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Preview: Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #2

Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors, by Mark Andrew Smith, Armand Villavert, and Carlos Carrasco, is an action/comedy story set in a school for aspiring supervillains.

The first issue came out last month from Image Comics, and Mark tells me that it has sold out; you can check out a preview at Comic Book Resources, and the full issue is available (for $1.99) digitally via comiXology, which has apps for the iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, and Android, as well as a web-based app for reading on the computer. Here’s a review by Greg McElhatton that sums up the comic pretty well.

The preview below, from issue #2, shows the kids watching a battle between a superhero and a supervillain; if you read the first issue, you’ll know there’s a bit more to it than meets the eye, and there’s a hint at the end as well. Then the scene shifts to some characters we haven’t seen before in the comic. Part of the idea is that the school for supervillains is a bit of a hothouse, where the students are sheltered from reality; that last bit is reality breaking through.

Issue #2 is due out in comics shops on June 15.

Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.


  1. manuel bracchi says:

    Awesome stuff! Great structure, composition and style!


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