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Will Supervillains Be on the Final?: Liberty Vocational Volume 1 Paperback – April 26, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Liberty Vocational (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345516567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345516565
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yishan Li is a professional manga artist whose work has been published in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and China. For several years she created the monthly strip The Adventures of CG! for CosmoGIRL.com. Her Beijing-based company, Yishan Studio, has published a number of manga titles in the United States.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Itinerant Bookaholic on August 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
This was just really cute. We're in a world where everything is exaggerated -- call it a teen-girl-psychology version of superhero-land. Our protagonist faces her first day at a top-ranking superhero college -- her parents were just regional heroes, so she feels out of her league, not to mention the fact that she's younger than everyone there! Of course, everything goes wrong. She's late, she gets lost, she embarrasses herself in front of everyone (including the hot guys) -- much cute blushing and teenage agony follows, manga-style.

I can't say this is groundbreaking or anything, but I enjoyed it a lot -- it's light and funny and has a nice friendly feeling to it. I look forward to the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Edmonds on May 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Liberty Vocational is not your typical college. Why, you ask? Because it is where young superheroes go to learn how to use their powers to the best of their abilities. Leah Taymore has just started at Liberty Vocational, but her biggest challenge isn't learning how to use her extraordinary atom manipulation powers without causing a catastrophe, it's learning how to get through the day without causing a catastrophe just on her own. Add in to the mix cute boys, an adviser who may not want to advise her and a dean who may be out to get her, and Leah doesn't always have the best days. Then there's Bane. A supervillain of some notoriety who has infiltrated Liberty Vocational with some secret agenda all his own...

Will Supervillains Be on the Final? is cute. Compared to Novik's Termeraire series, it seems to fall a little short for me, but that may be more of the fact that I don't think I'm entirely the target audience, but I can appreciate it for what it is. You can tell that Novik is having fun with her characters and their situations. Leah's goofiness fits her well as she tries to navigate through a life that is entirely new to her. The supporting cast can sometimes be a little over the top, but that's really the point. The book is done in a manga fashion (which lends itself very well to this story), so in my limited manga-reading experience this seems to be true to how they are written, so manga fans should really enjoy this. Yishan Li's art is crisp and clean, and easy to follow throughout most of the book. Novik's Temeraire fans (more the girls than the guys, although the questions of the morality of superheroics might prove to be interesting to the male set, too) should probably give this a try as well, just to see how Novik can stretch her writing muscles.

Nothing challenging here, but something fun all the same.
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I enjoyed this quite a bit, and would definitely pick up more volumes in the series if they should appear. The story's simple in concept: in a world where there are superheroes (and, of course, supervillains), not only are there societal issues surrounding them but there are schools set up to train the next generation. Our heroine, whose power has to do with being able to manipulate matter - a potentially devastating power that she isn't able to wield very effectively yet - is starting out at Liberty Vocational, and her first few days are full of embarrassing missteps. She barely manages to avoid getting thrown out, and makes a friend or two, but something's clearly out of whack here - and the reader gets to find out more about this, though Leah herself does not. Makes for some interesting suspense.

The school offers classes ranging from "costume design" (hee!) to strategy and tactics - and a class on superhero ethics, in which the instructor has an agenda of his own. His first lecture brings up the topic of collateral damage (i.e. the possible deaths of civilians) vs. the success or failure of the mission, with strong hints that perhaps Saving The Day may not always be the best decision; pretty heavy stuff for what started out as a fish-out-of-water comedy...

Nice mix of humor, character relationships, action, and villains-with-intriguing-motivations. [Speaking of which - if you'd like to read more about Alexander Bane, Novik's short story "Rocks Fall" can be found in the anthology The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius. It's a very intense story, taking some of the darker elements that were barely hinted at in the manga and expanding on them.]
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By Blue Meeple on August 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Leah's parents are thrilled when she's accepted to Liberty Vocational, a prestigious college for young superheroes. Unfortunately as soon as the school year begins, everything starts going wrong.

I picked it up because I like Naomi Novik, not because I'm especially interested in superheroes or manga. It's a cute story with cute characters and cute art (manga really isn't my favorite style). I'll read the other books in the series if I run across them, but I won't go out of my way.
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By MarshMilla on August 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
My daughter enjoyed this very much and wishes there were more volumes! There are lots of elements to appeal to a 13-year-old: being embarrassed and surviving, a girl with super powers, possible crushes, and, of course, the chance for the underdog to triumph over evil. I hope more volumes are coming.
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