Tag Archives: superheroes

Hero – Fluffy, fun, action. Unusual queer literature.

HERO

Title: Hero
Author: Perry Moore

Summary:  In a world full of superheroes, Thom appears as any average teenager—busy playing basketball, going to school, volunteering, and working.  But as much as Thom appears normal, he’s started to develop powers.  While most people would take this as a blessing, Thom considers it a curse, as his former-superhero father was ostracized due to a botched mission that killed hundreds of bystanders.

Soon, though, Thom is using his powers as part of a team of other superheroes, each with their own secrets and problems.  Unfortunately, being a hero isn’t the only thing he’s hiding from his father — Thom is gay, a fact that threatens to rip his whole life apart.

Six Word Review: Fluffy, fun, action. Unusual queer literature.

How Many Stars Would You Give This Book:  6.5/10 stars.  I liked this book.  It was a fun, light read.  Thom was a great narrator and the story written in a way that not only got readers interested but kept them engaged in the story.  However, it wasn’t a book with a ton of substance, so while it was good for what it was, don’t expect anything else. Continue reading

Rae's Manga Blitz: Tiger & Bunny

Tiger & BunnyTitle:  Tiger & Bunny
Author: Sakakibara, Mizuki
Audience: Teen
Genre: Humor, Action, Superheroes

Summary:  “Superpowered humans known as NEXT appeared in the world 45 years ago. Some of them fight crime in the city  while promoting their corporate sponsors on the hit show Hero TV. The people love their superheroes, even if they don’t completely understand them, and not all of the NEXT use their powers for good. Veteran hero Wild Tiger has years of experience fighting crime, but his ratings have been slipping. Under orders from his new employer, Wild Tiger finds himself forced to team up with Barnaby Brooks, Jr., a rookie with an attitude. Overcoming their differences will be at least as difficult for this mismatched duo as taking down superpowered bad guys!”

Rae’s Review: This is a ridiculous, amazing, and completely over-the-top series.  The artwork is incredibly detailed and the characters fleshed out.  There’s a lot happening in the first volume (as always w/manga!) but I get the feeling all the volumes will be bursting at the seams with action, intrigue, and as many insults as these two can fling at each other…all while making a buck for their “sponsors!”

What Wikipedia Says: Tiger & Bunny
Online Streaming o’ Anime: Free at Hulu.com
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Cracking the Hub: Stargazing Dog, Bomb & Daredevil

I finished The Hub Challenge just before the deadline!
 
 The 22nd book I read was, Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami.
Stargazing Dog made it onto the Great Graphic Novels for Teens this year.  It is the story of a dog who is adopted by a young girl, and the changes he sees his family go through over the years.  His “daddy” – the one who takes him for walks and talks to him – goes through a crisis which leads to a long road trip to Northern Japan on dwindling resources.
 
Even weeks after finishing the book I’m still thinking over how the themes of friendship, death, poverty, homelessness, family, and loyalty were seamlessly woven into this short graphic novel: this thought-provoking story portrays a side of homelessness from the point of view of a loyal pet, and those who read it will likely find themselves more empathetic to the situations of all members of the community.  Also, if you’re following local events, it’s interesting to first read this story set in a different country and then read local news reports about homelessness in the Seattle Community. Continue reading

Homework Help Superheroes Vol. 3

Study IconIf you visit one of 11 Seattle Public Library branches on certain days after school, you’ll witness something amazing: seemingly ordinary, mild-mannered citizens put on capes and tights and transform into superheroes.

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Homework Help Superheroes Vol. 2

Study IconIf you visit one of 11 Seattle Public Library branches on certain days after school, you’ll witness something amazing: seemingly ordinary, mild-mannered citizens put on capes and tights and transform into superheroes.

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Homework Help Superheroes Vol. 1

Study IconIf you visit one of 11 Seattle Public Library branches on certain days after school, you’ll witness something amazing: seemingly ordinary, mild-mannered citizens put on capes and tights and transform into superheroes.

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Four on a Theme: Unusual Superheroes

 Superheroes are a dime a dozen. They may come in a variety of costumes, with a wide range of superpowers, but they’re just about everywhere. And frankly, I find them a little boring. Continue reading