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Louise Simonson writes about monsters, science fiction and fantasy characters, and superheroes. She wrote the award-winning Power Pack series, several best-selling X-Men titles, Web of Spider-man for Marvel Comics, and Superman: Man of Steel and Steel for DC Comics. She has also written many books for kids. She is married to comic artist and writer Walter Simonson and lives in the suburbs of New York City.
With superhero films filling the cinema there has never been more interest in mythology and the Norse gods are certainly stranger than most. But although this comic style retelling looks like pure Marvel and DC and the exciting illustrations are indeed from the pen of a renowned comic artist, this is actually a very true representation of the mythology. The story of Baldur is enormously significant since his death marks the first event of Ragnarök and the beginning of the end for the gods. We learn that this has been prophesised and of the lengths that Odin and Frigg go in order to prevent his death and how Loki outwits them at every turn, but in the end his punishment is so severe the world shakes with his pain. With glossary, character profiles, writing prompts and discussion questions this is a useful classroom resource for any study of Norse Mythology. Highly attractive and engaging, it will also appeal to comic fans and reluctant readers.
Beauty is sailing the ocean when pirates attack and, to her horror, her father is thrown overboard. Just as he sinks beneath the waves, something horrible rises, a kraken! Without hesitation, Beauty makes a deal to become the giant squid's prisoner if it rescues her father. But as Beauty explores the island she's now marooned on, she discovers secret treasure that may hold the key to saving herself ... and the sea beast. Experience the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale like never before in this graphic novel retelling. With information on the original tale, a guide to the story's twists and visual discussion questions, this book will engage and excite readers in equal measure.
How did Catwoman become Batman's greatest foe? Discover the story behind this cat burglar's journey from feline friend to feline felon, including the source of her catlike skills. With action-packed illustrations and easy-to-follow text, these early reader books are perfect for super hero fans and super-villain fans alike.
How did the Joker become Batman's archenemy? Discover the story behind the Clown Prince of Crime's journey from small-time crook to big-time baddie, including the source of his crazy clown face. With action-packed illustrations and easy-to-follow text, these early reader books are perfect for super hero fans and super-villain fans alike.
When a legendary Amazonian shield is stolen, Wonder Woman finds herself hot on the heels of Giganta and Gorilla Grodd. But soon she discovers that the villains aren't working together, and Giganta might be the Amazing Amazon's best hope for foiling Grodd's plans. Can Wonder Woman tame the titan long enough to pry the shield from the gorilla's grasp? Or will Giganta wind up wielding the weapon with a dastardly double-cross?
With the help of a nefarious billionaire, the Joker and Harley Quinn hatch a plan to lock up the Justice League for good. First they'll kidnap The Flash and Huntress. Then they'll lure the Justice League's most powerful members including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman into a trap beneath Arkham Asylum. Can the world's greatest team of super heroes thwart the Joker and Harley before it's too late? Or will this perilous pair doom them forever to a Justice League prison?
Harley Quinn has the blues. Her best friend, Poison Ivy, has just been nabbed by the Dynamic Duo. And her Puddin', the Joker, is locked up in Arkham Asylum. What's a supervillain girl to do? Capture the Boy Wonder to force the Dark Knight to set her friends free, of course! Can Batman and Robin escape Harley's crazy creeper caper? Or will the crime fighters be forced to free two of Gotham City's most notorious villains?
Far, far away, on a distant planet called Techworld, a little girl named Snow White is born. Created by the planet's smartest minds to be the perfect scientist, Snow immediately shows a knack for working with electronics. The Queen, fearing for her crown, exiles Snow White so she cannot grow up and take the Queen's place as the most intelligent person on the planet. However, Snow White's willingness to help those in need -- especially the downtrodden robots of Techworld -- earns her many friends, and they are all quite eager to help her cause.
What do you get when classic fairy tales are twisted about, turned inside out, and reworked for the graphic novel format? Far Out Fairy Tales! Discover what Snow White would be like if she were raised by robots. Find out how Cinderella's story plays out when she walks the path of the ninja. Play along when three billy goats named Gruff get stuck inside a video game. Chase down the Big Bad Wolf with the help of a superpowered Red Riding Hood! Each fairy tale revision holds true to the spirit of the original while adding a modern twist to the classic tales we know and love. Experience fairy tales like never before in this innovative series of full-color comic books for kids!