Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Landry Walker and Eric Jones’ Pepper Page Saves the Universe is a middle-grade futuristic superhero story about a shy comic book girl-geek becoming her own superhero inspiration!
The year is 2421. Awkward and shy, Pepper buries herself in the universe of the classic fictional superhero Supernova to avoid dealing with the perils of the 9th grade. But then fate intervenes when Pepper encounters a strange cat named Mister McKittens and stumbles into a volatile science experiment run by a sinister substitute teacher named Doctor Killian.
Pepper is flung into another dimension, bringing her face to face with an order of cosmic beings who declare her to be the steward of their great power, champion of harmony in the universe, protector of worlds present and past.
Now, in the 21st Century, Pepper finds that she herself is the real Supernova. But as Pepper soon learns, escapist fantasy and reality are two very different things.
About: Pepper Page Saves the Universe! is a middle grade graphic novel written by Landry Q. Walker and illustrated by Eric Jones. It was recently published on 2/16/2021 by First Second, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 208 pages. The genres are science fiction, middle grade graphic novel, and superheroes. This book was intended for readers ages 8 to 12. According to the publisher’s website, “First Second Books is a graphic novel publisher located in New York City. We publish graphic novels in every genre and for readers of all ages. Our graphic novels are available online, in libraries, in comic book shops, and wherever books are sold.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Pepper Page Saves the Universe! on 3/2/2021 and finished it that same day. My son also read this book and he was surprised that it’s a comic within a comic. The quick explanation is, we are reading the comic strips about Pepper Page while she read the comic magazine about Supernova. Pretty neat because she’s a big fan to the superhero. I loved the entrance in the sky. Flying bus to school was super cool. Traveling to another dimension sounds cool as well. The cat took on an important role was unexpected though awesome. Attached are few of my favorite pages from this graphic novel.
This graphic novel followed Pepper Page, 15, as she enjoyed reading her comic book. Then she caught the flying bus to school. On the bus, she was bullied by Strona but she didn’t stood up for herself. In school, Pepper continued to read her comics and didn’t pay attention to class so one of her teachers, Professor Killian bullied her. Strona and her gang threw balls at her when she missed the school game again. Luckily she had friends Tally and Zola on her side. When they were on the run to escape the balls, they came upon the science building and caught Professor Killian performing an illegal experiment that send something or someone to another dimension and unfortunately as Pepper was attempting to rescue the cat, she caught herself in it and was sent off.
Pepper Page Saves the Universe! was a great read! An orphan who didn’t fit in and couldn’t stand up for herself, but who will do what’s right. She saved the cat even if there’s a chance that she might get caught. She couldn’t believe she could do something but she did it when the time called for it. Pepper Page was not a role model for being a good student because she read her comics all day in every class. However, she could be relatable to many readers who aren’t interested in sports and who lacked of self esteem. I enjoyed the humor and friendship. I do recommend everyone to read this book!
Tag Lines: illustrations, graphic novels, superheroes, humor, friendship, comics
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author and Illustrator:
Landry Q. Walker is a New York Times bestselling author who has been making stories happen for over twenty-five years. He has worked on Batman, Supergirl, Star Wars, Frozen, and most everything else. When he is not randomly punching letters on a typewriter, he can be found in his backyard, absolutely failing to grow pumpkins. If you want to know more about Landry, he can occasionally be found babbling incoherently about stuff online. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
Eric Jones has been drawing and painting since he was two years old, which is a very long time. Usually working with his friend and nemesis Landry Q. Walker, he has drawn everything from Star Wars to Batman to Supergirl to Phineas and Ferb. Eric has worked with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legends Green Day, and acclaimed filmmaker Henry Selick, and he once saw Corey Feldman at a party. He collects old toys, listens to punk rock, and sometimes leaves the house, usually for groceries. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).