Not a big list this week, but there is a little something for the younger readers, an audience publishers need to court more if they want to continue to grow. Both Marvel and DC release their younger versions of their icon heroes with issues of Super Hero Squad and Super Friends. Disney Press is looking to the future too with some new early readers. Check out the picks for information on that and more.
Archie & Friends #144, $2.99
Pals N Gals Double Digest #142, $3.99
Cars #6 (Cover A Allen Gladfelter), $2.99
Cars #6 (Cover B Allen Gladfelter), $2.99
Toy Story Volume 1 The Return Of Buzz Lightyear HC, $24.99
Uncle Scrooge #392 (Cover A Disney Europe & Andrew Dalhouse), $2.99
Uncle Scrooge #392 (Cover B Magic Eye Studios & Jake Myler), $2.99
Okimono Kimono HC, $12.99 ^^AA Pick^^
Super Friends #28, $2.50
Phineas & Ferb Early Comic Reader #1 (Nothing But Trouble), $4.99 ^^AA Pick^^
Phineas & Ferb Early Comic Reader #2 (The Chronicles Of Meap), $4.99
Super Hero Squad #6, $2.99
Super Hero Squad Super Stars Digest TP, $9.99
Super Heroes #3, $2.99
Bionicle Volume 9 The Fall Of Atero GN, $8.99
Phineas & Ferb Early Comic Reader #1 – Phineas & Ferb Early Comic Reader #1 – This new series from Disney Press is based on the popular cartoon on the Disney Channel and XD. Phineas and Ferb and best friends and step brothers, trying to make every day special while avoiding their sister Candace who is determined to expose their schemes to their mother . In this first issue, the boys turn a swimming pool into gelatin for lots of fun, but it gets hit by a ray from Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s newest device which is designed to turn every it hits evil. It’s up to them to stop the gelatin monster and save Candace. And then Agent P is forced to team up with Agent Double 00, who doesn’t have much respect for him. While Phineas and Ferb is marketed to boys, girls who enjoy the TV series will also enjoy the books. Elementary schools looking for titles to attract younger male readers will want to check this series out.
Okimono Kimono – CLAMP is a well-known group of manga creators, but they have other interests as well. Artist Mokona loves kimonos and shares her love in this illustrated book from Dark Horse. It’s filled with designs and drawings of tradition Japanese kimonos and kimono accessories. Also included are interviews (including Ami from Puffy Ami Yumi) and even some short manga stories! Kids interested in fashion and/or Japanese culture will find a lot to like in this book, as will fans of CLAMP’s work. This title would be most appropriate for older elementary and middle school students and up.