Friday, September 27, 2013

Who is AC?

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


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