Origin stories have been continually highlighted in media thanks to the constant calls for reboots, introductory films for every character and need for every company to join the superhero arms race. Audiences are so used to the formula that they’re beginning to demand an answer to the question: what happens next? For Supered-Up Monster Kids, we have issue two tackle this question with grace and most importantly, fun.
Issue two sees our squad proactively seeking out adventure with their newfound abilities. Realistically, it’s what any group of children would want to do. They also learn a valuable lesson though about acting on baser impulses. Writer Kevin M. Glover balances the themes of growing and exploring in a way that feels natural and important. Children love to see a Scooby-Doo Mystery with a bit of action thrown in, but when they can take something worthwhile out of reading, the experience is all the sweeter.
Our characters continue with their consistent themes whether they are comic relief, resourcefulness, etc. Each child has a part to play in the narrative and this also plays out well in how they’ve learned to use teamwork. The budding strategists work together with their abilities to emphasize that their best solutions are found through communication.
Speaking of communication, finding non-violent alternatives to their altercations is a big plus. Certainly parents would agree. Even finding it within themselves to humbly acknowledge their faults and offer to help those they may have originally feared shows us exactly what makes these children heroes.
The art by Mohamed Fouad has more sequences of motion than our first encounter and this makes the issue a real treat for anyone who was left hoping for more fluid action. Even when in danger, the kids never fail to be expressive and even joyful in the way only children-at-heart can be. Fouad proves that he’s the ideal candidate for continuing to bring these adventures to life.
Head-first plot approach
Consistent character work
Vital lessons for children
Expressive, action-packed art
Decidedly less all-ages and more for youngsters
No real allusions to any greater plot progression