The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
  

The Shadow Hero

Written by Gene Luen Yang
Illustrated by

Synopsis

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. 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 superhero. The original Green Turtle comic only had a short run, but now Gene Luen Yang has revived the character, creating an origin story for a forgotten hero. Hank just wants to enjoy his quiet life running the family grocery store with his father, but his mother wants him to become a superhero, and to clean up their Chinatown neighbourhood! With artwork by Sonny Liew, this dazzling, funny comic's adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.

Reviews

Praise for Boxers & Saints:

Read this, and come away shaking. --Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt Masterful. --Dave Eggers Remarkable. -- The New York Times

Epic. -- The Washington Post Praise for The Shadow Hero

STARRED REVIEW:

Read this, and come away shaking. --Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt Masterful. --Dave Eggers Remarkable. -- The New York Times

Epic. -- The Washington Post Praise for The Shadow Hero

A golden-age comic superhero returns with a brand new Asian-American origin story . . . An entertaining and intelligent response to classic superhero stories. - Kirkus Reviews

Racism, romance, humor, and identity all play important roles in Yang and Liew's evocation of Hank's life in pre-WWII San Francisco as they create an origin story that blends classic comics conventions with a distinctly Chinese perspective. - Publishers Weekly Praise for Boxers & Saints:

Read this, and come away shaking. --Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt Masterful. --Dave Eggers Remarkable. -- The New York Times

Epic. -- The Washington Post Praise for The Shadow Hero

Abundant humor, strong characters and cracking good action. - The Horn Book

STARRED REVIEW:

Read this, and come away shaking. --Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt Masterful. --Dave Eggers Remarkable. -- The New York Times

Epic. -- The Washington Post Praise for The Shadow Hero

Award-winning author Yang and artist Liew tackle a lesser-known aspect of history, breathing new life into the Green Turtle, a 1940s comic book hero . . . A creative take on the superhero genre. - School Library Journal

A golden-age comic superhero returns with a brand new Asian-American origin story . . . An entertaining and intelligent response to classic superhero stories. - Kirkus Reviews

Racism, romance, humor, and identity all play important roles in Yang and Liew's evocation of Hank's life in pre-WWII San Francisco as they create an origin story that blends classic comics conventions with a distinctly Chinese perspective. - Publishers Weekly Praise for Boxers & Saints:

Read this, and come away shaking. --Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt Masterful. --Dave Eggers Remarkable. -- The New York Times

Epic. -- The Washington Post Praise for The Shadow Hero * Yang and Liew reinvent this character in a brilliant homage that finally allows the Green Turtle to get his long overdue face time. - BCCB, STARRED REVIEW * There's plenty of humor in this lively, entertaining adventure story . . . At its heart, though, this book is a subtle comment on China's changing cultural landscape and growing multiculturism in America. A lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage. - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW The insight into Chinese mafia and 1940s American superhero comic book culture is wonderful. - VOYA

Abundant humor, strong characters and cracking good action. - The Horn Book

STARRED REVIEW:

Read this, and come away shaking. --Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt Masterful. --Dave Eggers Remarkable. -- The New York Times

Epic. -- The Washington Post Praise for The Shadow Hero * Yang and Liew reinvent this character in a brilliant homage that finally allows the Green Turtle to get his long overdue face time. - BCCB, STARRED REVIEW * There's plenty of humor in this lively, entertaining adventure story . . . At its heart, though, this book is a subtle comment on China's changing cultural landscape and growing multiculturism in America. A lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage. - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW The insight into Chinese mafia and 1940s American superhero comic book culture is wonderful. - VOYA

Abundant humor, strong characters and cracking good action. - The Horn Book

STARRED REVIEW:

-What America needs is for people to shed the expectation of translation and immerse themselves in other worlds . . . America has to start somewhere, and I'd recommend The Shadow Hero.- --New York Times

-Gene Luen Yang uses his Chinese heritage to create engaging comics that are deeply personal yet rooted in centuries of stories, fictional and true.- --LA Times

-There's plenty of humor in this lively, entertaining adventure story . . . At its heart, though, this book is a subtle comment on China's changing cultural landscape and growing multiculturalism in America. A lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage.- --Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

-Award-winning author Yang and artist Liew tackle a lesser-known aspect of history, breathing new life into the Green Turtle, a 1940s comic book hero . . . A creative take on the superhero genre.- --School Library Journal

-A golden-age comic superhero returns with a brand new Asian-American origin story . . . An entertaining and intelligent response to classic superhero stories.- --Kirkus Reviews

-Masterful.- --Dave Eggers on Boxers & Saints

-At once humorous and heartbreaking.- --The LA Times on Boxers & Saints

--New York Times

Gene Luen Yang uses his Chinese heritage to create engaging comics that are deeply personal yet rooted in centuries of stories, fictional and true. --LA Times

There's plenty of humor in this lively, entertaining adventure story . . . At its heart, though, this book is a subtle comment on China's changing cultural landscape and growing multiculturalism in America. A lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage. --Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

Award-winning author Yang and artist Liew tackle a lesser-known aspect of history, breathing new life into the Green Turtle, a 1940s comic book hero . . . A creative take on the superhero genre. --School Library Journal

A golden-age comic superhero returns with a brand new Asian-American origin story . . . An entertaining and intelligent response to classic superhero stories. --Kirkus Reviews

Masterful. --Dave Eggers on Boxers & Saints

At once humorous and heartbreaking. --The LA Times on Boxers & Saints

*There's plenty of humor in this lively, entertaining adventure story . . . At its heart, though, this book is a subtle comment on China's changing cultural landscape and growing multiculturism in America. A lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage. --Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

Award-winning author Yang and artist Liew tackle a lesser-known aspect of history, breathing new life into the Green Turtle, a 1940s comic book hero . . . A creative take on the superhero genre. --School Library Journal

A golden-age comic superhero returns with a brand new Asian-American origin story . . . An entertaining and intelligent response to classic superhero stories. --Kirkus Reviews

Read this, and come away shaking. --Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt on Boxers & Saints

Remarkable. --The New York Times on Boxers & Saints

Epic. --The Washington Post on Boxers & Saints *Yang and Liew reinvent this character in a brilliant homage that finally allows the Green Turtle to get his long overdue face time. BCCB, STARRED REVIEW on The Shadow Hero

The insight into Chinese mafia and 1940s American superhero comic book culture is wonderful. VOYA

Abundant humor, strong characters and cracking good action. The Horn Book

STARRED REVIEW: Racism, romance, humor, and identity all play important roles in Yang and Liew's evocation of Hank's life in pre-WWII San Francisco as they create an origin story that blends classic comics conventions with a distinctly Chinese perspective. Publishers Weekly

Masterful. Dave Eggers on Boxers & Saints

At once humorous and heartbreaking. The LA Times on Boxers & Saints

*Yang and Liew reinvent this character in a brilliant homage that finally allows the Green Turtle to get his long overdue face time. BCCB, STARRED REVIEW on The Shadow Hero

*There's plenty of humor in this lively, entertaining adventure story . . . At its heart, though, this book is a subtle comment on China's changing cultural landscape and growing multiculturism in America. A lovingly tongue-in-cheek homage. Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

The insight into Chinese mafia and 1940s American superhero comic book culture is wonderful. VOYA

Award-winning author Yang and artist Liew tackle a lesser-known aspect of history, breathing new life into the Green Turtle, a 1940s comic book hero . . . A creative take on the superhero genre. School Library Journal

Abundant humor, strong characters and cracking good action. The Horn Book

A golden-age comic superhero returns with a brand new Asian-American origin story . . . An entertaining and intelligent response to classic superhero stories. Kirkus Reviews

STARRED REVIEW: Racism, romance, humor, and identity all play important roles in Yang and Liew's evocation of Hank's life in pre-WWII San Francisco as they create an origin story that blends classic comics conventions with a distinctly Chinese perspective. Publishers Weekly

Read this, and come away shaking. Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt on Boxers & Saints

Masterful. Dave Eggers on Boxers & Saints

Remarkable. The New York Times on Boxers & Saints

At once humorous and heartbreaking. The LA Times on Boxers & Saints

Epic. The Washington Post on Boxers & Saints

About the Author

Gene Luen Yang's first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, is now in print in over ten languages and was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award. Yang's other works include the popular comics adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, DC's New Super-Man series, Boxers & Saints, and the Secret Coders series. He is the first graphic novelist to be named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Sonny Liew is a Malaysian-born comic artist and illustrator based in Singapore. He is the author of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, a New York Times bestseller and the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize. His other comics include titles for Marvel, DC, and Image. He spearheaded Liquid City, a comics anthology series featuring creators from Southeast Asia.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
176 pages

Author

Gene Luen Yang
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Publisher

First Second an imprint of Roaring Brook Press

Publication date

7th July 2014

ISBN

9781596436978


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