Staff Pick — Shannon: Origin Story series, DB 74943

I was doing some searches for a patron trying to find origin stories of superheroes and found this newish book that covers the starts for Spider-Man, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, the Avengers, Thor and X-Men. This reads more like short snippets of info about each of the superheroes — just mentioning how they got their powers, and sometimes mentioning the villains they battle (and sometimes not). I would have liked more of the villain backstory and felt that the stories should have been a little longer to include some of that.  

I’ve watched the movies featuring all of these characters, but find that before I go to the movie featuring these characters I want to know the backstory that I don’t know because I didn’t read their comic books when I was a kid. (Typically I find this info on Wikipedia.) I’m looking forward to seeing Iron Man 3 next month.  

Each section of this book read like a short chapter. I enjoyed Erik Sandvold as a narrator and I liked that he described the action on some of the picture pages.

Every time a new superhero movie comes to the theatres we get asked about books like this, so I’m glad to see that NLS made a recording of this book. It was a pleasant book to spend an hour with. Happy reading!!

The Origin story series: The amazing Spider-Man ; The courageous Captain America ; The incredible Hulk ; The invincible Iron Man ; The mighty Avengers ; The mighty Thor ; The uncanny X-Men

DB 74943

Thomas, Rich. Reading time: 1 hour, 3 minutes.
Read by Erik Sandvold.


Series of seven books explains how Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and the Hulk became legendary superheroes. In The Uncanny X-Men Professor Xavier assembles a team of mutants called the X-Men to protect mankind from evil–even though humans are afraid of them. For grades K-3 and older readers. 2011.