Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Sparrow Academy is the latest comic book super hero movie, written by Greg Berlanti, who also serves as an executive producer on the ABC drama Lost. If you're thinking of watching the newest installment of this popular series, you're going to need to read this review. The Sparrow Academy has some great potential if it can sustain the momentum which it's currently generating. We'll discuss whether or not it does and will give you a review of its main characters.
Our first point deals with the premise of the show itself. In the wake of a tragedy, Peter, aka Spader, goes to live with his Uncle Ben (Christine Earnest) in Egypt. He wants to be an artist, but doesn't have any experience with comic books. He eventually joins the academy to learn how to draw and create his own comic book, which is based on and inspired by a classic Marvel comic book. Naturally, things don't go according to plan, but that's where the comic book comes into play.
This book follows the exploits of Spader as he finds himself captured by terrorists and taken to a secret facility where he's forced to train against his own abilities. It turns out that he has latent mutant powers, so a team of X-Men are sent to capture him. He makes a deal with one of them, Cyclops (expensive and annoying) to get away from the facility while he's training. Naturally, things go wrong and Cyclops ends up dying in the process.
From there, we jump to Sparrow and his relationship with Jeanette, the new headmistress of the Sparrow Academy. He's sort of like an adopted son to her because he looks like her son from the orphanage, but there's a big difference. He's just blindly following her every order and becoming the absolute worse at the school. He doesn't know the first thing about being a teacher and she doesn't either. It's their relationship that's the central conflict of the comic book, and it works quite well.
I think part of the reason why I personally like this comic is because it takes place entirely outside of the X-Men continuity, which for me is one of the biggest appeals of the comic. The Sparrow Academy isn't part of the Marvel comicsverse, it exists within its own world. So that means that there are some huge open doors for a writer to use within the context of the comic book and it can be a much more interesting and mature read.
One of the biggest things I enjoyed about the comics when I was a kid was the X-Men and they were always something I looked forward to reading. But now that I'm older and have more experience with comic books, I've seen a lot of superhero stories that are nothing like what I used to enjoy. So for me, the Sparrow Academy is a breath of fresh air.
There's also a lot happening inside the classroom and it's constantly shifting. In a lot of the other X-Men comic books you have the everyday life stuff going on, but in the Sparrow Academy, you've got a war going on. Everyone seems to be out for whatever, and the teacher is constantly trying to instill seriousness and discipline into the minds of her students. Which is a great thing, because there's a lot of life outside of the walls of the Sparrow Academy. For me, this kept the comic book from becoming boring and dragged down by a lack of drama. It kept my interest because there were always new and interesting elements.
All in all, this is a very solid comic book, that's both smart and entertaining. I highly recommend it, especially if you're a fan of the x-men or even the Marvel superhero genre in general. There's plenty to like and appreciate here. I'm looking forward to future issues!