Supers: A Little Star Past Cassiopeia

tr. from French by Edward Gauvin. illus. by Dawid. 112p. Top Shelf. Jan. 2019. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781603094399.
Gr 4–7—Starting at a new school can be hard for anyone, but it's especially tough for Matt and his younger siblings, who are originally from space and have superpowers. Matt worries that if anyone discovers their abilities, or that they have no parents, they'll have to go into hiding again or "end up a lab rat." If that means Matt can't fight back when he's bullied, so be it. But when disaster strikes the city, their alien superpowers may be just the thing needed to save the day. Featuring heartfelt and realistic sibling relationships, school drama, and a fiery mystery, this story has wide appeal. The panels are neat and filled with warm and inviting colors and art. A French import, this first in a trilogy won the Youth Award from ACBD (French Association of Comics Critics). Readers will be left wanting more—here's hoping the publisher translates and releases the other titles soon.
VERDICT An enticing series start for graphic novel fans.

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