All this month I'll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.
Today we look at Wonder Care Presents: The Kinder Guardians #1 by Victor Dandridge (writer) and Justin Castaneda (artist)
You might recall Dandridge's name from last year's Month of African-American Comics, where I spotlighted his excellent one-shot The Trouble With Love about a superhero's marriage falling apart. That was a very mature and adult look at what happens when a superhero falls in love with a superheroine and his marriage breaks apart (and his son resents him for it). Going in an almost 180 degree turn, Dandridge here gives us superhero KIDS!
The Kinder Guardians (great name, by the way) is about a group of super-powered kids and their amusing misadventures (all the while being assisted by the artificial intelligence known as the Black Board - also great name).
In this issue, a young heroine wonders what it is like to fly and whether she can actually fly so fast that SHE can basically touch the sky, as well...
Castaneda's designs are excellent and his style fits perfectly into this sense of wonder and whimsy that comes with this comic.
Dandridge does an impressive job developing the personalities of the three heroes (plus Black Board) in this story, while also getting in some interesting educational aspects for kids like what is a horizon.
The comic ends with all three heroes learning life lessons. It's a strong story.
Then there are some gag strips and some fun back material.
The whole thing is a great comic package for kids. I just recently mailed some kids comics to the child of a friend and if I had a print copy of this one, I would have definitely included it as well.