Superman Smashes the Klan

Superman Smashes the KlanSuperman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru
Published by DC Zoom on May 12, 2020
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Chinatown to Downtown Metropolis. While Dr. Lee is eager to begin his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy, are more excited about being closer to the famous superhero Superman!
Tommy adjusts quickly to the fast pace of their new neighborhood, befriending Jimmy Olsen and joining the club baseball team, while his younger sister Roberta feels out of place when she fails to fit in with the neighborhood kids. She's awkward, quiet, and self-conscious of how she looks different from the kids around her, so she sticks to watching people instead of talking to them.
While the Lees try to adjust to their new lives, an evil is stirring in Metropolis: the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan targets the Lee family, beginning a string of terrorist attacks. They kidnap Tommy, attack the Daily Planet, and even threaten the local YMCA. But with the help of Roberta's keen skills of observation, Superman is able to fight the Klan's terror, while exposing those in power who support them--and Roberta and Superman learn to embrace their own unique features that set them apart.From multi-award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang comes an exciting middle grade tale featuring Superman.

So I know that for a while it looked like my Goodreads goal for this year was out the window, but I’ve decided to double down on my reading and still try to read as many books as I can during this last quarter of the year.

In the earlier part of the year when the Black Lives Matter movement was huge and a bigger thing. Matt & I purchased several books to educate ourselves on being more anti-racist and what prejudices we might have. Though this book isn’t directly related to black lives. It still deals with the Klan and white supremacy.

I read this book in nearly one sitting, which honestly would have been one sitting if I hadn’t been so tired initially. I especially enjoyed the author’s note at the end of the book relating his own experience with Superman and racism. I would definitely recommend this fun graphic novel read for anyone who like Superman and is interested in more of a lighthearted read regarding the Klan. I enjoyed Gene Luen Yang’s story telling style and was interested in reading a bit more of his work after reading Boxers & Saints, which you can read my review here.


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