Superman Smashes The Klan
ISBN: 1779504217
EAN13: 9781779504210
Language: English
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Harvey Award winner for Best Children or Young Adult Book

The year is 1946. Teenagers Roberta and Tommy Lee just moved with their parents from Chinatown to the center of Metropolis, home to the famous hero, Superman. Tommy makes friends quickly, while Roberta pines for home. Then one night, the family awakens to find their house surrounded by the Klan of the Fiery Kross Superman leaps into action, but his exposure to a mysterious green rock has left him weak. Can Roberta and Tommy help him smash the Klan?

Inspired by the 1940s Superman radio serial Clan of the Fiery Cross, New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, The Terrifics, New Super-Man) and artist Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Unstoppable Wasp) bring us a personal retelling of two different immigrants finding ways to belong.

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   A Timeless story that shows who the big blue boy scout really is.
What I love about this story is that it is timeless yet has this message of we can do better, which is about as American as it gets. Clark Kent AKA Superman is an immigrant, journalist and superhero who is a symbol. He fears what people will think of him when they know that he is not human. He is afraid of being seen as different so the idea that he gets courage from a girl who is just to brave to be dumped?
Fire, Courage, Heart. A story of adversity, said to have been inspired by a radio serial of the 1940s, but still resonates strongly today. It is read in a single sitting. Highly recommended, highly regulated.
   BLURRY when using comixology on computer
The digital version on comixology is blurry! I read the book on my PC and the images are blurry when using the guided view! It is fine on my phone. I don 't know why it is blurry when I use my computer. Like comixology, it uses the JPG format for computers, but PNGs for phones.
   Amazing Superman Story
Outside of this book, I have read only Dragon Hoops and Avatar by Gene Yang, which are excellent by far. I had read reviews on his Superman's JRJR that were really mixed and passed on it. I decided to give this a shot and was not disappointed except that they made it only into a junior sized TPB. This story is great because it explores the immigrant story of which you have an Asian American family and then Superman. Both come from different universes, but much of what is the same in integrating into the country. You'll have people who accept you for who you are and are willing to learn and understand and those who don 't and never will because of their uniqueness that differs from what they know and are used to. I recommend this story for everyone, but more so for Superman fans and Asian American youth.
   Unfortunately, the old Superman serial radio show is more relevant than ever
This story won't hit the same way in the modern media today, but I am glad Gene Luen Yang is able to tell an updated version of this story. As someone who has never listened to the original, it is amazing to see this very down to Earth family trying to fit in America intertwined with Superman's own struggle with. It is obvious that this story would appeal to me, because not being other in America is something I struggled with for a long time. There are real people and there is a bad evil in this that I am glad they don 't look away. But there is also a real community and cohesion that they focus on more. To me, this is what real America is all about. This book imbues the spirit that makes some of us glad to have found this home. To be in a place with a lot of wrongs, but a place where a real mix feels bigger in this crazy world.
   Nice read
This super graphic novel is best suited for an audience a year or two below the YA level. Story is good and anti-racist messaging is on the point and pacing is very decent and moves at a nice clip. Here here is the striking feature of artwork by Japanese manga duo Gurihiru, who manages to pull an expressive art style that is comfortably between the stylistics of manga and western superheros - comics.
   Fun, satisfying, and important
One of my favorite things about this story is that it is focused on Roberta Lee's sister, who is not even given a name in the original. She deals with a troubled stomach, whoch means she gets easily sick with motion sickness and is also suffering from anxiety and stress. She, herself, feels like she will never belong outside Chinatown. But it is superman who finds his voice, who never returns, who does most of the sleuthing, and who even helps Roberta to some of his own mysteries. She confronts bigots and yells the leaders of the Klan.
   A timely, timeless and complete story
This was a completely different graphic novel, especially because it captures the exact feeling of being an Asian American in America, every character, every situation, every survival and coping technique used to deal with big overt and systematic racism felt honestly too real. Often times, I felt deep anger when reading because these are moments I have dealt and continue to deal with, but Gene does deftly weave in characters and moments that represent the best of America. I particularly loved the new depth gene, which gives Superman's character as an immigrant a new dimension. '' The art style was refreshing and a wonderful look at such an old American story. I hope to see much more from this author, as this is the first DC comic book I bought in my life.
   Big Blue vs white bedsheets
The third act becomes a little comik booky, but it is still an incredible ride. There is something wonderful about seeing Carter, Lois and Jimmy with an actual work dynamic. While it is jarring to see Asian American racism through the eyes of a Tibetan family, this is in many ways the perfect time for this title to have come out.
   Fantastic must read
What an excellent retelling of this radio play, suitable for many ages, leads to great conversations about the past and the present. Can not put it down and also loved the backmatter that went into details about the history of Superman, the KKK and the author's own experience in the United States.