Stories about Chinese myths, going to a foreign school, and dealing with relatives tied together with a slightly confusing ending.
This graphic novel is one of those books where there are several separate stories that come together at the end. I will call them “the Monkey King story”, “the Jin-Wang story”, and “the Danny and Chin-Kee story”. They appear to have no relation to each other until the climax. The Monkey King story is about the egotistical titular character trying to prove himself to the gods and “He Who Is” in the ancient times. The Jin-Wang story is about the titular character going to an American school from Chinatown, where kids and teachers make fun of him for his ethnicity. Th Danny and Chin-Kee story is about Danny, a boy who has to deal with his cousin, Chin-Kee’s visits. Chin-Kee embodies all of the Chinese negative stereotypes, and only one positive stereotype (He knows about everything except how to be civilized). The Monkey King story is narrarated in the third person, the Jin-Wang story is narrarated in the first person, and the Danny and Chin-Kee story has no narration, but is instead presented as (a parody of) a sitcom, complete with a laugh track at the bottom of the panel, which is genius, showing how nearly every sitcom would present Chin-Kee’s stereotypes as humor. In all three stories, the characters go through a lot of development throughout the book. The Jin-Wang story is obviously the stand-out one, with the Danny and Chin-Kee story being the least interesting until the climax, when it all makes sense, The book has a slightly confusing ending, which you won’t hear about here. This, overall, is a pretty good read. However, in the Monkey King story, a monk gets stabbed through the chest (with blood), so be warned of that.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness