So this week is a review post!
I recently got sent a couple of really cool comic books to review, and I’m excited to share them with you! They are the “Captain Sun” comics, and as a former comic book geek and current mom of a superhero obsessed son, I can highly recommend them.
First, my boy. While I love superheroes and comics in general, they can get scary, and with my four-year-old, that can translate into sleepless nights. Images stick. Also, he can get as fixated on the commercial image of Batman as my girls can on Disney Princesses. Second, as a mom of four girls, females portrayed in comic books aren’t known for having normal bodies or modest attire.
Enter Captain Sun, the books do have dangerous circumstances in them, but the second book is all about dealing with fear. The lesson bits are done as outtakes at the end of each chapter, which I was wondering if my kids would get anything out of, attention-span-wise. However, after we read the book, my daughter was singing songs in the car as it got dark about not being afraid. Win.
After reading the first book, my son brought me a cape and an assortment of other superhero dress up things and I asked, “Oh, are you going to be Batman?” “No.”, he replied. “I’m a new hero. If he can make up a new guy, then I can make one up too.” Referring to Bryce Morgan, creator of the Captain Sun series.
The female member of Captain Sun’s team “Fog” (who my girls inform me is “awesome”) is not over-done, and I would love to see more of her in the series. The female reporter in the second book has a normal figure and wears a pair of pants and a turtleneck.
So these books taught my kids about dealing with fear, inspired them to be more creative, and had positive female characters. They also gave us a fun way to share comics together, while learning important lessons. I would fully recommend Captain Sun to everyone and look forward to seeing more of them!