A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The focus is more on laughs than learning, but the history of comics is referred to throughout, and the more you know about that, the more jokes you'll get.
Teamwork can help you defeat your enemies. You can't always be the hero; working together makes you stronger.
Positive Role Models
The kids work together to keep monsters at bay. They aren't always successful, but they give their missions their best shots. Each character models different strengths -- humor, courage, smarts, etc.
The kids are a mix of ethnicities. Boy Lightning and the Aloner are White, Doc Baker presents as Black, and Moonstar has light brown skin and may be Latina.
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Violence & Scariness
Mayhem ranges from face slaps ("Stop hitting yourself!") to swinging oversized axes to behead monsters to explosions that shatter Z-Man's statue and surrounding real estate; no one is badly injured and violence is cartoonish (not especially graphic or gory).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Comics on Earth is a graphic novel spin-off of the popular Last Kids on Earth series -- and a satire of late-20th-century comic books. Written by authors Max Brallier and Josua Pruett, with illustrations by Jay Cooper and Douglas Holgate, the story has last kids Jack, Quint, June, and Dirk writing and drawing their own comic in which four diverse, young heroes battle old foes. Expect lots of laughs, but also plenty of cartoonish violence, including explosions, slaps, and monster beheadings. There's no sex, swearing, drinking, or smoking.
Is It Any Good?
Comics have always made fun of themselves, and this sci-fi satire packs the laughs as high as they'll go. Author Max Brallier and crew know their subject intimately, and every page brims with call-outs to veterans such as Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. But fans of the book series and TV show, and even kids unfamiliar with the comic book genre will enjoy this book. No joke is too silly, no character trait too weird, to escape the attention of these absurd jokesters.
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