The G-man Super Journal

The G-man Super Journal

Awesome Origins

Book - 2015
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When Michael G (yes, "G" is his whole last name, and that's why everyone calls him G-Man) has to keep a journal in Mrs. Rosario's class at school, naturally he writes about his ambition to have superpowers and join the superheroes of his city (like Captain Thunderman) in the fight for justice. After all, his friend Billy Demon just got an awesome winged flying suit and superpowers of his own, and now he's the most popular kid in school! Mikey would just love to have superpowers too, but how will he get them? And if he does get them, what will he do with them?
Publisher: Kansas City, Missouri :, Andrews McMeel Publishing,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ò015
ISBN: 9781449458447
1449458440
Branch Call Number: J GIA
Characteristics: 225 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Giarrusso, Chris - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Awesome origins

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minion_girl
Aug 01, 2017

Best book EVER!!!! XD

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niamhw
Apr 04, 2017

awesome read the best charcter is eddie delta.
and hello random person scrolling through the comments.

JCLChrisK Jul 16, 2015

I read the first G-Man comic book collection, Learning to Fly, a couple of years ago and was very impressed. Then I forgot about it until seeing this come into the library as a new book (and realized I missed a couple of graphic novels in between). Instead of being another graphic novel, this "super journal" is a mix of text and illustrations in the popular format popularized by Diary of a Wimpy Kid--except these illustrations match the comic book style of the other G-Man books.

Not only is the format similar, so is the voice, style, setting, and plotting. Awesome Origins takes place chronologically prior to the graphic novels and tells the story of G-Man as a regular kid in school with all the other kids in school, dealing with social issues, teacher troubles, and the like. The very end retreads the story of Learning to Fly in a much compressed form, as most of this book is about G-Man's yearning for superpowers before he gets them and climaxes with his first adventure.

While I didn't like this quite as much as the graphic novel, it was fun and entertaining. The social dynamics are very good, there is still lots of fun with superhero conventions, and the sarcasm is excellent. It just felt a bit too formulaic and derivative in an attempt to fit the popular mold; I would rather see Giarrusso let G-Man be G-Man, because that's quite good.

LibrLdyMapleValley Apr 30, 2015

It was pretty funny right up until the teacher and his student start to have problems. The teacher is frighteningly out of control and the nasty level is pretty high between them. Then came the cartoon where G-man imagines slapping the teacher hard with an open handed slap then says that he's just kidding about doing that. Not funny. When the teacher retaliates in rage. Not funny. When G-man destroys what the teacher cherishes most. Not funny. It's too bad that the author or his editor didn't think through some of that content because it ruined a fun story and made it unusable in my local schools.

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minion_girl
Aug 01, 2017

minion_girl thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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minion_girl
Aug 01, 2017

Gr 4-7-This volume takes a step back in time to provide the origin story to three previously published volumes of G-Man adventures. Michael G spends his days engaged in the drudgery of school, getting picked on by his older brother, and being targeted for punishment by a teacher somewhat inexplicably out to get him. Meanwhile, it seems like every day another kid in his class comes in with a new superhero identity and accompanying powers. Michael G is left wondering when it's going to be his turn. When he finally unlocks the secret of a magic blanket at home, he assumes the identity of G-Man and joins his friends in superhero status. With abundant dry humour and zinging one-liners, this story doubles as a meta narrative about superhero comics, with several layers of depth. While there is some relatively sophisticated language and quips, younger readers will still be able to access the story, which is written in a diary format and illustrated with sharp drawings. Many readers will identify with G-Man's motivations: he isn't looking to get into the superhero business to save the world or anything, he just wants to be cool and have fun.-Jenna Lanterman, formerly at The Calhoun School and Mary McDowell Friends School, New York City (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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minion_girl
Aug 01, 2017

''Eddie is half elf!"~Tony ''No" ~Michael
BEST FRIEND EVER!!!

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