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 741.5973 BOLTON V.1
Characteristics: 145 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 19 x 26 cm
Alternative Title: Trial by fire


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Jan 08, 2015

This book is gr8!!!! I like it hao this book is a mix of action comedy horror roleplay western i would rate it 14A

JCLChrisK Dec 16, 2014

A great character/story that young readers will both relate to and fantasize about, drawn appealingly and told well.

Andrew is small for his age and picked on--or at least overlooked--by nearly everyone bigger, including the school bullies and his older brother. He dreams of having powers like Defender, the superhero he idolizes, so he could fight back. Then one day, out of the blue, a supervillain scheme goes wrong, leaving Defender dead and Andrew secretly given his powers.

Andrew suddenly has many new quandaries to face: Is he now responsible for fighting crime in Defender's place? But he can't really control his powers--his poor flying gets him the moniker "Smash," not to mention his fear of heights and vomit-inducing motion sickness--and doesn't know the first thing about dealing with criminals. And how can he keep his powers a secret? The temptation to use them on the bullies is overwhelming and, more importantly, the villain wants to find him to get back Defender's powers. And what about the police, which aren't too thrilled with his appearance, and the other heroes and villains that suddenly all want something from him?

Exciting, entertaining, and empathy-inducing.

Oct 22, 2014

Library Media Connection wrote:

"While SMASH started out as a web comic, its transition into the comic book format has been super….The character is full of pluck that is true to a ten-year-old’s spirit while keeping older readers entertained. Readers will cheer for him as he goes through his days. The illustrations are well-drawn in traditional superhero comic book style….This title is perfect for elementary and middle school boys, especially reluctant readers."

Feb 17, 2014

Fantastic adventure for comic lovers of all ages! Imagine Calvin and Hobbes crossed with Spider-Man... Yes, it's that great!

A definite must-read.

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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Jan 08, 2015

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Apr 11, 2014

chrisabolton thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 12


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