Study Hall of Justice: Book Review

February 28th, 2016 by

Study Hall of JusticeWe’ve all heard (and watched, and read) about the three superheroes Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman — and you’ve probably heard about their alter egos Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, and Diana Prince. But what if they were placed together in the most harrowing situation of all— MIDDLE SCHOOL?!

In Study Hall of Justice by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen (the first book in the DC Comics Secret Hero Society series), Bruce, Clark, and Diana have been enrolled in Gotham City’s exclusive private school, Ducard Academy.

For those of you who have seen any of the dozens of live action or animated movies, or read any of the hundreds of graphic novels and comic book issues — you’re probably sputtering, “What?! No, that’s not how they met! That’s not canon! What is this nonsense?”… Hold your horses. Or bats. Or capes. Or invisible planes. Study Hall of Justice is an alternate history, and is really fun to read.

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Left: Partial map of Ducard Academy. Right: Diana and Clark visit Wayne Manor.

At Ducard Academy, a mystery is afoot — and Bruce Wayne, one of the world’s greatest detectives, is on the case. Amidst history classes (taught by the immortal Vandal Savage), choir (taught by Siobhan McDougal, the Silver Banshee), and gym (taught by beefcake Coach Zod), Bruce and his friends wonder why the academy is recruiting classmates for “Nanda Parbat.”

The faculty at Ducard Academy is a shady bunch.

The faculty at Ducard Academy is a shady bunch.

I don’t want to spill any spoilers, but this is a fun, quick read, especially if you’re a fan of graphic novels. If you’re not familiar with comic book characters, Study Hall of Justice is an excellent introduction to the likes of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, and how they’d deal with class projects, after school activities, and gym — just like you! … Plus super strength. The book is illustrated, and we get to know the characters not just from the story, but also from the funny drawings, classroom bulletins, text messages, and more.

Left: Text messaging in action! Right: Diana in action!

Left: Text messaging in action! Right: Diana in action!

For those sputtering DC Comics and superhero fans (like myself), reading all the references and inside jokes about famous heroes and villains in junior high was quite delightful. In Study Hall of Justice, the heroes are surrounded by villains — so where are the other heroes and sidekicks? Is Robin in preschool? Aquaman is busy with swim team at a sister school? I can’t wait to see how Book 2 of the DC Comics Secret Hero Society turns out! Leave a comment below on what you thought of the book!

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy would not last long attending a school of villains, but would gladly become Diana Prince’s sidekick!

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