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Intermediate Book List

All the books in this list have been read by either Jenn (proprietor of Comics in the Classroom), or one of her staff. They are certified to be appropriate for the elementary age group and have been chosen for their benefit to classrooms and libraries.

Some books on the Intermediate List are also available on the Elementary and Secondary Lists. This is because we feel these books have a wide-ranging appeal.

All books will be reduced by 25% at time of ordering.


image not available Invincible

Volumes: 4; ongoing
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Illustrated by: Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley
Genre: Superhero
Colour
Softcover
SRP: Vol.1-3 15.00, Vol.4 16.00

Synopsis: Mark Grayson seems to be just like any other teenager. However, his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. As if it wasn't hard enough to keep that secret, Mark starts developing powers of his own, and takes on the superhero persona of Invincible. Now he has to conceal his own superhero identity from his classmates, his friends, even his girlfriend. Things get even more complicated when his father suddenly reveals he is a super-villain, Mark finds himself working for the government, and a girl on his superhero team reveals feelings for him. This is a refreshing addition to the superhero genre, with real characters, with problems, that although fantastical, seem real nonetheless.
Note: We only recommend the first 4 volumes for schools, as the content becomes darker and more mature as the series progresses.

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image not available Magic Pickle

Written and Illustrated by: Scott Morse
Genre: Superhero
Softcover, digest-sized
Graphic Novel - Volumes: 1; complete; colour
SRP: 10.99
Illustrated Novel - Volumes: 2; complete; black-and-white
SRP: 6.99 each

Synopsis: Everything was quite normal in the life of Jo Jo Wigman, until she discovered a secret government lab under the floor of her bedroom, and its mysterious inhabitant, the Magic Pickle. His job is to rid the planet of the Brotherhood of Evil Produce who are bent on world domination. What began as a parody of the X-Men has developed into an endearing and humorous series of books perfect for kids of any age.

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image not available Mighty Skullboy Army

Volumes: 2; ongoing (characters also appear in "G-Man vol.1")
Written and Illustrated by: Jacob Chabot
Genre: Humour
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 12.00

Synopsis: Skullboy is an elementary student who is bent on world domination. He continuously attempts to accomplish this with the questionable help of his sidekicks, a robot and a monkey, who seem to do more harm than good. He also struggles to avoid Booger Ralph who annoys him, and Brutus who bullies him. This hilarious series of stories will appeal to all ages.

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image not available Runaways

Volumes: 10; ongoing
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan, Joss Whedon, Terry Moore, Kathryn Immonen Canadian!
Illustrated by: Adrian Alphona Canadian!, Takeshi Miyazawa Canadian!, Michael Ryan, Humberto Ramos, and Sara Pichelli
Genre: Superhero
Colour
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 9.00 each

Synopsis: Runaways is about a group of teenagers who suddenly, and very accidentally, found out that their parents are actually a team of super-villains called The Pride. With newly-discovered powers, and a dinosaur sidekick, they decide to escape their parents' evil influence, and go on the road, as runaways. Each character is well-developed, with complexities that make working as a team sometimes difficult. Characters deal with their own baggage, the fact that their parents are super-villains, and learning to work as a team. As the series develops, so do the characters; they mature, develop new interests and issues, and develop relationships like real teenagers.
Also by Takeshi Miyazawa:Sidekicks: The Transfer Student

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image not available Sidekicks: The Transfer Student

Volumes: 1; complete
Written by: J. Torres Canadian!
Illustrated by: Takeshi Miyazawa Canadian!
Genre: Superhero
Black-and-white
Softcover, digest-sized
SRP: 14.00

Synopsis: Terry Highland, daughter of an ex-superhero sidekick, has her own powers, and attends the Shuster Academy, a school for superhero sidekicks. However, to do well at the school, the students are not allowed to use their powers. This becomes difficult when three new vigilantes appear.
Also by this author: Love as a Foreign Language
Also by this illustrator: Runaways

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image not availableUltimate Fantastic Four

Volumes: 11; complete
Written and Illustrated by: various
Genre: Superhero
Colour
Softcover
SRP: 13.75-18.00 each

Synopsis: Ultimate Fantastic Four is one of the three titles in the "Ultimate" line that we suggest in the Comics in the Classroom program. These books take familiar characters and teams from the Marvel universe and re-launch them for new readers. Each series starts at the very beginning of the team. Ultimate Fantastic Four, therefore, begins with the accident that turns the team into the Fantastic Four. By volume 2, they still haven't adopted the name "Fantastic Four", and are still trying to figure out their new powers. Fantastic Four is, in general, a science driven series. It is through science that the team is transformed, and it is through science that Reed Richards, leader of the team, views the world and tries to solve problems. The team also includes a strong female figure, a headstrong teenage character, Human Torch, and the temperamental Thing, who struggles to fit into society in his new skin. The variety within the characters will interest a wide audience, and the fact that the series starts off from the beginning means that new readers do not have to wade through decades of continuity to know what is going on.
Schools may wish to avoid volume 5, which deals wholly with zombies. Ongoing series.

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image not available Ultimate Spiderman

Volumes: 22; ongoing
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrated by: Marc Bagley, Stuart Immonen Canadian!, and David LaFuente
Genre: Superhero
Colour
Softcover
SRP: 14-26 per volume, inquire for individual pricing

Synopsis: Peter Parker was an ordinary teenager, picked on by bullies, in love with the most popular girl at school, and struggling to find his identity. But then, bitten by a radioactive spider, he takes on an even more challenging identity, as Spider-Man, crime-fighting superhero. This series takes the reader from the beginning of the story, from before Peter Parker became Spider-Man. It focuses heavily on the realities of being Peter, and his struggles to fit in, both as a superhero, and a teenager.

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image not available Ultimate X-Men

Volumes: 19; complete
Written and Illustrated by: various
Genre: Superhero
Colour
Softcover
SRP: 10-20 each, inquire for individual pricing

Synopsis: Ultimate X-Men is another in the Ultimate series, in which the story of the X-Men starts from the beginning, presuming its readers do not know anything about the characters. The X-Men are a super-team of mutants, regular people, who through a 'mutant gene' have developed super powers. The stories of the X-Men series deal with the fact that these changes make them outsiders, and often persecuted outsiders. Professor X, a mutant with strong psychic ability, has founded a school to train youngsters with the mutant gene, and teach them how to give back to society by fighting injustice and crime. In the meantime, he works as an ambassador to convince the rest of the world that mutants are not evil, and should be accepted into society. This makes the series a good social commentary about prejudice and racism, well-hidden in dynamic plotlines, and fast-paced action.

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