DC League of Super-Pets: The Great Mxy-Up TP
Publisher: DC Comics
Release date: July 19, 2022
Creator(s): Heath Corson (writer); Bobby Timony (Artist)
Format: 160 pages, color, paperback
Age group: 8-12 years old
ICv2 rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This appears to be a direct sequel to the story told in the upcoming animated film about DC’s superhero animal sidekicks. My only complaint is that one of the ones included was NOT originally an animal sidekick “Chip” was a fully intelligent alien in the DC comics world, but happened to look like a squirrel of Earth, so he was demoted for this series.
Because this is a sequel, two of the characters seemingly become sidekicks during the film. That, and spoilers involving what could be one of the movie’s villains, may confuse readers who haven’t seen the movie yet, but it’s a good story nonetheless, with both action and humor.
Because no member of the Justice League apparently considers their animals intelligent, they are only seen as pets or sidekicks, even those with substantial superpowers, such as Superman’s dog, Krypto. This leads to gags on the Justice League’s meeting room security system, but also unusual problems when one of Superman’s enemies shows up, Mr. Mxyzptlk. Although cartoony, this character is powerful and dangerously chaotic, but the easiest way to get rid of him is to have him say or spell his name backwards, causing him to wander off for a while and fix the damage he caused on this “visit” to Earth.
In this case, the animal companions must try to save the day, but the human heroes also learn a series of lessons not to underestimate their animal companions.
Anyone with a fondness for animals, great or not, will find this story very entertaining. If the movie is of this level of quality, it should be very enjoyable, but even single-player readers who love DC superheroes will appreciate most of these animal sidekicks and their adventures. From this book, it’s not clear why Wonder Woman would want to befriend a size-changing pig, but perhaps the movie will clarify that as well.
—Nick Smith: Library Technician, Community Services, for the Pasadena Public Library in California.
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