In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.
The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of “American Born Chinese,” Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in “Shadow Hero,” a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.
In case you aren’t aware of what happened, feel free to read the article above, or any of the others listed below. However, I will give a small play-by-play of the facts as well, for those that would like the gist. Just be mindful I’m not censoring for language.
I decided to go on a bit of a rant to discuss reviews that specifically call out a book for being racist, sexist, etc after seeing an author’s comments on Twitter re: the Hale situation. That author basically asked if she should just do nothing when someone accuses her book for being any of those things I mentioned. My answer? Check it out below:
I started to get out of the series game because it was difficult to invest in so many of them or have your heart broken by a book that was great as a standalone but was actually, SURPRISE!, the beginning to a trilogy. I understand the need for some stories to span across multiple books but sometimes all you need is a great tale told in just one shot. I haven’t completely distanced myself from book series and there are some that I wouldn’t mind starting. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday asks for ten new series (at least two years old) that we’d like to start. I don’t have many that fall under this category so I included some 2015 titles as well.