This isn’t going to be a normal book review, mainly because this isn’t a normal book. I offered to review Superman: Peace In The Balance because it’s a Choose-Your-Fate Adventure Book, not because it’s superhero related. I have much love for this type of literature, though it doesn’t seem to be as prevalent today as it once was. There’s nothing like a variety of possible endings to extend the fun you can have with a story.
And when I say a variety of endings, I mean just that. These books are similar to the Choose Your Own Adventure books of my youth. Everything hinges upon decisions the reader makes after each short chapter. Essentially, as the story progresses, you (acting as the main character would) make choices and flip to a new chapter to see the results of your action. This leads to a lot of flipping back and forth, but can create vastly different conclusions. For instance, in this book, I killed Superman no less than four times and destroyed the Earth at least once. And I had a blast doing it (pun intended).
As this book is aimed at a younger reader, I called upon the help of someone in the perfect target audience, my 7-year-old daughter, Sofia. After going through the book, I asked her a few questions about it:
What’s the name of this book?
Wonder Woman: Power Outage
Have you read other Wonder Woman stories before?
What makes this one different?
It’s a choose-your-own-adventure book.
How does that work?
It says to flip to a chapter if you want to do one thing, and if you want to do another thing, it says to flip to a different chapter.
Was it easy for you to do, or was it confusing?
If it’s not obvious by the title and description, Batman: Super-Villains Strike is a children’s book, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not completely and utterly awesome. I mean, any book that starts off with the phrase, “You are Batman,” is a book that has already won my heart.
Batman: Super-Villains Strike is a choose-your-own adventure book, which if you don’t know what that is, it’s a story that varies based on the decisions you make at the end of each chapter, which can result in success, stalemate, or death traps. The story in this book specifically kicks off when Batman (you – still awesome) find traces of Catwoman stealing some very expensive items. When you start to track her down, however, you realize that there is no way it could actually be Catwoman because you locked her up in Arkham Asylum previously. This theme starts moving along (as long you make the right choices) to reveal the same scenarios with Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and The Riddler, as well.