Author: Gene Luen Yang

Graphic Novel Review: The S..

Graphic Novel Review: The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero is a new comic that spins off of a 1940s comic called The Green Turtle. Hank is the main character, who wants nothing more than to take over the shop from his father when he gets older, but his mother has different ideas. When she is rescued from a criminal by a superhero, she realizes that is what her son should be. She makes him a costume and tries some very creative ways to try to give him superpowers. Unfortunately, he’s just normal and fails a bit at being a superhero. Unfortunately, his stunt leads to the […]

Posted July 13, 2014
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Graphic Novel Review: Level..

Graphic Novel Review: Level Up

I loved Level Up for a variety of reasons. I’ve always been a fan of graphic novels and have fallen in love with Gene’s stories and Liam’s illustrations. Having grown up surrounded by video games, but not really a gamer, I still felt a connection to the main character. Dennis is in college for something he doesn’t think he will enjoy, because of a promise he made to his parents and just when he is about to give up and commit his life to video games, four angels come and keep him going. This book is really about finding yourself […]

Posted May 11, 2014
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Graphic Novel Review: Saint..

Graphic Novel Review: Saints

Vibiana never had a name until she became a Christian. Her family always called her Four-Girl because she was the fourth daughter and her grandfather refused to name her or call her anything else. Because she was thought right off to be a devil by her grandfather, she decided to put on a devil's face thanks to the advice of a raccoon. A series of events leads her to become a Christian, mainly for selfish reasons, but all the time guided by this raccoon that is seemingly possessed by some sort of ancient spirit.  Deemed Vibiana, she leaves her home […]

Posted October 26, 2013
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Graphic Novel Review: Boxer..

Graphic Novel Review: Boxers

Boxers is the first in a unique graphic novel series that tells the point of view of the Boxer Rebellion. Little Bao is sick of seeing his countrymen treated poorly by foreign devils and so when a visiting man named Red Lantern arrives in his village, the men in their village jump at the chance to learn kung fu. When the others go off to help Red Lantern with a problem, Little Bao finds himself left behind. He follows the others, but is shooed away and objects are thrown at him, one including a map written by Red Lantern. So […]

Posted October 25, 2013
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Graphic Novel Review: The E..

Graphic Novel Review: The Eternal Smile: Three Stories

I love graphic novels and have been meaning to read The Eternal Smile for some time now. I love that it had three separate stories. The first of which is about a boy named Duncan who lives in a fantasy world to escape the cruel truth of reality. Will he decide to stay there or go back to his own real and crummy life and why? I loved the epicness of this story and the mix of fantasy with realism.  The second story is about Gran'pa Greenbax, who reminds me of Scrooge McDuck, worried about filling his swimming hole with […]

Posted August 2, 2013
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