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Green Lantern: Legacy



by
Minh Lê
illustrated by
Andie Tong

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
DC Comics
Imprint
DC Zoom
ISBN
9781779503671
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Mild Violence
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Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham lives in the apartment above his grandmother’s store, where his bedroom is crammed with sketchpads and comic books. But not even his most imaginative drawings could compare to the colorful adventure he’s about to embark on.

When Tai inherits his grandmother’s jade ring, he soon finds out it’s more than it appears. Suddenly he’s being inducted into a group of space cops known as the Green Lanterns, his neighborhood is being overrun by some racist bullies, and every time he puts pen to paper, he’s forced to confront that he might not be creative enough or strong enough to uphold his ba’s legacy. Now Tai must decide what kind of hero he wants to be: will he learn to soar above his insecurities or will the past keep him grounded?Glossary of Vietnamese words. Full-color illustrations.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

144

Trim Size

8" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

3.4: points 1

Lexile

GN590L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2020

Book Genres

Fantasy, Graphic Novels

Topics

Inheritance and succession. Superheroes. Superpowers. Immigrants.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

Lê and Tong reimagine the Green Lantern as a 13-year-old Vietnamese American boy. Tai Pham is at a crossroads, torn between the guidance of his late paternal grandmother, or Bà Noi, whose welcoming presence held the neighborhood together, and tech mogul Xander Griffin, who wants to rebuild Coast City without regard for those already there. Tai learns that his grandmother was a member of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic peacekeeping force. He inherits her magical lantern and ring and, just as she did, takes an oath to fight evil, but can he protect his family and his community? Xenophobes vandalize his family’s store, telling the Phams, refugees from the war in Vietnam, to “go home.” And Xander’s ambitious vision may irrevocably alter Coast City. Tong’s angular illustrations convey body language beautifully and work in tandem with Lê’s characterizations, from awkward and uncertain Tai to self-assured Xander to formidable but loving Bà Noi. Colorist Sarah Stern’s work is masterly; she employs playful spots of green leading up to the splashy, glowing Green Lantern scenes, and dramatic reds, oranges, and yellows during flashbacks. While Lê and Tong keep the explosive action coming, they also tell an intimate story about living up to the traditions that are handed down to us and creating our own legacies. Sci-fi and adventure are flashy vehicles for a tale about power and compassion—and the importance of service to others. Here is a Green Lantern story where owning a magic ring is the least extraordinary thing about the heroes.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Lê and Tong reimagine the Green Lantern as a 13-year-old Vietnamese American boy. Tai Pham is at a crossroads, torn between the guidance of his late paternal grandmother, or Bà Noi, whose welcoming presence held the neighborhood together, and tech mogul Xander Griffin, who wants to rebuild Coast City without regard for those already there. Tai learns that his grandmother was a member of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic peacekeeping force. He inherits her magical lantern and ring and, just as she did, takes an oath to fight evil, but can he protect his family and his community? Xenophobes vandalize his family’s store, telling the Phams, refugees from the war in Vietnam, to “go home.” And Xander’s ambitious vision may irrevocably alter Coast City. Tong’s angular illustrations convey body language beautifully and work in tandem with Lê’s characterizations, from awkward and uncertain Tai to self-assured Xander to formidable but loving Bà Noi. Colorist Sarah Stern’s work is masterly; she employs playful spots of green leading up to the splashy, glowing Green Lantern scenes, and dramatic reds, oranges, and yellows during flashbacks. While Lê and Tong keep the explosive action coming, they also tell an intimate story about living up to the traditions that are handed down to us and creating our own legacies. Sci-fi and adventure are flashy vehicles for a tale about power and compassion—and the importance of service to others. Here is a Green Lantern story where owning a magic ring is the least extraordinary thing about the heroes.

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