Why did I read them: I love superheroes, particularly those hailing from the House of Ideas (aka Marvel) and that includes the Avengers.
Review: With simple sentences and vibrant artwork, both books do a great job sharing older storylines with kids who won’t be ready to read them for awhile. Or kids who might never read them, but love reading about good guys being good and bad guys being devious.
For adult readers, the appeal is a bit different, I suppose… But who doesn’t love the straightforward, inspirational charm of a well-crafted picture book that ties into a beloved series of comics? I can easily see these books becoming a favorite read at storytimes and maybe they will encourage parents who are still on the fence about them to see the value/merit in letting kids become friends with these characters at a young age. I loved the importance of teamwork and friendship. I loved Namor and Loki getting some attention even if it was bad guys.* And I loved the art so, so much.
In conclusion, perfection. I can’t think of much else to say outside of these books are awesome. Both are ones that go straight to the top of my list of must-have titles for the day when I have kids in my life on a regular basis. I do have to admit that they make me sad too, but only because they make me feel so nostalgic for older comic books that weren’t about people being horrible to one another while wearing spandex.
[I also cannot wait to also get my hands on the origin picture books for the X-men, Spider-man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. And I will also be pining like crazy for the forthcoming titles for Wolverine (November 2012) and the Fantastic Four (August 2012).]
How I would rate them: 5 out of 5 stars.
* Loki’s bad news, but honestly Namor’s just misunderstood. And really gloomy for a guy with winged feet.