Bam! Pow! Zing! What do these words make you think of? If you answered "a comic," then you already know a bit about comics. But there is so much more to know! Featuring comic book heroes and villains from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image Comics, this fun book dives into the history and lasting popularity of comic books. Featuring TIME content, this high-interest nonfiction reader builds critical literacy skills and academic vocabulary and is purposefully leveled to engage different types of learners. Developed by Timothy Rasinski and Lori Oczkus, the text includes a table of contents, captions, glossary, index, and images to deepen understanding. The detailed sidebars feature fun facts that develop higher-order thinking. The Try It! culminating activity provides additional language-development activities. Aligned with McREL and WIDA/TESOL standards, this text features complex content appropriate for middle school students.