I have been interested in this graphic novel for awhile now, but never got around to it. Mostly because it was a book one. And now I wish I had not read it. Not because it is bad. In fact, just the opposite and I am unable to locate any edition after in English. Thanks a lot Frederic Maupome!
Supers (Book One): A Little Star Past Cassiopeia is a comfortable story. It is familiar but not necessarily done before. Matt is starting a new school this year. He sticks out not just because he drops things, the bully finds him, but because there is just something different about him. And you learn that there is something different about his siblings at the end of the first day of school: when their sister says that Benji tried to open a door and broke it in two. Now the principal wants to see their parents. Matt, while not physically going pale, vocally does. Now usually this would not be an issue or seen as a joke right away. But you see Matt, Lily and Benji are not just new to the neighborhood. They are kinda new to the whole planet.
As young children, their parents left them on Earth. Now, with the help of AI (a robot) they are trying to fit into the neighborhood. They are trying not to be seen by neighbors as Lily flies up to the top shelves, or Benji lifts heavy bags of canned ravioli like it was a feather. Or what happens when Matt gets angry with the tornado swirly the furniture. This graphic novel for ages 10 up (some younger could handle as well) is a fun story about fitting in, making friends, doing bad things for the right reason and saving people from burning buildings.
Dawid’s illustrations are a combination of cartoon and realism. The characters re defined, but “goofy” in a fun way. The colors compliment the story and help with moving the story along. Format changes do show the flashbacks vs. now in an obvious way. They help keep the seriousness humorous but do not take away from the action.