Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
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Shadow Hero Review

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny LiewThe Shadow Hero (2014)
by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew

The Shadow Hero is based on golden-age comic The Green Turtle, whose hero solved crimes and fought injustice. But this masked crusader was hiding more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity…The Green Turtle was the first Asian American superhero.

Seventy years later, Gene Luen Yang revives this nearly forgotten, pioneering character and creates an origin story for the golden-age Green Turtle.

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4 Stars - Recommended

Graphic Novel Review

Shadow Hero is a fun superhero story with great family dynamics and a lot of humor. Hank’s mom is a powerful force, and her prodding to make Hank a superhero keeps the story moving at a fast clip. Their interactions will make you laugh, as will the quiet reactions of Hank and his dad in the background.

Shadow Hero reclaims a little known figure from golden age comics and brings his story into the limelight. Yang and Liew bring us the origin story of the first Asian American superhero. The comic works in details from immigrant life at the time, and Hing’s artwork provides a vivid vintage feel. It’s a fascinating look into the history of comics, containing an excerpt from the original Green Turtle comics and research notes. We need more kinds of stories in the comic world, and Shadow Hero is a welcome addition.

Recommended for:
Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang* Light, funny superhero story
* Charming family relationships
* Cultural reclaiming of golden age comics

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Read for the 2015 Eisner challenge
2015 Eisner Nominee: Best Publication for Teens

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Rocket Raccoon Review

Rocket Raccoon by Skottie YoungRocket Raccoon, Vol. 1: A Chasing Tale
by Skottie Young, art by Filipe Andrade (2015)

Rocket Raccoon has been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a heartthrob to many intergalactic females, but his high-flying life of adventure may be a thing of the past when he’s framed for murder. And the authorities aren’t the only one on his tail! (Get it? Tail?)

The real killer is an imposter who seems to be one step ahead of Rocket at every turn. It’s up to our hero and his best pal Groot to find the truth!

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4 Stars - Recommended

Graphic Novel Review

If you loved the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, you’ll love Rocket Raccoon too. It delivers everything: action-packed combat, epic space battles, snark galore, and an unrestrained sense of lighthearted fun that makes it a joy to read. You can’t take it too seriously, but it’s the perfect book to keep you going on a hot summer day.

Rocket Raccoon features cameos from Starlord, Drax, and Zamora, but for the most part it’s Rocket and Groot off on their own adventures. (And really, who doesn’t want that?) Groot fans will get a special treat – the last issue is from Groot’s point of view, with every dialogue bubble and visual text filled with I. Am. Groot. It works surprisingly well, and is the perfect bit of irreverent humor to finish off the volume.

I Am GrootRecommended for:
* Marvel fans
* Anyone seeking a light, fun read
* Comics newcomers looking for an entry point

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Read for the 2015 Eisner challenge
2015 Eisner Nominee: Best New Series

They're Not Like Us by Eric Stephenson
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They’re Not Like Us Review

They're Not Like Us by Eric StephensonThey’re Not Like Us, Volume 1
by Eric Stephenson (July 2015)

We all have advantages over one another, but what if you were capable of things most of us can only imagine? What would you do – and who would you be? A doctor? An athlete? A soldier? A hero? Everyone has to make a choice about how to use the abilities they’re born with… but they’re not like us.

Add to Goodreads or see more reviewsMy result: Not Recommended
2 Stars - Not Recommended

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Batman Death of the Family
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Batman 3: Death of the Family Review

Batman 3: Death of the Family by Scott SnyderBatman: Death of the Family, Volume 3
by Scott Snyder, Art by Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion (2013)

The Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City in this epic that shook Batman to his core! But even for a man who’s committed a lifetime of murder, he’s more dangerous than ever before. How can Batman protect his city and those he’s closest to?

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4 Stars - Recommended

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LGBTQ Charity Giveaway + Light Review

LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway

Today I want to share about a current charity and reading opportunity. Instead of spending $5 on a book this week, donate $5 to an LGBTQ charity of your choice, comment at the giveaway page and be entered in a drawing to win a book from a participating donor. The LGBTQ Push Back Charity Giveaway runs through May 1.

I support equality. I read LGBTQ books. I want diversity in books, of all varieties, and I put my time and money behind what I believe.

And now, a review of a recent LGBTQ read:

Light – Review

Light by Nathan BurgoineRead Light for:
* an out and proud gay lead
* a light and fun superhero story
* relatable, funny characters

Light by Nathan Burgoine (2013)     Add to Goodreads or see more reviews
Kieran Quinn is a bit telepathic, a little psychokinetic, and very gay—three things that have gotten him through life perfectly well so far—but when self-styled prophet Wyatt Jackson arrives during Pride Week, things take a violent turn. 4 Stars - Recommended
My result: Recommended

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Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean