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Product Details

  • Series: Secret Identities
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595588248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595588241
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This second anthology of comics by Asian-American creators focuses on genres from science fiction to fantasy, superhero to historical, slice-of-life and more—a few stories stand out, and a prologue and epilogue tie some of the individual stories together, but the overall quality is uneven. Contributors include such mainstream mainstays as Cliff Chiang, Larry Hama, Sonny Liew, and Sean Chen. The more polished pieces are often a five-to-10-page introduction to a setting and new characters rather than a complete story with an ending.The variety of styles of art is impressive, with some influenced by American comics from all eras of the 20th century, some more evocative of manga, and some more cartoonish. Overall, the impression is more of a collection of portfolio pieces than a tightly edited anthology despite the talent on display. (Nov.)

From Booklist

The editorial team that assembled the acclaimed Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology (2009) teams up again here. While Secret Identities used the conventions of superhero comics to feature Asian American heroes (whether or not they had superpowers), Shattered cleverly organizes its stories by the five “demons,” or stereotypes, it wishes readers to conquer: the Asian as stoic brute, mindless brain, exotic temptress, mysterious foreigner/alien, and master manipulator. Many of the characters and intertwining plotlines here were first introduced in Secret Identities, so it makes sense to be familiar with the first collection before diving into this one. As with any anthology, some of the stories are more successful than others, but all of them speak the international language of heroism in discussing identity as a sum of values, not ethnicity. Coupled with its predecessor, this title is a must-have for libraries serving Asian American communities in addition to those with a large comics fan base. --Candice Mack

More About the Author

Gene Luen Yang began making comic books in the fifth grade. He has since written and drawn a number of titles. His 2006 book American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New. His 2013 two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints was nominated for both the National Book Award and the LA Times Book Award. Gene currently writes the graphic novel continuation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Shadow Hero, his recent comic book series with Sonny Liew, revives the Green Turtle, an obscure 1940s character who is arguably the first Asian American superhero. The Shadow Hero is now available as individual digital issues via Amazon Kindle. The print trade paperback collection will be released on July 15, 2014.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Manuel Zuniga on February 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
You know, it's hard to choose a favorite, but if pressed, I really enjoyed the visuals and narrative of Metatron, very minimalistic and encouraged the reader to "fill in the blanks" with their imagination. Tantalized by The Merciful, because I wanted to know more. I liked Qi Lai because I have a soft spot for post-apocalyptic zombie fiction. Amused by the satire of The Shadow Hero and Occupy Ethnic Foods. I found the epilogue illustrating the story of the Vilcek Foundation, a funder for this project, important to help develop the context of why a project like Shattered is valuable.

I could easily see story lines from this collection spinning off into standalone series.

Read this anthology.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By smurfish on February 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is an anthology of some of Asian America's best and brightest artists and writers. This dude that did the only other review--I don't even know if he flipped through it, my man is on some Haterade. This thing's got industry mainstays Bernard Chang (Superman, X-Men, Deadpool), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Sean Chen (Avengers, Iron Man, Wolverine), Greg Pak (World War Hulk, X-Men) Sonny Liew (Malinky Robot), Glenn Urieta (X-Babies), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) and the legendary Larry Hama (G.I. Joe).

My man didn't even read this thing. It's an anthology, so there's a variety of styles and perspectives. You're not supposed to like all of them, they are each unique in their own right. That's what makes this book interesting. It's not perfect by any means, nor does it try to be. But, it's a great read with some great artwork. Fun, and worth the time. Stop hatin' bruh bruh.
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I had no idea there were so many Asian Americans making such quality work!
This graphic novel has such a wide variety of tone and feel.
A mixed bag as you would imagine from an anthology, but nothing is terrible here. Each reader will get something different out of this of course.

Some insightful writing, some social commentary, some great art, some great action, all wonderful quality and passion.
Each writer and artist, in some cases they are one in the same, bring a unique feel to their particular tale all with the goal of broadening the scope of perception.

I would love to see more of this!

High recommendation.
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