FCBD 2014: Kids – Part 3: Teen Titans GO! / MegaManX-Sonic / Top Shelf Kids Club / Scratch9

There were quite a few comics targeted at younger readers this year.  I won’t hit all of the kid-centered ones but I’ll highlight 12 of what I thought were the best in 2 parts; the 1st 4 are in Part 1 here, the second 4 are in Part 2 here, and the final 4 are below!  As adult fans I think we often forget about kids and reading that is geared at bringing the younger readers into the fold as comic fans.  Fortunately there are a lot of publishers out there who are dedicated to putting out great comics geared at younger readers (that can often be enjoyed by adults as well!).  Get some of these comics for kids in your life, your kids or friends kids.  Make comic readers out of them, it’s never too early to start!


Teen Titans GO! #1 FCBD (DC)
Rating: 4.5/5 – Teen Titans Fun for all Ages.

by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

This is a reprint of the current Teen Titans GO! series from DC Kids that originally hit the stands in December 2013.  It’s a great comic (fun story by Sholly Fisch) and perfect for getting kids into comics.  Since it’s a reprint it’s directly focused at new readers instead of people who are already picking up DC’s kids line, which is not a bad thing.  This can be given to readers of any age that are looking for a fun read that’s kid friendly and not mired down in continuity but is more focused at fans of the cartoon series as opposed to the comics version of the Titans.

CREDIT: Archie Comics

Sonic Comic Origins and Mega Man X FCBD (Archie)
Rating: 4/5 – Sonic is a Wonder of the Kids Comic Genre.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a marvel.  One of the highest numbered series in comics at this point, issue #259 was released at the end of the April, and it’s a comic that many comic readers have probably never even seen on the rack at their comic shop.  But it’s doing good work and has been developing kids into comic readers since 1993!  The Sonic story in this issue was great, introducing characters and bringing new readers up to speed on the status quo in the Sonic universe.  The MegaMan X story was a bit less accessible for me and is a lead-in to a crossover “Dawn of the X” that is to be continued in Mega Man #37.

CREDIT: Top Shelf

Top Shelf Kids Club 2014 (Top Shelf)
Rating: 4/5 – Samples from 2 Longer Kid-Friendly OGNs.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

This comic gives readers a short taste of 2 OGNs from Top Shelf.  We start out with 16 pages from Maddy Kettle Book One: The Adventure of the ThimbleWitch, out this summer.  Maddy is a plucky 11 year old who is on a mission to save her parents who were turned into kangaroo rats by the ThimbleWitch.  Writer/Artist Eric Orchard does a great job here, the story flows nicely and the art exudes a charm that should capture the imagination of kids and adults alike.  The back half of the issue has 10 pages from The Monster on the Hill that I reviewed here last September.  This is another great all ages comedy/fantasy and rounds out the issue nicely.  This is a great sampler book to hand to anyone who is young at heart and a fan of whimsey.

CREDIT: Hermes Press

Scratch9 FCBD 2014 (Hermes)
Rating: 3/5 – Cats & Kids & Robots, Oh My!
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

Scratch9 is a cat that can summon his other 8 lives to help him out in various adventures.  This sample issue has 2 short Scratch9 stories (18.5 pages + 3 pin-ups) by creator Rob Worley that were fun, but fairly simplistic, I’m thinking that this series skews a bit more to younger readers.   On the flip side we got a 7 page story with “Run and Amuk” also created by Worley that I enjoyed a lot less than Scratch9.  It’s the story of a young boy who hooked up with a big monster and together they travel through time having adventures, they visit the great Chicago Fire in this story that felt like a jumble of stuff happening to me.  I’d recommend checking out Scratch9 if you have a young reader, especially one that likes cats.  Run & Amok, not so much.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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