If you were kicking around the Comics Blogger Internet back in the old days (2006 or so), you may know Jake Bell
as the creator of “Ye Olde Comic Booke Blogge
.” We sort of came up together, forming a friendship based on a mutual love of Silver Age “Jimmy Olsen” and “Lois Lane” comics, and I’m glad to say that this week, his first children’s novel is shipping to comic shops and bookstores everywhere.
“Secret Identity Crisis
,” and its sequel, “Freezer Burned,” are the first two books in Bell’s “Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks” series, focusing on a kid who lives in Kanigher Falls, a city that just a brand new super-hero and–not coincidentally–a new history teacher at Nate’s school. It’s a great, fun story, and if you’ve got kids or know
any kids who like super-heroes (as all kids do), it’s worth picking up.
But what sets the Nate Banks books apart from other novels about super-heroes? Each one has an eight-page comic by Bell and Chris Giarrusso, artist of “Mini Marvels,” “G-Man,” and the cover illustrator, and ComicsAlliance has an exclusive preview after the jump!
This sequence comes from the second book, “Freezer Burned,” and when asked to describe it, Bell said this:
“Is there an Eisner category for novels with comic inserts? If not, who do I talk to about adding that category for next year?“