Book One, Trial by Fire

Book - 2013
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Whap! Thud! Crash! An action-packed graphic novel simultaneously spoofs and pays tribute to superhero lore while inspiring a new generation of crimefighters. Ka-boom! Clobbered by fallout from a blast that kills the local superhero, Defender, Andrew Ryan suddenly has super strength and speed! And he can fly! Now it's up to him to protect citizens from thieves, thugs, and fearsome villains. He dons a homemade costume to hide his true identity, and Smash is born! But fighting crime isn't easy, especially when you're in fifth grade. On top of evil robots and trigger-happy bank robbers, there's homework, curfew, and the school bully to deal with. Not to mention the Magus, a fearsome villain who will stop at nothing to steal Smash's superpowers for himself! Influenced by film, cartoons, and of course, classic comic books, this vivid escapade features a rib-tickling, high-energy storyline and the colorful, exaggerated figures of nostalgic comic-book art: a combo perfect for kids longing for a secret identity of their own.
Publisher: [Somerville, Mass.] : Candlewick Press, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763655969
Branch Call Number: J GN SMASH BOLTON V.1
Characteristics: 145 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 19 x 26 cm
Alternative Title: Trial by fire


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Jan 08, 2014

Boy has powers of a superhero transfered to him when a villian's attempt to steal said powers goes wrong. Ends on a cliff hanger so there will be follow up. It was hard to tell at first if the superhero was real or a television character. Has potential for being a strong series.


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