The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero Cover

The Shadow Hero

By Gene Luen Yang; Sonny Liew (Illustrator)

First Second, Paperback, 9781596436978, 158pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 2014


Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

A "New York Times" bestseller

In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity... The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of "American Born Chinese," Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in "Shadow Hero," a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

With artwork by Sonny Liew, this gorgeous, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.

About the Author
Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He began drawing comic books in the fifth grade, and in 1997 he received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, "Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks". He has since written and drawn a number of titles, including "Duncan s Kingdom", "The Rosary Comic Book", "Prime Baby" and "Animal Crackers". "American Born Chinese", his first graphic novel from First Second, was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won an Eisner for "The Eternal Smile", a collaboration with Derek Kirk Kim. He is the author of the Secret Coders series (with artist Mike Holmes) and has written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sonny Liew was born in Malaysia, but he now lives in Singapore. He has worked on comics, computer games, and illustrations for many different comic and game publishers. He has been a featured illustrator in the critically acclaimed Flight series.

Praise For The Shadow Hero

Praise for Boxers & Saints: “Read this, and come away shaking.” --Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Schmidt “Masterful.” --Dave Eggers  "Remarkable.” --The New York Times “At once humorous and heartbreaking.” --The LA Times "Epic.” --The Washington Post

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014

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