The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew
Gene Luen Yang is best known for writing American Born Chinese which was the first (and only) graphic novel to win the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award. In 2014 he released old school superhero graphic novel with Sonny Liew, The Shadow Hero. What's interesting about this read is that it based on an already existing superhero The Green Turtle. In 1944 Chu Hing, one of the first Asian Americans to work in comic books, created the character. The rumor is that Hing wanted the character to be Chinese, but his publisher at the time said there was no market for an Asian superhero. A few issues were made, but he had no success. The back matter of The Shadow Hero goes deeper into Hing's story. Yang and Liew decided to take this forgotten character, give him a full origin story immersed in Chinese tradition, and release him out into the world. When speaking of his new diverse comic to SLJ Yang said, "As a superhero fan, I find myself reading more diverse superheroes, maybe because more of them exist now." He's definitely doing his part to diversify comics. (Read the full SLJ interview here)
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Smith and Adrian Alphona
As we head to Summer Reading this year let's keep our eyes peeled for even more super graphic diversity for our patrons.