Lerner has a new series coming out from its Graphic Universe imprint. The series–called History’s Kid Heroes–tries to bring “…historical fiction into the graphic novel format using strong characters and exciting storylines” but only partially succeeds.

On the one hand, the History’s Kid Heroes series offers a unique addition to graphic novel collections. Historical fiction can be hard to find in graphic form, especially for younger readers, and the series’ focus on kids as heroes creates stories which should catch the attention of juvenile library patrons, particularly those who like disaster stories. The creators offer up tales that feature a both boys and girls, always a nice touch. It is sadly still too rare to see African-American characters in graphic novels, so the inclusion of Sam Deal–who helps the famed Pea Island (NC) African-American rescue crew–is welcome. Trover’s art ties the series titles together. His style is simple, but effective. His panel layouts are clear and easy to follow. He has a good eye for historical details which get the point across without crowding the page and his characters’ faces are expressive and engaging.

Unfortunately the series has some issues which keep it from being the best it can be….

This review was originally posted at Good Comics for Kids. Please visit the original post to see the rest of the review.

The Lifesaving Adventure of Sam Deal, Shipwreck Rescuer
Written by Candice Ransom; Adapted by Amanda Doering Tourville; Illustrated by Zachary Trover
Hardback ISBN 978-0-7613-6177-0; Paperback ISBN 978-0-7613-6196-1
Lerner/Graphic Universe, October 2010

The Snowshoeing Adventure of Milton Daub, Blizzard Trekker
Written by Margaret K. Wetterer and Charles M. Wetterer; Adapted by Emma Carlson Berne; Illustrated by Zachary Trover
Hardback ISBN 978-0-7613-6175-6; Paperback ISBN 978-0-7613-6194-7
Lerner/Graphic Universe, October 2010

The Stormy Adventure of Abbie Burgess, Lighthouse Keeper
Written by Peter Roop and Connie Roop; Adapted by Amanda Doering Tourville; Illustrated by Zachary Trover
Hardback ISBN 978-0-7613-6172-5; Paperback ISBN 978-0-7613-6191-6
Lerner/Graphic Universe, October 2010

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