DC Comics has been delivering high quality graphic novels geared to their YA and middle grade audiences for several years. Some of the stories, though designed for young readers, are some of the best tales of superheroes around. Big Bang Theory actress and author Mayim Bialik, PhD, has curated a set of 10 science-based stories for Flash Facts.
Flash Facts contains stories that complement science lessons in school. Instead of a dreary textbook about space, superheroes narrate “lessons” disguised as stories that follow the STEM curriculum.
The idea is brilliant, both as a new way of thinking about education and as a means for homeschool-weary parents to help their kids with engagement. The book aligns with Next Generation Science Standards and focuses on important issues like melting polar ice, using science to solve crimes and fun things like the technology behind virtual reality.
WATCH: Trailer For Flash Facts From DC Comics, Narrated by Mayim Bialik
Bialik is the perfect curator for the Flash Facts project. Not only is she a parent, but her science background helps to inform the stories included in the anthology. And who doesn’t love some Barry Allen guiding the way?
Some of the best and brightest DC Comics writers and artists are part of the project, including Cecil Castellucci (Batgirl), Michael Northrop (Dear Justice League), Kirk Scroggs (The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid), Isaac Goodhart (Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale) and Varian Johnson (Twins).
If you haven’t picked up one of DC’s new graphic novels, you’re in for a treat because these stories, especially the YA stories, offer some of the best deep dives into the origin stories (both canon and outside of canon) for the heroes we know and love. Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale is the hauntingly beautiful story of Selina Kyle’s early life and the struggles she faced in a broken home.
Other stories, like Northrop’s Dear Justice League, is a lighthearted vision of how superheroes would respond to questions from fans. Geared toward middle grade readers, the story is fun for adults and the perfect way to share interest in a fandom that spans generations.
Flash Facts will no doubt be another solid addition to the DC line of middle grade graphic novels, but it’s also a cutting edge way to blend education and fun for students.
Flash Facts will be available on February 2, 2021, and is available to pre-order now.