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The Shadow Hero

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Exciting take on a forgotten Asian American superhero.

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THE SHADOW HERO is a clever, heartfelt ode to -- and send-up of -- books from the golden age of comics. Author Gene Luen Yang invents a complex backstory for an obscure comics character from the 1940s, the Green Turtle. He and artist Donny Liew spin an exciting tale of costumed derring-do that plays with the conventions of superhero comics and comments on how Asian Americans were viewed by popular culture in decades past. It's not deep, but it is fun, and enriched by the explanatory essay that concludes the volume.

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