Parents' Guide to

Superman Smashes the Klan

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Asian American teens and Superman vs. racism in retro tale.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

a great lesson wrapped in a fantastic story with gorgeous art

I purchased this book because of the timeliness of the message, hoping that it would help me facilitate important conversations with my son. I am so happy I did! The story is wonderfully written, with multiple characters growing and evolving as the plot unfolds. We even get a bit of Superman's origin story, which is good fun. On top of the great story written by Gene Luen Yang, the art by Gurihiru is eye candy. Finally, there are a few pages of thoughtfully-written historical perspective at the end of the book.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Depending on the whims of their creators, superheroes are highly changeable, and this bighearted historical tale makes perfect use of an American icon. Writer Gene Luen Yang and illustration team Gurihiru bring postwar Metropolis to exuberant life in Superman Smashes the Klan, with deft characterizations of new or familiar supporting cast members and an inviting, manga-influenced art style. There's been a long debate whether the Man of Steel is too much a Goody Two-shoes, but Yang finds an unbendable center of goodness in the character that makes him stand up for the underdog.

The graphic novel also explores Superman's status as an immigrant, giving the book a welcome sense of relevance. Longtime fans will be pleased, and newcomers will enjoy this retro adventure.

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