Waiting on Wednesday (55): Raising Dion by Dennis Liu & Jason Piperberg

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

Written by Dennis Liu, Illustrated by Jason Piperberg

Imagine Superman, but from Martha Kent’s point of view. Or imagine Spiderman, but from Aunt May’s point of view. This is a superhero story, but from the parent’s point of view. But unlike her son, she doesn’t have any powers.Nicole, raises her 7 year old son, Dion, who has superpowers. Life was hard enough keeping up with the bills, let alone trying to keep track of her son’s invisibility, plasma powers, and telekinesis. In order to study his progress, Nicole films her son 24/7 with the help of her friend, Pat, who is an aspiring filmmaker. But when Nicole starts to notice mysterious men tailing her, and with Dion’s developing abilities constantly changing and becoming more powerful, she must find the courage deep within herself that she can raise Dion on her own. (Cover and synopsis from

So this isn’t a typical Waiting on Wednesday, because technically this comic book is already out. (You can download the first issue for free as a digital download at, and you can order a physical copy there as well. There’s also a really cool trailer video on that site, too.) But since it’s Graphic Novel Month here at The Overstuffed Bookcase, I wanted my WoW to highlight a comic or graphic novel.

Anyway, this comic just sounds really good. As a mother raising two sons, I love the idea of a comic book focusing on that dynamic. Sure, my sons aren’t superheroes and I’m not a single mother, nor am I black, but I think I will still be able to relate to the story. And I also think it’s important for there to be more stories about single black mothers, because so often they are stereotyped as anything but loving mothers who are just trying to raise their kids the best they know how. So I don’t have this one yet, but I plan on buying it soon, and I can’t wait!

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I’ll try to stop by your blog! 


1 Comment

  1. Tizzy Brown

    September 5, 2015 at 9:27 am

    That sounds really different. I bet a lot of stories would be interesting to read from the parent's perspective. By the way, I've nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award.

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