A Review in Pictures and Few Words

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Thanks to the blogosphere, I had no trouble picking what to read for the Graphic Novels category of Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. Miss Marvel quickly conquered the hearts of our family.

  • A Muslim teenager as superhero: yay for diversity
  • Fully clothed and still kick-ass: love it
  • Strange fog in Jersey City: totally credible
  • “Embiggen” superpower (can enlarge body parts at will): might be cool superpower to have; plus, leads to creative use of new vocabulary among young readers (!)
  • Mutant crocodiles in the sewer: I knew it (they must be related to those alligators in NYC’s subway tunnels)
  • Typical teenager problems: very believable (but still no dogs allowed at our house)
  • Good deeds endanger friends: old moral dilemma, but good discussion opener

I’m looking forward to the next volume of Miss Marvel’s adventures. I have the first spot in the Holds line at the library (the sign of a pro!).



  1. I rarely read graphic novels (except to my kids), but this one does sound pretty cool. (I’m sure so many more of them are, too, if I would only just give them a try.) Do you find the pictures distracting?

    • I hardly ever read graphic novels either, and I had to ask a coworker to explain some of the superhero references to me. 🙂 But overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed looking at/reading these novels. I didn’t find the pictures distracting at all. I really liked that they didn’t glamorize anything. And so much of the story was told in the pictures that at times the words were only complimentary. That gave some of the statements so much more impact. My favorite was “Because when you decide not to be afraid, you can find friends in super unexpected places.” So true, and the giant dog in the next panel is indeed unexpected.

  2. How interesting! I haven’t read many graphic novels, but I have a few friends and a sibling who adore them. I’m always on the lookout for gifts for them. I’m going to add this one to my list. Thanks!

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