Marvel Comics

LQ: 9.1

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Brain grade: 8.4
Fun score: 9.8

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The Marvel Comics website and app are the digital home of the Marvel franchise, which includes comic book characters like Iron Man, Spiderman, The X-Men and The Avengers, as well as many other popular superheroes. Users can find free and paid digital comics, order print comics, play comic-themed online games, and explore the world of Marvel Comics. For a child who may not enjoy reading or find difficulty in focusing on a story, exploring comic books online can be an engaging tool to help stubborn readers enjoy stories that visually come to life. Digital comics are readable on computers, laptops and mobile devices, allowing users to take them on the go or enjoy them at home. Moderate reading skills are required, and the age appropriateness of comics range widely, so we advise parents to oversee all downloaded content and recommend the app for ages 8 and up.


THIS APP IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Spider MenMarvel Comics is an excellent way for children to develop interests that can span far beyond the pages of a comic. Discovering a character or comic they find particularly engaging can help users expand and define broader interests. For example, if they like reading about Thor, they may also find interest in Norse mythology or outer space  If users find Iron Man fascinating, they may develop a coinciding interest in robotics and engineering. By finding and choosing their favorite comics and characters, users are developing their own preferences and thinking about what characteristics and qualities appeal uniquely to them.

Reading comics or graphic novels can also help develop visual literacy, or correctly interpreting visual information, as many stories convey information through comic panels that contain little or no text. A character's facial expression can often help indicate inner thoughts and feelings, and it is up to readers to interpret and absorb this information. Practicing these skills through an engaging visual medium like comics can help children learn to interpret basic facial cues, emotions and body language.

Lastly, comic books frequently present various decision-making moments that encourage readers to relate to the moral choices different characters make. While selfless acts of bravery are abound in these stories, many also  feature complicated, down-to-earth scenarios where characters struggle with everyday issues. For instance, Spider-Man may save New York City on one page, but in the next returns home and carer for his aging aunt, worries about paying rent and takes grief from his short-tempered boss.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

Comics and graphic novels inherently require readers to concentrate on a number of aspects of the story. Important information is conveyed through text as well as artwork depicting characters and aspects of the environment around them. Readers need to not only focus on narrative text and dialogue, but visual cues and details which also help to progress the story and deliver important information. Many plot lines also expand far beyond a single comic, meaning readers will have to follow along through several issues to fully complete a story-line. This encourages goal-directed persistence and rewards readers who stick with the somewhat daunting task of following a lengthy story through to the end.

Reading

Comic books and graphic novels are an excellent way to entice children who are generally less interested or intimidated by traditionally formatted texts. The subject matter and presentation of stories in comics are often more accessible to struggling or disinterested readers. Graphic texts can also serve as an excellent way to introduce readers stylized writing concepts. Characters will commonly employ wit, banter and sarcasm to convey humor, which --when paired with accompanying visuals and facial expressions -- can make it easier to discern the nuances of such writing. Understanding common emotions conveyed through both images and text can help better hold readers' attention and get them to better understand expressive dialogue.

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