Books I Read: Takio
Arguably some of Bendis' other work is all-ages ("Avengers", "Ultimate Spider-Man"), but this is definitely aimed a little younger and specifically at girls with the girl protagonists. (Not that boys won't like it, but girls have fewer chances to read comics whose stars are like them.) The girls, 7 year old Olivia and 13 year old Taki, are written like believable kids. Olivia is adorable, but annoying in that way little kids can be, and Taki tries to act like an adult but still has that little-kid insecurity, exacerbated by the fact that their overprotective mom expects her to watch over her sister. (Mom: "How could you let this happen?" Taki: "I'm not there when she's at recess!" Mom: "If something like this happens, you have to call me." Taki: "Oh my God! She banged her knee, she didn't lose an arm!")
Is it my favorite Bendis thing? No, not even close. But I'm always griping about there not being enough kids comics, especially ones that young girls can enjoy, so I'm thrilled that this book exists and is of such high quality. I hope it has a long run, and is a bookstore success. I haven't personally had a chance to get any of my friends' kids opinions about this book yet, but Wired's reviewer says his 9 year old daughter loved it. I'd be curious to hear your experiences with kids and "Takio".