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PS238 Vol. 3: No Child Left Behind by Aaron…

PS238 Vol. 3: No Child Left Behind

by Aaron Williams

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"No Child Left Behind" continues Aaron Williams' PS238 series about superhero kids at a boarding school with the collected issues 11-15. The book is also where the series picks up a little - there's less time spent on character introductions, and heavier use of interlocking plot threads; 12 & 13 fit together (along with later issues), as do 14 & 15 (which ends on a cliffhanger, leading into the next volume).

It's a welcome change; most notably, Williams ratchets up the tension when he needs to without trying to compress things into single issues. He also adds some nice touches where scenes from earlier issues foreshadow or (in the case of time travel) match scenes in the longer storylines, allowing the backstory to add weight and humor without being required reading. The little touches make the world itself more convincing, too.

The longer buildup also gives space for more of the humor in the tenser storylines - while the necessity of playing some things seriously does reduce the space for jokes, the multi-issue arcs feel more expansive. As a result, they lose less than the single-issue serious arcs. Aaron Williams has used part of the series to build up to the issues compiled in "No Child Left Behind"; he uses the payoff well, and without losing the comedy. ( )
  agis | Aug 25, 2008 |
More ps238 goodness! Time travel, the return of the Rainmaker, hilarity, hijinx, and super powered homework (mayhem) galore! Seriously, what are you waiting for READ PS238! ( )
  cmihm31 | Jul 6, 2006 |
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