Book Review: The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero
by Gene Luen Yang
YA F YAN (Graphic Novel)

Crime is running rampant in the neighborhoods around where Hank lives with his parents. His father must pay a monthly bribe to the local thugs to keep his shop open. His mother, meanwhile, wants her son to become more than just a shopkeeper and sews him a superhero costume. What ensues is an action-packed adventure as Hank tries to stand up for his father, face the discrimination piled on Asian Americans of the 1930s and understand his connections to his parents’ homeland, China, and the mysterious powers that brings him. The graphic novel format of this tale works well as the images are alive and captivating.

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