Thursday, May 16, 2019

On the Coffee Table: The Shadow Hero

Title: The Shadow Hero
Author: Gene Luen Yang
Artist: Sonny Liew
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American Yang and Malaysian Liew created The Shadow Hero as an homage to the Green Turtle, a Golden Age comic book superhero.  The Green Turtle was an unusual hero for that or any era in that his alias was Asian-American.  Yang provides an origin story for the character, one that digs deep into the seedy underworld of a fictional American Chinatown.

The story's a lot of fun and the artwork engaging.  Liew's work reminds me of Rob Guillory's Chew illustrations.  Guillory is the younger artist so, if anything, the influence probably went the other way.  The volume includes historical information about the 1940s series as well as a nine-page, reprinted original story.


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    1. I can see that. Not quite as dark in atmosphere but it's similar.

  2. I never got into comics much, except for Mad Magazine. Like the tie back to the 40s and the heyday of such stories within the genre.

    1. Comic books have been a middle age discovery for me. My buddy Mock got me into them though, as with many good things, I have my wife to thank for this particular find.