Created by Rebecca Sugar
Written by Jeremey Sorese
Illustrated by Coleman Engle
Published by KaBOOM!
Release Date: 9/3/2014
I have two daughters, 7 and 3 ½ years old respectively, so I am very familiar with Steven Universe. For those of you not as familiar, allow me to elucidate. The world is protected from evil threats by the Crystal Gems, a group of intergalactic female warriors who use the power of special gem stones embedded on their bodies to summon magical weapons. The four Gems are Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl and Steven. Steven is a boy who inherited a gemstone from his mother, a Crystal Gem named Rose Quartz. Alright, all caught up? Good. Let’s roll with issue two of Kaboom’s Steven Universe!
Steven, being the precocious young man that he is, decides he is going to enter an extreme bike race. Much to the dismay and worry of his “adopted” big sisters. After some counseling from his father, Steven decides to go against the wishes of his protectors and enters the race. Of course, when you have intergalactic warriors as sister figures, precautious over-bearing protection can take on a whole new meaning. A series of unfortunate events (note to self: great for a book title) follows Steven throughout the course, and his protectors learn a valuable lesson about expectations. An added bonus to this title are the little vignettes at the end of the main story. This month is “Lion Tamer” by Josceline Fenton and it is utterly adorable.
The latter part of that last sentence is what I love about not only Steven Universe, but the majority of the KaBOOM! line. There is always some kind of lesson to be learned. As I stated previously, I am the lucky father of two wonderful young girls, and sharing comics with them is something that we bond over. Titles like Steven Universe make the sharing that much easier because they give me the reassurance that my kids will be reading something of quality and value, and they like it because it’s hilarious and goofy. The family dynamic presented in Steven Universe is a unique one, but one that I am sure will be familiar with many kids today.
If you are looking for something a little silly and off the wall, or even something heartwarming and endearing, please do yourself a favor and pick up Steven Universe #2 at your local comic shop. Hey, you could even share with a special little person in your life, too. Happy reading!