each of this type of chapter book has 12 pages of drawings. It is nice how the story moves from writing to the drawing panels with writing occasionally throughout the book. It would be nice if that happened more often in my opinion. Hopefully readers of comic books will enjoy moving to chapter books and reading more by reading this type of comic chapter book. The story was okay. Superman looks like he went Manga/Animae for this book. It’s not his best look in my opinion, but it is a popular one.

The book has some nice features other than just the comics and onomatopoetic words being printed larger than the other words throughout the book. There are some visual questions, a glossary, sketches and final art pages, and biographies of the author and illustrator in the back of the book. The visual questions are very well done.

This type of book will be very popular with a certain set of readers. It’s nice that this type of comic chapter book exists.

Review by Cheryl Baker, Teacher, Mill Creek Elementary
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Superman: The Planet Collector
Written by Laurie Sutton, Illustrated by Luciano Vecchio
Stone Arch Books
88 pages
Release Date: July 1, 2014
ISBN: 9781434291370 (hardcover)

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