Each month, when my son’s Clubhouse magazine arrives in our mailbox, my son takes off with it and is immediately absorbed. He often reads the Captain Absolutely two-page comic spread first because it’s his favorite part of each issue. He was disappointed when the series ended a few months ago. Imagine his excitement when he found out that they made an entire Captain Absolutely comic book!
My son actually told me about the Captain Absolutely book coming out before I even learned about this review, so he was thrilled when I told him we were receiving the book to review. Over the past few weeks, my son has been enjoying reading Captain Absolutely by Focus On The Family.
Captain Absolutely is a softcover comic book that tells about the adventures of Captain Absolutely and his battle with evil villains. Throughout the book, Captain Absolutely, and his sidekick Hana, go around fighting the bad guys and defending the truth of God’s Word.
The book is written by none other than Wooton Z. Bassett from Adventures in Odyssey. Since Wooton himself is a fictional character, he had a little help from Stephen O’Rear and Christopher Maselli, along with outstanding illustrations by Dennis Edwards.
Captain Absolutely teaches kids about issues that everyone encounters throughout life like fear, loneliness, anger, temptation, selfishness, forgiveness, and more. Bible verses and important values are sewn right into the storyline. Captain Absolutely is on a mission to combat lies from the enemy, the lies of relativism and the blurring of right and wrong. By fighting for truth and justice, Captain Absolutely inspires kids to do the same.
Thoughts and Usage
As soon as the book arrived, my son took off with it and started reading. I’ll let him tell you about it in his own words…
My son’s thoughts:
“The story all began in a dangerous city named Metropolitanville, where Darren Gray was on the computer in the library and Josiah King was putting books away. Darren was typing on the computer while he was eating sunflower seeds and a sunflower seed fell in the keyboard and blew the building up! (I guess I should listen to my mom when she says to eat in the dining room.) Josiah was trapped in a secret room where he found several copies of the Bible. As he was reading, fumes were all around him and turned him into a super hero. Although Darren ran away from the explosion, he too read the Bible and didn’t like it because he didn’t like the ideas of right or wrong, heroes or villains. Daren became the villain named Dr. Relative, and Josiah became the hero named Captain Absolutely. Captain Absolutely’s mission was to put all of the villains in jail and spread the good news of the absolute truth of the Bible. He fought the villains along with his super hero sidekick, Hana. The other villains were Fear Chemist, Unifier, Baron Von Confuser, Cap’n Crastin, Farmer Vile, Nurse Grudge (who later repented), Blue Cupid, Sloppy Joe, and Edward Snooze.
I really liked this book. The part that I liked best was Baron Von Confuser because he says everything in rhymes. The things that I learned were that even though there aren’t real super heroes that fly around and save people, there is Jesus who saves us from eternal death if we accept him into our hearts. Because Club House magazines have these comics, I was very excited to receive this book.”
Overall, we were very pleased with the Captain Absolutely comic book and would recommend it for families with pre-teen boys. Girls might enjoy it also, since Captain Absolutely’s sidekick is a girl. However, most of the adventure seems to be something that would appeal more to boys.