They tell me that I am an adult. At least, physically. Mentally? Well that’s totally up for debate. And this is never more plain than when I read a book like Sort of Super V02 The Magma Cup by Eric Gapstur.
I have read and reviewed volume one, and do recommend reading the first volume well, first as a lot of book two is a continuation from one, however, with a lot of new goodies as well. A quick summary of book one: Wyatt Flynn is in an accident at his fathers work, and is seemingly given superpowers because of it. Of course, he is 11 and well, impulsive, loveably, clueless, and reckless. He does what any 11-year-old would do (mess up), and his dad and sister, Adeline, try to reel him in. Of course, things are not that easy, but it works out (mostly) in the end. Both volumes are done in a humorous, goofy and fun story. In book two, Wyatt, his sister Adeline (who by the way we learn has a surprise of her own) and their friends Beto and Nara (who were told about Wyatt’s superpowers despite Dad’s reluctance to let their family secret get out), are going to a summer camp to see if they can find clues about Wyatt’s and Adeline’s missing mom. And to have fun under the shadow of a volcano that four years ago might have something to do with their mothers disappearance. We now have more supernatural and superhero things happening. We learn the power of friendship and that sometimes goofing up can be a superpower of its own.
There is a smidgen more of a fleshed out story in volume two and it has the more traditional superhero action along with more traditional “coming of age” / growing up pains. In other words ,it is a more familiar story (though kids getting superhero powers is also familiar, it’s just that Gapstur made it a little different this time around). Friendship and family (biological and found) themes are also slightly more explored. The ending is a tad more “deep” than the overall comedy feeling would make you think, but still it is fun, with boldly and brightly colored images that are bubbly, silly, and goofy, too. Reluctant readers will get into as much as a regular reader. If you are looking for a comparison illustrator, Jason Platt comes to mind.
Now, yes, I was getting into things like the average eight to young 12-year-old would. I laughed at parts and was surprised at others. As an adult there were a couple things that were coincidental and maybe not as solid or explained as much as they could have been, but your average reader will forgive any slight flowing bumps.