Preview/Review - Dynamite Entertainment's Li'L Bionic Kids - Not our favorite of the li'ls ~ What'cha Reading?

Preview/Review – Dynamite Entertainment’s Li’L Bionic Kids – Not our favorite of the li’ls

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I’ve enjoyed all the Li’l comics. Li’l Vampi, Li’l Ernie and Li’l Battlestar Galactica were all great fun. Maybe not as all age as one would think but still definitely good for kids younger than their source comics. I jumped at the chance to review Li’l Bionic Kids since I was a fan of all people bionic in my formative years. I wish I’d skipped it.

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The story begins familiarly. An accident on the playground leaves Steve and Jamie injured. They can be saved. They are rebuilt, stronger, faster…oh you know the rest. Once they are rebuilt they are sent to a special school, The Academy for Scientific Intelligence or ASI for short. Here you’ll find Oscar, Rudy and Ms. Callhan running the school, and a few of the villains from the shows such as the Fembots.

Jamie and Steve play little kid games, torturing each other. Until the main villain is revealed. I honesty didn’t find them all that cute or interesting. They annoyed me to be honest. I also found the comic to be a bit mean spirited but that may be more about the elementary school and not a flaw in the story. I don’t think these characters lent themselves to this type storytelling. At least not as well as some of the others.

The writing is ok but I didn’t feel a flow to the story, it was more stereotypical school yard vignettes that ended up in a story. The art was equal to the other Li’l Dynamite books. Very cute and picturesque.

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I’m giving Li’l Bionic Kids 2 out 5 stars, mostly for the fun of seeing familiar characters and the adorable art.

LI’L BIONIC KIDS (ONE SHOT)
Brandon Jerwa (w) 
Ian McGinty (a) 
Art Baltazar (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+ 
Better! Stronger! Faster…and smaller?! Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers are the newest students at A.S.I. – the Academy of Science Intelligence, a school for the unique and gifted. They’re also both cyborgs – human kids with a variety of high-tech body parts and modifications. Can these two outsiders put aside their shyness, and a growing rivalry, in time to take a stand against alien invaders who are determined to ruin the A.S.I. Track and Field Day? And if that isn’t enough, each Li’l book comes with a two-page activity sheet!

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Mother, knitter, writer, bookseller, and geek by day but at night I revert to the 10 year old that I really am. I spend my spare time plotting world domination using an army of knitters. Got to keep the weavers in check.

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