Spotlight Read: The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero.  Written by Gene Luen Yang. Drawn by Sonny Liew. July 15th 2014. First Second. Graphic Novel.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.

I absolutely loved this graphic novel. It stars an asian american superhero and Gene Luen Yang has done a fabulous job as writer while Sonny Liew slays on art. My favourite and stand out character is Hank’s mom who reminds me of a combination of different family members. I think readers will like it because of the strong family themes, the characters are so damn likeable, the setting as well as the rich Chinese mythology and, also, it’s just so much fun. I’ve been familiar with Yang’s work and I have yet to be disappointed.

Go out.

Get it.

Read it. 😀

–A. A. Omer

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