Avengers: No More Bullying features several short stories that look at different aspects of bullying. Each story features one of Marvels most recently popular characters, Spiderman, The Avengers, and The Guardians of the Galaxy.
-In "Straight Shooter" the Avengers learn that words can be as damaging as a giant city crushing robot, and that everyone is important, super powers or not.
-The Guardians of The Galaxy star in "Quotient" as they step in to help when an Alien youth is torn between staying loyal to a friend or joining up with the "in crowd"
- In "Friends on the web" Spiderman comes to the rescue of a bullied youth and helps him to realize that "fighting fire with fire" is never a good way to deal with a bully.
My favorite part of the book is the last strip, it's called "Weird" which should bring a smile to the face of anyone who has ever felt like an outcast. There are also several fun activities throughout the book like draing pages and games.
If I had any complaint about the book it would be a small one, and it really didn't take away from the comic book or its purpose. The characters in the book in reflect what's happening currently in the comics, and in some cases are very different than kids may have seen in the Marvel movies and animated series. I think using the more classic, iconic versions would be more accessible to newer readers. I'm sure Marvel did this in hopes of getting non comic reading fans to check out a comic book and see why these characters look different, which from a marketing standpoint is smart.
Bullying of course is a very hot topic right now, and is something everyone has to deal with at various times in their life. A comic like this could be a good way to start a conversation with a child or reinforce what has already been discuss. I applaud Marvel for putting out a comic like this.
Avengers: No more bullying is available now in comic book shops and digitally.
I'd personally like to thank my friends at Comic Universe in Folsom PA for providing copies of "No More Bullying" to my Super Hero class this week. Check. Them out at comicuniverse.net