Friday, September 27, 2013
Fans of the sadly defunct Minx comic series are sure to be delighted with Hope Larson's latest graphic novel, Who is AC?
Our heroine is Lin, a teen who has recently moved to a new town. Missing her friends back at home and feeling a bit isolated, she spends most of her time writing about Rhea Ironheart, a swashbuckling heroine who has amazing adventures.
Lin has an adventure of her own when she stumbles upon a robbery at her local photocopy store. She returns a mysterious phone call she'd received earlier, and suddenly she is somehow transformed, through a strange cybernetic cell-phone power, into a superhero. She foils the robbery and discovers an even worse villain lurking in her new town.
This one has so many elements that appeal to me - a strong heroine, a thought-provoking premise, engaging characters, humor, suspense, and surprises along the way. The illustrations are bold and appealing, mainly in black and white but with a few dashes of purple here and there to liven things up. I do hope there will be more AC adventures to come!
Who is AC? by Hope Larson; illustrated by Tintin Pantoja (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013)
Also by Hope Larson:
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel