Gladstone's School for World Conquerors by Mark Andrew Smith

Gladstone's School for World Conquerors

Welcome to Gladstone's School for World Conquerors, a top secret academy for the children of the world's greatest super villains to learn the trade. Join us as Kid Nefarious, Mummy Girl, Martian Jones, Ghost Girl, and the infamous Skull brothers

Details Gladstone's School for World Conquerors

TitleGladstone's School for World Conquerors
Release DateNov 29th, 2011
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Superheroes, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews Gladstone's School for World Conquerors

  • mark monday
    overall quite delightful. the young students at Gladstone's School for World Conquerors are the daughters and sons of various super-villains, excitedly anticipating the time they can follow in their parents' villainous footprints. little do they know, the world outside their school has moved past such old-fashioned and often deadly endeavors like "battles between good and evil"...this G-rated superhero spin on the always popular School for Specia...
  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
    not 144 pages, issue #1 was 40 pages*Book source ~ Free from NoiseTradeFrom Goodreads:Welcome to Gladstone''s School for World Conquerors, a top secret academy for the children of the world''s greatest super villains to learn the trade. Join us as Kid Nefarious, Mummy Girl, Martian Jones, Ghost Girl, and the infamous Skull brothers unearth the School''s and their parent''s hidden past.Not a new concept, but still enjoyable. Reminds me of the movi...
  • Ingrid
    I really enjoyed this comic. Only thing I dislike is that I can't get my hands on the second one, and this first installment was very clearly only he beginning. I want mooore
  • Jeremy
    This was a fun book with great artwork. Some of the dialog was a bit rambly and could've been more succinct but overall I enjoyed the premise of the book. The villain school children and their relationships were great. It's almost like a reverse Runaways.
  • Justin Robinson
    Smith harnesses whimsy like a bronco, never letting it overpower his story. Villavert is a talent of the first order, with every page worthy of being framed and put on the wall.
  • Sean
    Where has this book been hiding?!?!? While the idea itself has been done before, Smith and Villavert create an adorable world of young villains in training. There is an overall story about these kids learning to be villains but also the bigger world they live in. There is young young romance, family drama, fight scenes, and more. I was so pleasantly surprised! Very good read!
  • J
    Cute kid's comic. Dark ending. Might read again.
  • Will Cooper
    Very cute and enjoyable.
  • Ionel
    This book is a graphic novel and it's about a kid who is a super villain going to school and practicing super villain things. But when his parents are made fools of in these comic books then he vows revenge on a superhero but the battle between superheroes and supervillains are fake!
  • Alan
    While the whole school setting has become pretty common in recent years (Harry Potter, Morning Glories, Glee even) very few writers have decided to take us to where they train villains. A well written brief intro introduces us to the school and its history. None of the characters, especially the leads of Mummy Girl and Kid Nefarious, are very well developed. The closest we come to character development are the Skull Brothers, and that is where I ...
  • Rosa
    Totally adorable. A group of students from Gladstone's get their hands on comic books that have their parents battling it out with heroes and are horrified to see that the books make their parents look ridiculous and incompetent. They don't know that their parents have a deal with the superheroes or that two of their number know about the deal and are trying to get revenge. I loved the bright slick art style. It felt perfect for the story. I like...
  • Richard
    I love this book.Gladstone's is an all-ages series that, like Doctor Who, actually packs a big entertainment punch without seeming too silly or dumbed down.I love the concept and the storytelling, but the biggest win goes to Villavert. His character designs are brilliant. I even love the background "extras," the kids who don't have speaking roles but who add life and energy to so many scenes.Yeah, maybe character development comes up a bit short,...
  • Cale
    This is a cute story about a school for the children of villains, training the next generation of world conqueror's. It scratches the same itch as Tiny Titans, the overly cute young powered set. But even though the art is cutesy, the story goes some deeper places; positing a world where super battles are more WCW than heroism, and what that would do to the villains' perspective. It's surprisingly deep in its explorations, even as it has a dozen y...
  • J. Klug
    I received a free copy of the book through the Goodreads Giveaways program and voluntarily chose to review. Gladstones School for World Conquerors is a top-secret academy for training the children of the worlds greatest super villains. Join a group of students as they uncover the secret of the schools and their parents hidden past. The story was well written with each character showing their unique personalities. I enjoyed the glimpses of the stu...
  • Ryan
    I was expecting this to be yet another "kids with special abilities at school" story, in the vein of X-Men and Harry Potter. And yes, it was a very good example of that, full of the awkwardness, nervousness, and fun that high school can be, but it also had a deeper level of intrigue and mystery that will keep me coming back for more.Apparently the fights between superheroes and supervillians are a sham, prearranged WWE style and fought for the be...
  • Melissa Forget
    Loved this read! It was a fun take on the tired Super heroes vs. Super villains routine but this time the new generation of villains don't want to be the losers anymore. Colourful pages and well thought out character designs, this graphic novel is definitely appealing to the senses. My only critique is the lack of complexity in the colouring and design of the backgrounds in most panels. In addition, some pages skipped into action too quickly and ...
  • Maria
    A school for villains - teaching the next generation what they need to know. But what they don't know is that all the battles between their parents and the heroes have been faked for years. How will they handle the truth? Great mix of action and humor. Definitely will appeal to the upper elementary crew. Yet plenty of fun references that will keep older readers interested as well. My sons adored this one!
  • Louise Bendall
    In this quirky, funny, adventurous comic, the kids of the world's greatest villains have to go to school somewhere. But, these tweenage villians-in-training were never told that the battles between superheroes and their villainous parents are fake. While their parents may have signed a treaty to keep the peace, these kids are going to start a war.
  • ***Dave Hill
    It's P.S. 238, only for the kids of super-villains. The characters are interesting, the dialog's funny, and the background world intriguing -- especially as the actions of the kids serve to possibly change a delicate status quo in the universe of heroes and villains. Triffic fun, and enjoyed thoroughly both by myself and by my 11yo daughter.
  • Jason
    What a cliffhanger at the end! Too bad I missed the Kickstarter campaign for volume 2. Clever concept that is well-executed. Nice balance between plot and character development. The action sequence at the end went on a bit too long, but I don't think it detracted overall. Seems like it would appeal to a broad audience, too, from maybe 4th grade through adults.
  • Ming
    I liked the book and it changed the way we looked at villains and superheroes. It also had a lot of action and comedy at the same time especially how martian jones acts tough but when he is in danger, he is a wimp! Even though the introduction was a little slow, the story was the best i have read so far!
  • Kim
    This comic is actually comical. It's also smart and very well done. Great concept and good pacing kept pages turning. I burnt through the trade. As far as comics go its a personal favorite.A school for future super villains... Brilliant.
  • Jamie
    This is my fourth read thru and I cannot say enough good things about this series. Great art! Great storytelling. I am looking forward to where this series goes next. If you love comics that are more retro and have a good hearted-spirit, check this out.
  • Meg
    What a wonderful, wacky book! I laughed until tears streamed down my cheeks. Then I shared the book with several middle-school children. They and their parents loved the book as much as I did. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.
  • P.
    I liked the character design + fun attacks, and the humor is the kind that, if this were animated and shown in the 90s along with Freakazoid/Tiny Toons/Powerpuff Girls/AAAH Real Monsters/Beetlejuice, it wouldn't feel out of place (but with less clever cultural references/punniness)
  • Dolores
    There were elements here that reminded me of "Evil Genius" & the H.I.V.E. series. The list of courses being offered is priceless. Guess I always suspected "Public Speaking" was for villains. A fun and very promising start. (P.S. Loved the little rant about the value of comics as educational tools.)
  • Sophie Fultz
    Won this book on Goodreads giveaways.
  • Kit
    Listen to our review on View From the Gutters podcast!
  • Siloxbot
    This had a lot of words and the print was small, so -1 star. But I liked the story.