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Operation Comics, Issue #2 - The Shape of Things

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Dr. Bruce Kessler, Author
Art by: Tressa Tullis

Operation Comics, Issue #2

In this second issue, Wonderguy encounters a villain named the Shape Master. He used to be Ernie Schwump, a shiftless worker at a government research facility, until he messed with some equipment he should not have. Now he is able to change shapes at will, and he decides to use this power for evil. It's up to Wonderguy, Claire, and Dillon to find his weakness, and put a stop to his shenanigans. 

In this issue, the mathematics concepts of the volume of a rectangular prism, cylinder, and sphere are presented.

 

This issue was reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite:

Rating:  5.0 stars

"The Shape of Things: Operation Comics #2" is written by Bruce Kessler. "The Shape of Things" was uniquely created as an adventurer-educational comic. The layout and design of the book is spectacular, filled with vibrant colors and descriptive pictures allowing the reader to follow the story simply by looking at the pictures. An everyday super hero helps citizens and law enforcement. A particular villain is involved in an unusual accident that causes him to be able to change shape and become different sizes as well. Children at an elementary school previously saved by the hero aided in helping capture this villain by using their own knowledge of a math lesson previously learned during school.

"The Shape of Things: The Operation Comics #2" is a fun adventurous story-comic book for children of all ages to enjoy. Children will not only indulge themselves in an adventure story but learn a lesson in math at the same time. This comic book is a great reference and tool for schools/educators/and parents. I was a little skeptical at first about reading a comic that was classified under "Children's Education". When I was growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, that was just not our typical comic genre. We found Batman and Superman as adventurous and courageous, maybe offering a life lesson from time to time but not really any academic lessons. "The Shape of Things" is creatively written and drawn making students think back to what they learned in class to help solve the mystery of the super villain. I loved that the work of solving the problem was drawn out and stated within the comic. I myself found it embarrassing that I did not remember the formula talked about within  the comic. It was refreshing to see it on the pages, and I will be using it as a reference when I forget it, or my children have trouble in the future with a math lesson.

 

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