Parents' Guide to

The Dysasters

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen superhero tale has potential but also some cliches.

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Fans of superhero stories will enjoy this newcomer to the genre, but a few shortcomings may keep it from winning new fans over. Gamma radiation, parental loss, a mad scientist, a touch of romance -- The Dysasters has plenty of classic superhero building blocks. But readers who find those elements more cliché than classic may have a hard time putting up with the trite dialogue and predictable storyline.

It's almost as if the story's being told in the wrong medium. It feels like it should be a graphic novel, or better still a movie. The illustrations are relatively few, in black and white, and fall a little flat, which may prevent fans of one genre or the other from crossing over. Still, it's great to see such an even distribution of racial representation on both the hero and villain sides. As we get to know the characters, they become more realistic and easy to relate to. There's still a lot of story yet to tell, and for fans to look forward to.

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