Press: Turtleback (October 12, 2010)
Author Name:Giarrusso, Chris; Giarrusso, Chris;
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY.
Children's Books,Comics & Graphic Novels,Superheroes,Graphic Novels
PDF Download And Online Read: G-Man Volume 2: Cape Crisis (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Comment List (Total:10)
- We love all the G-man books. My 6 year old has all three volumes and he loves them so much. A great comic that is more relatable to the younger set and does not have all that violence that some of the more mature super hero books have.
- My 8 year old devoured the book and the series, I wish there were more in the series.
- Incredible comic book!!!..A must have!!! I love both books!!! (Learning to Fly is the other one) I just wish they would hurry up and make a third one!!!
- I keep buying this book, rereading it and then sending it to a friend with a 10 year old, which in turn forces the parents to hunt out and buy volumes 1 and 3. It is just plain fun. Like SpongeBob, or the original Rocky & Bullwinkle, it hits at enough levels to have the interest of both children and their parents. Whenever I travel, I bring along a copy, using it as my marker to see if the child or adult is someone worth more attention -- if they don't get it, they're not.
- When cartoonist Chris Giarusso did an author visit/book signing at my library, I asked him if he felt a kinship between his work on G-Man and, say, CALVIN AND HOBBES. I didn't mean to suggest his work wasn't original, but, as in CALVIN, the G-MAN comics seemed the embodiment of childhood adventure fantasies fluidly and almost completely with the child protagonist's reality. Well, Chris was gracious enough in his response and certainly didn't seem insulted by the comparison, but I don't know that I successfully conveyed the reason for my making it.G-MAN and his older brother "GREAT MAN," are still elementary school students, after all. They don't even seem to bother with "secret identities" and attend their classes in superhero garb. It's all clearly fantasy--and something of a spoof really, as it makes gentle fun of superhero conventions, while throwing in bits of wizardry, sci-fi, mythology and a kind of sardonic mysticism to boot (there are some twisted "afterlife" bits of business thrown in for good measure).And that, I guess, is the CALVIN AND HOBBES connection. I don't know if I can successfully recall every aspect of my own childhood fantasies, but they WEREN'T just limited to superheroes. Depending on the age of the child, in fact, you're likely to have an amalgam of superhero adventures, fairy tales, horror story elements (both scary AND humorous), and, yes, even aspects of one's religious teachings (angels and devils and disembodied souls). It all seems to be grist for the fantasy mill, and Chris Giarrusso is savvy enough to use it all imaginatively and effectively.The humor won't be lost on most kids either, but it makes it doubly palatable for teens and adults. Pretty much anyone will enjoy the G-MAN comics on some level. This volume is much more of a piece than volume I (LEARNING TO FLY), with pretty much one continuous (though engagingly convoluted) storyline to contend with. There's enough high adventure that kids won't be put off by the spoofy elements, but older readers will find themselves appreciating G-MAN for its witty take on comic conventions. Readers of all ages will respond to the skillfully portrayed sibling rivalry between G-Man and Great Man--or as they're known to their parents, Dave and Mikey.
- Love this book for my son! He made up a superhero of himself named G Man so when I saw this, I snagged it. Cute stories and my son loves it.
- I picked up the first two trades because I have stumbled on to some great all-ages reads that were aimed primarily at a younger audience. My boys are bit young for reading the comic book format, but are no stranger to Chris Giarrusso's artwork from the Nate Banks book series. The art is clean and fun and smacks of Calvin & Hobbs from the newspaper funnies. The writing is sharp and had me laughing every few pages. If you are a comic book or super hero fan, then G-Man deserves a place on your book shelf.Of the two trades, I enjoyed Cape Crisis a bit more. By this point, the characters and back story are pretty well establish. G-Man is a kid whose powers come from a cape that he fashioned out of his family's magic blanket. G's older brother has a belt made out of the same blanket and calls himself Great Man. In this volume G decides to make wristbands allowing anyone who has one to fly. This gets out of hand pretty quickly and threatens to ruin the magic of the blanket, and destroying G's powers once and for all.There a bunch of funny gags, twists, turns, and fun-spirited romps through some of the classic comic book tropes. A smile on every page. Its all clean fun, so I would hand to a kid with few reservations, as long as they are at the right reading level.
- On Volume 2, G-Man shows what he's capable of, so to speak. The first volume is made of vignettes that add up to tell several stories. Here, it's an actual story arc divided in 5 issues. So Giarrusso has room to play with his creations. The script speaks both to kids and grown-ups without talking down to neither. I'm reading it to my 7-year-old (we're Brazilian, he doesn't speak/read English), but I'll definitely hand this to him when he's older and had enough grasp of the language to read it on his own.
- Chris Giarrusso's art is always AWESOME and his writing is so fun to read. I am glad I made this purchase.
- I bought this to read with the kids and after reading the first part to them, I put the comic down and let the boys know I would continue it the next night.