Published on February 1st, 2021 | by Tim Chuma
Flash Facts (2021) Review
Summary: A fun introduction to science for tweens who would otherwise not be interested in it and worth a look for anyone else.
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Edited by Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory, Blossom) the Flash and several other DC superheroes explain key scientific facts to the tween audience in fun ways.
The aim of the book is to get the younger audience interested in STEM subjects be presenting them in a way that doesn’t seem too much like a school lesson. There is a great variety of subjects on offer and different characters doing so even ones that you usually would consider the baddies such as the Weather Wizard saying he is not the Climate Wizard which is smarter than Sky News After Dark.
There is a good variety of art on display here with styles that you would not normally expect in comics and more aimed at a younger audience. My favourite would have to be Yesina Moises’ contribution to the Sea for Yourself section with Aquaman.
The science does hold up but I thought the 3D printer and VR stories are a bit out of place in the book. Batman could definitely be in a book about makers as he is always inventing stuff though. At the end of the book there are some “try this at home” experiments you can do if you are interested in any of the stories.
It does manage to fit a lot of information within the stories without making it seem to wordy or boring, which is important for kids books as they have no qualms about just tuning out if it doesn’t hold their interest and they will let you know.
While this is aimed at a younger audience it is fun enough to pick up and read in bits if you are a fan of comics and I would recommend it if you would like something a bit different.
Edited by Mayim Bialik, PhD
Written By: Sholly Fisch, Varian Johnson, Darian Johnson, Amy Chu, Dustin Hansen, Amanda Deibert, Vita Ayala, Cecil Castellucci, Corinna Bechko, Michael Northrop, Kirk Scroggs
Illustrated by: Isaac Goodhart, Vic Regis, Ile Gonzalez, Dustin Hansen, Erich Owen, Andie Tong with Devyn Hansen, Gretel Lusky, Yesenia Moises, Yancey Labat with Monica Kubina, Kirk Scroggs
153 pages, colour
Publisher: DC Comics
Release date: 2nd February 2021