Yang, Gene Luen and Illustrated by Liew, Sonny The Shadow Hero GRAPHIC NOVEL 176 pgs. First Second, 2014. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 Violence: PG13
Inspired by an obscure 1940s comic, this book presents the
origin story of a superhero. The Green Turtle is the son of a Chinese immigrant.
Their family is experiencing the injustice of the local Chinese gangster bullies when
his mom comes up with a plan for him to become something better than a grocer,
like his beloved father. Supported by an animal spirit from China, Green Turtle
has some decisions to make about just what kind of superhero and leader he
This was a fantastic graphic novel and an amazing start to a series. It is interesting, funny,
and well written. The artwork is stellar with variety of presentation and high quality
craftsmanship. I love the back story and inspiration. I
think students will enjoy this story and the art style, which is modern yet pays tribute to old school comics at the same time.
HS – ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian