With a seemingly endless string of superhero movies the last few years, comic books and graphic novels on which they’re often based have seen increased popularity among children.

But can these comic books help your child improve their reading – or even, inspire their love of it?

A recent article in Scholastic Parents, the longstanding publishing and education company, says that because children are drawn to visual media, comic books and graphic novels can help turn your child into a super reader.

In part, that’s because children slow down and look at the images to truly understand the plot which helps them with critical thinking, sequencing, imagination, storytelling and creativity.

And not all comic books include graphic story lines, Scholastic notes, so parents can find all types of sotires – including Shakespearean plays – presented in comic book form.

Here’s a list of El Paso area comic book stores to help get you started finding the best books for your child – or your inner child.

All Star Comics & Games

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday;  noon-5 p.m. Sunday

4406 Dyer; 915-562-0443

@allstarelpaso on Facebook

Asylum Comics

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday and Monday

5360 N. Mesa; 915-875-8600

@asylumcomicseptx on Facebook

Black Sheep Comics

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m Sunday; closed Monday

1491 N. Lee Trevino; 915-235-7872

@blacksheepcomicselpaso on Facebook

Comics, Cards, & Collectibles

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday

9477 Dyer; 915-755-6877

@Comics-Cards-Collectibles on Facebook

Linear Comics & Games

Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

9155 Dyer; 915-275-5234

linearcomicsandgames.com

@linearcg on Facebook

Lost Dog Comics

Hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; closed Sunday

9627 Sims; 915-444-8314

@lostdogcomics on Facebook

Mayhem Toyz & Comics

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday

2200 N. Lee Trevino; 915-595-6762

@mayhemtoyz on Facebook

Mr. Robot Toyz & Collectibles

Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday

1530 Lomaland; 915-500-5031

mrrobottoyz.com

@Mr.RobotToyz on Facebook

Old Major Comics

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursay-Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday

10780 Pebble Hills; 915-449-0990

@Comic-Bookstore/Old-Major-Comics on Facebook

Rebels Comics

Hours: noon-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-7 p.m. Sunday

12400 Montwood; 915-594-2977

@RebelComiks on Facebook

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