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Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology (Secret Identities) Paperback – November 6, 2012
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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.)
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
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I could easily see story lines from this collection spinning off into standalone series.
Read this anthology.
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.
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!
The storytelling here is abysmally pointless, and half the time, nonsensical. Some of the stories have nothing clever or interesting until the last panel, so why was so much unnecessary dull buildup needed? Other times, a story will end, and I was left scratching my head thinking "what was the point of that?"
There were maybe three stories I liked through this entire book - One about a korean kid in jail, another about oriental foods protesting their segregation in American supermarkets, and one with a darkly humourous look at sushi. The last two stories I just mentioned were each less than three pages long. In total, that amounts to 13 out of 210 pages of good storytelling.
This complilation, for the vast majority of its contents, is overly artsy-fartsy, incoherent, boring, or some combination of those things. I'm ashamed to have this marketed as an "Asian-American" anthology. If this is the best we have to offer, it is nothing to be proud of.
They need to step it up if they want to do another one.
There are so many AWESOME Asian artists out there too bad the artists WON'T provide the time for this good cause. They should ask the Asian artists at DeviantArt. There's a bunch of good artists there who are hopefully more willing to put out their work.
The story isn't as meaningful as the first one.