My youngest son and I enjoyed a new to us Christian superhero comic book from The Captain Sun Adventures. We were provided with Book 1, Rescue Me! What Superheroes Can Teach Us About the Power of Faith for review as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. All opinions are our own.
Comic books have a certain appeal to kids and adults alike. With the combination of images and dialog, they can convey stories in a manner regular books don’t.
While most comic books are focused on entertainment, there are some who use this genre to teach key points to individuals.
About The Captain Sun Adventures: Christian Superhero Comic Book
The Captain Sun Adventures weaves together a comic book story with a child’s devotional. This is done with a single page after each ‘chapter’ of the comic. This page looks like the front page of a newspaper.
Superheroes are extremely popular as they show how someone can rise above mediocrity and help those around them. These heroes are usually unassuming individuals that have a special ability (power) that makes them ‘super.’
In this first title of the series, the idea of being a superhero and all the classic themes that go with it (e.g. origin story, being part of a team of heroes, etc.) are addressed.
At the end of the book, you will find a question per chapter for your child to ponder and potentially launch a discussion with you. The questions all point to the themes covered in the title which in turn relate to timeless truths found in the Gospels.
Our Thoughts on The Captain Sun Adventures: Christian Superhero Comic Book
While I wanted to read this title with my son, he decided to take it to his room and read it solo. So, I snuck some time to read it myself to know what is covered.
This is a fun title to read and the presentation helps to relay the key points being presented. For an emerging reader, the short ‘chapters’ can be read alongside a parent or older sibling. More advanced readers will have the book read in under an hour.
Each of the single pages that summarize a theme from the proceeding chapter helps to synthesize what is being presented. This is always done within the context of the Bible and drawing parallels to what it means to live the Christian life.
The illustrations are colorful and reminiscent of older comic books in style. The single page spread set up like a newspaper does a great job highlighting the covered theme.
Most of all, reading this book is FUN with the opportunity for your child to grow a bit more in their FAITH.
I’m now curious to see the other titles in this series as the approach resonates well with my son. While the titles do promote Christianity, they are not specifically Christian comic books. Rather, they are a way to either reinforce or introduce those key tenets of the faith to kids.
Are comic books appealing to your children?
Do you use this format to help teach the kids?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit The Captain Sun Adventures post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this resource.