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Shadow Hero-Fainspiration


Author: Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 176

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Synopsis: The story of a self- made Chinese American super hero with a twist of luck.

My Musings: The story begins as a narration of the past where Hank, aka Green Turtle, recollects the backstory of how his parents came to live in America. His father owns a grocery store in Chinatown and his mother house keeps for an American family. The recollection aligns with millions of immigrant tales that has been told over the years.

The real story unfolds, when Hank’s mother is gripped with the idea of him becoming a superhero after being rescued by one herself. After a few failed attempts, Hank gets injured and gives up.

In midst of these ‘ superhero adventures’, his father forgets to pay his monthly ‘due’ for the store and the arrival of the ruling gang of Chinatown, transpires.

Hank then tries to intervene and establish justice towards this corruption, only to have his father dying in the process.

The twist comes around after the death of his father, when he finds out that a shadow of China’s guardian has been within his father. In exchange of sanctuary within Hank’s self, the shadow (which is a turtle) grants him a wish. Hank asks to be invincible from bullets and thus, he gains a super power.

Hank then resurrects his superhero identity and names himself, The Green Turtle. I will not give away the ending only because it was pretty good. So, you have to read it for yourself.

This was a great retelling about the origin of the actual comic, The Green Turtle, from the 1940’s. Also, it worth mentioning that the original first issue of the Green Turtle is at the end of this book. If you are a bit comic crazy like me, you will really like the addition.


You can visit NYPL to borrow a copy or Amazon to find a good price.

Hope you enjoyed!

Bengali Girl

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