I made it pretty clear recently that not all superhero stories are for kids, but I'd hate for geeklets to be deprived of superheroes.
There's so many kid-friendly superhero comics and cartoons out there. I thought I would do a good deed and list some for those looking for the perfect geeklet gift or past time.
Fair warning though, I'm not a parent to human children, I barely classify as an adult (I once ate nothing but pizza for 48 hours and am incredibly proud of that fact) - and I didn't think Deadpool “was violent enough.”
So, the best thing for you to do is check this list out for yourself first. You can also ask teachers, librarians and your friendly people at the book/comic book store for advice. Actually, you can ask anyone you want, I'm not the boss of you.....Yet.
TO THE LIST!!!!
1. Billy Batsom and the magic of Shazam
This Captain Marvel story is one of the best for kids; here's why - he's a kid! I know, he looks like a grown adult. But he's not. He's 10 at most and he just BECOMES Captain Marvel when he says "SHAZAM!" Then he basically becomes a derpy Superman.
This is a DC story by the way. Yes, I know. It makes me happy too.
2. Batman Brave and the Bold
This cartoon is brilliant, funny and does the clever thing where there are jokes in there for adults too. You'll see a lot of other characters from the DC Universe, so it's a good starting point. My absolute favourite is Aquaman who is a bit of a derp, but so lovely.
There are also Brave and the Bold comics. Be careful though, there's a few story arcs that have been released under that title, so you're going to want to check it's the version based off this animated series.
3. Avengers Assemble
This is Marvel's kid-friendly Avengers comic book offering to the world. You can also look at the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix series. If you want to raise your child as strictly a DC fan, the Justice League Unlimited series is good, but might not interest the little ones.
4. Teen Titans GO
A more light-hearted look at characters who don't usually get much attention. Robin, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Starfire are the main characters. If you liked Fairly Odd Parents, you'll get a kick out of this as well. The cartoon series DC Superhero Girls has some great 'kid' versions of characters like Harley Quinn. There's as DC Superfriends and Supergirl.
With series three of Young Justice in the works, it might be tempting to get the young-lings into it. I'm not saying don't. But there's a lot that could go over their heads. It's great for the 12+ ages.
5. Ben 10
The great thing about the Ben 10 franchise is that you can pretty much tell who it's aimed at, by the age of Ben. It's about Ben Tennyson who can change into different aliens thanks to an intergalactic gadget. He uses this power to fight bad guys. As Ben gets older, the series becomes more intense and deals with more age-relevant issues.
A slightly darker series which did cross over with Ben 10, was Generator Rex.
If you want to get away from the 'super' in superheroes, there are other options in comic book land, though they do tend to be less for little kids.
A shapeshifter who wants to be the baddest baddie of all the ....badness.
This started as a web comic from the incredibly talented and obviously witty Noelle Stevenson. It's a very sweet graphic novel that is clever, funny and a little bit heartfelt.
This is the story of a princess - locked away in a tower, surrounded by a dragon - who decides to save herself. Because, well, this is what happens when one prince comes to rescue the 'fair maiden':
This one's about children on a mythical quest to destroy an evil king, and also there is a robot bunny. There's actually quite a bit more to it than that, but why spoil the surprise?
Where do you get all of these?
If you're lucky enough to have a book store where you live, then go there. Ask for them. If not, go online. You can usually find previews of most comics on their publisher's sites, along with games and sometimes even a cartoon or two. There are apps where you can buy digital versions of comics, most of which have an option of dynamic reading, so the comic takes on a new dimension as you read it.
Geekery is the best gift I think you can give someone. So go forth! GEEK!