Welcome to Graphic Novel Week
This week KLR will showcase some of the best in Children’s Graphic Novels
Who has some of the best CGN? Papercutz Graphic Novels. When a company publishes one genre, they are bound to be on top. The PINNACLE is New York Times Best-Seller list, which rarely list children’s graphic novels. Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu™ is a New York Times Best-Seller!
Mask of the Sensei, volume 2 shot to the top of the New York Times Paperback Graphic Book Best Seller list immediately upon release last week. Rise of the Serpentine, volume 3, also shot to the to upon its release. Lego Ninjago was not only a hit on television and toy store shelves, this series of eight books—once volumes 7 and 8 release later this year—sell out . . . fast!
From Website: The world of Ninjago is in peril, and only the Masters of Spinjitzu™ can save it! Join Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane, Nia, Lloyd and Sensei Wu as they battle Samukai and the Skeleton Warriors, the venomous Fangpyre, Lord Garmadon and more. This series of all-new adventures is jam-packed with humor, suspense, and high-kicking action!
Short Review: This is the first time I have read a Lego Ninjago graphic novel. I enjoyed it more than I expected. Young boys will cringe to hear me say this, but I thought the Masters were cute. The expressions on their nose-less faces filled with emotions from joy as they laughed with fatal determination when attacking their foes. The headgear they wear sets off their eyes and eyebrows, drawing your attention right to them.
Each book in this series can stand-alone. The stories have humor, another unexpected, yet pleasant surprise. Each graphic novel blasts vibrant color from edge-to-edge. Fight scenes, regardless of foe, are detailed, yet not gruesome. Each scene highlights the young Masters’ determination to defeat evil in all its ugly forms. The world of Ninjago depends on these four boys to remain peaceful and serene.
Boys are going to flip over this series. The characters are compelling, the action is detailed and logical, the enemy is awesome in an evil sort of way, and the Masters and Master Sensei Wu are the kind of heroes’ young boys should admire. They are tough, resolved, happy, and good.
Girls may not enjoy the Masters of Spinjitzu, though this one did. The humor grabbed me from the start, as it will others. For reluctant readers, especially boys, this series is an excellent introduce to the joys of reading and the worlds that can be experience, while remaining safely outside the pages.
What better why to start this first Graphic Novel Week, than with one of, if not the, best graphic novel series for kids:
Let’s go through each volume of this great series for comic book kids, and anyone else who simply love the genre and the illustrations. Lego Ninjago was the first graphic novel I reviewed for Papercutz. Honestly, I am not a comic book gal, nor was I interested in changing. I changed. Not only do I like this series, but I have enjoyed every Papercutz’s children’s graphic novel received. Who knew? Not I.
The Challenge of Samukai!
Volume 1 started this phenomenon when released on November 8, 2011. Like each Lego Ninjago book, it has 64 fun-filled pages, colored from edge-to-edge by artist Paulo Henrique. Currently, the series is available in hardcover and paperback.
Author Greg Farshtey begins after Master Sensei Wu trains his four warriors. Now Masters of Spinjitzu, Cole, Zane, Jay, and Kai are charged with defending the world of Ninjago from the dark forces of the Underworld. Lord Garmadon is possessed with defeating Mater Sensei and his four warriors when Samukai boasts to the evil Underworld Godfather that he, and his skeletal army can defeat our heroes Garmadon accepts the offer. Who will prevail this first battle of good versus evil, for the unsuspecting world of Ninjago? [ISBN: 978-1-59707-297-7 (pb) / 978-1-59707-298-4 (hc)]
Mask of the Sensei
Volume 2 sells out its first printing and shoots to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List after its release on February 22, 2012. Mask of the Sensei became the beginning, with the Lego Nanjago Series securing a top spot in the NYT list over and over. I would hunch it is the most celebrated in its category.
The magical team of Greg Farshtey and Paolo Henrique have produced their final Lego Ninjago together. Released on February 28, 2012, Mark of the Sensei also shot to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List. In the second volume the Master of Spinjitzu can rest, having defeated all evil in the world of Ninjago.
Not unexpectedly, a gruesome evil shows up. This is the one foe the Masters believe they cannot possibly beat. An astonishing nightmare ensures. The four boys must find a way to beat the one man who knows all of their moves. How could this evil know every spin, chop, and special weapon the young Masters Possess. But how? Who is this indestructible foe? Master Sensei, himself. What will happen to the once peaceful world of Ninjago? How do you defeat your friend and guiding Master? What a conundrum. [ISBN: 978-1-59707-310-3 (pb) / 978-1-59707-311-0 (hc)]
Rise of the Serpentine
Volume 3 joins its predecessor, shooting up the New York Times Best Seller List until it too reached the top. Released on May 8, 2012 by the new team of Greg Farshtey and new artist, to Lego Ninjago, Paul Lee. Together, this team will produce volumes 3 and 4.
Zane, Cole, Jay, and Kai return after their confrontation with Master Sensei Wu. With their Master and teacher gone, the four master of Spinjitsu must face a world filled with new evil. First up to test the young masters’ skills is the snake tribes collectively known as the Serpentine. Truly sneaky, slippery opponents.
New artist Paul Lee continues the tradition of strong illustration. He fills each page from edge-to-edge of fantastic spins and unknown traps as the obstacles get greater and greater. What does this mean for the future of the world of Ninjago? [ISBN: 978-1-59707-325-7 (pb) / 978-1-59707-326-4 (hc)]
TO CONTINUE READING . . . CLICK HERE! (volumes 4 to 8 & sample illustrations)