I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, Andie Tong
Series: Zodiac Legacy, #1
Published by Disney Press on January 27th 2015
When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He'll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence is the first in a series cowritten by Stan Lee and quite a large volume, although I noted that there were a ton of illustrations so reading the book blew by faster than I had thought. Steven Lee is the main character, who is on a field trip when he hears someone screaming, he follows his guide, who disappears as well at that moment. What he discovers is underneath the museum is a man named Maxwell who is trying to take all the Zodiac powers (12 total) for himself. Accidentally, Steven is hit by the beam and becomes the Tiger. Jasmine, the guide who disappeared and appears to be fighting against Maxwell, is a Dragon along with Maxwell. Carlos, the tech guy who was aiding and then betraying Maxwell, escapes with Jasmine and Steven just barely.
Steven’s life is now turned upside down. His parents are more concerned with their own research and don’t mind when he says he’s going to be gone for a while. Jasmine and Carlos have worked with Maxwell for a while and warn Steven that he is evil and trying to take the power for evil, not good. They search for those who may have also been affected when they interrupted the beam that gave the Zodiac powers and must find them before Maxwell does.
So this is a bit of an origin story in the first book. These powers do different things and tend towards people with the personalities that correlate with the different powers and signs. I liked the different cultures of the kids that were given powers, the different backgrounds of each bring something new to the table. I also loved the illustrations throughout the book. It made it feel more comic book like without actually being a comic. Overall, I thought there was enough twists and turns, superhero action, and diverse characters that this makes for an interesting read. It does take a bit to get into as each character is introduced but the different action scenes break up the book and make you want to keep reading.
An action-packed novel about teenagers who gain powers and have to figure out what to do with them and how to work together. A must-read for fans of superheroes.