Sunday, May 30, 2010

Book Review- The Sons of Liberty (Graphic Novel)

By Alexander Lagos and Joseph Lagos
Illustrated by Steven Walker and Oren Kramek
Published by Random House Teens
Released on May 25th, 2010
Source- Random House
3 stars - It was a good read

Forget everything you though you knew about America's early days-history packs a punch in this full color, two fisted, edge-of0your-seat adventure!

Graham and Brody are runaway slaves blessed with extraordinary powers. At first they keep a low profile. But their mentor has another idea, one that involves the African martial art dambe..and masks.

Visual and visceral, this is a tale that could only be told as a graphic novel. With it's vile villains, electrifying action, and riveting suspense, The Sons Of Liberty casts new light on the faces and events of pre-Revelultion America, from Ben Franklin to the French and Indian War. American history has rarely been this compelling-and it's never looked this good. (taken from the cover)

What do you get when you mix beloved American history, with character's who have paranormal powers? You get a dark, edgy, riveting, action packed graphic novel.

The story follows two young male slaves who are on the run. When someone tries an experiment on them, they are left with little memory and super human powers. The novel opens with some scenes from 1777, and as we journey through the novel, we will see life as it was in 1760, the start of the boy's story.

Shady deals, the fight to free slaves, Benjamin Franklin's journey for a better America, life as a slave and the war with England are just a few topics found within this novel. I think The Sons of Liberty will be quickly swept up by those who not only love graphic novels, but those who like history books with a twist. Marvel comic fans will love the illustrations, as they're done by Marvel comic veterans. This is a graphic novel I'd recommend for those 14 years and older.

You can find out more information about The Sons Of Liberty here
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