Review of Meet the Super Duper Seven

Meet the Super Duper Seven Meet the Super Duper Seven [I Like to Read: Comics]
by Tim Hamilton; illus. by the author
Primary    Holiday    40 pp.   g
7/22    978-0-8234-4910-1    $14.99
e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5304-7    $8.99

The Super Duper Seven includes Electro-Elephant (“I can charge your phones”), Hypno-Hippo (“I put bad guys to sleep”), and Hungry Kitty, who keeps eating the smaller team members. This creates an ongoing branding ­problem, as the Seven become Six and then Five, and the team has to keep buying new shirts. When the heroes run out of money and begin to have (understandable) difficulty recruiting new members, they must consider forming an alliance with a superhero they’d previously rejected. This mid-level beginning-reader comic is silly fun. The cycle of introducing and reintroducing the team allows for repetition that adds to the humor, especially useful with some of the more challenging phonetic feats (words like polka, quarter, and elephant). Hamilton draws with a thin, loose line, and his characters feature tiny eyes in giant heads, visually setting a playful tone. The panels are rich with detail, but the illustrations also clearly support the plot for less confident readers. With their somewhat-less-than-super powers—e.g., the hero of the story, Polka Don, can make things with string—this group has its origin in many a children’s grassroots club. Long may the Super Duper…Four reign!

From the July/August 2022 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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