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The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Batman's future sidekick soars in early adventure.

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It can be illuminating to see a young superhero-in-the-making discover his powers, and this early adventure of a comics favorite presents intriguing action and character revelation. Written by Michael Moreci and illustrated by Sas Milledge, The Lost Carnival presents its protagonist in an interesting new light, just beginning to master the powers he will later need to survive as Batman's teen sidekick. The trouble is, Dick is kind of a jerk -- impulsive, stubborn, needy, controlling. In the end, he comes through for his friends and parents, implying that he will eventually achieve Boy Wonder status. The fantasy plot doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but the narrative moves with enough energy to obscure its implausibility.

Milledge captures the tawdry flash of the carnival setting, choreographs elaborate action episodes, and designs expressive characters. This is not the best of the recent YA graphic novels from DC, but Batman and Teen Titans fans will likely enjoy its retro ambience.

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