Sunday, May 22, 2022

From The Bookshelves: Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang


Sometimes you're in the mood for an immigration story but you're not feeling nonfiction or even a novel. Enter the comic book. Superman Smashes the Klan is authored by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru. Check out this pitch:

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.

Need a song accompaniment to your comic book reading? Superman Es Ilegal, sung by Los Hermano Ortiz, is your obvious pick.

In reading about this book, I couldn't help but become intrigued by Gene Luen Yang's earlier work: American Born Chinese which he both authored and illustrated. This graphic novel intertwines the stories of three different characters, one of who is "Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school."

How'd you like that? Sunday night double feature on immigration-related graphic novels. Now go out there and READ!


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