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The Sons of Liberty #1 by Alexander Lagos

The Sons of Liberty #1

by Alexander Lagos

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The Sons of Liberty is a different kind of super hero comic. At least, it's a different compared to the stereotype that I probably base that opinion on. It takes place in the 1700's, in the United States, and has a major focus on history and the politics of the time. Primarily because it is about two young slave boys and their attempt to escape their plantation. I'm not an expert on the genre, but I appreciate the added depth, for the same reasons I appreciated Neil Gaiman's Sandman series.

The art is also spectacular. It's done in full color, extremely bright and vivid, so it does a great job of catching the eye. The use of color is brilliant, the artist uses a limited palette on different sections of the story to really set the mood, and it works perfectly.

If you haven't explored comics or graphic novels yet, I'd probably point you in the direction of graphic memoirs like Persepolis, Fun Home, etc. But for those who are a bit more adventurous, I would absolutely recommend this series. ( )
  Ape | Jun 14, 2015 |
  BRCSBooks | Apr 7, 2014 |
Cool cover, interesting concept, weird book. Clearly set up to be a series so I'll hold judgement on it being genius or just odd when the next comes out. Also thought the art was not as strong as it could be. Lettering also needed to be bigger, better. ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
Lagos, A., & Lagos, J. (2010). The Sons of Liberty. New York: Random House.

Appetizer: Set in 1760, Brody and Graham are young slaves on the horrendous Mr. Sorenson's plantation. After an accident in which they hurt Sorenson's vile son, the two must run away. Pursued by the villainous Walker, who works for Sorenson, and his many dogs, the two try to take refuge on the lands of Benjamin Franklin (Yes, that Benjamin Franklin!).

The two boys do not find any respite though, because they are captured by Franklin's mad son, William, who has been doing experiments with electricity and killing many animals in a cabin on the Franklin land. William does not hesitate to experiment on the two boys.

Benjamin Franklin does manage to find and save Brody and Graham, but the boys are changed. They can leap across the river with almost no effort.

Franklin and his friend Benjamin Lay vow to protect the boys and prepare them for a great future, fighting to create a country where slaves can be free.

In the spirit of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter or Quinten Tarantino's Django Unchained, The Sons of Liberty draw inspiration from history to create a superhero origin story that is both inspiring and empowering. The website for the book series, http://www.thesonsoflibertybook.com, is pretty great. And although it wasn't online while I was writing this post, they're developing a fact vs. fiction page that could be a great resource for students.

While I loved the story, I do have to admit, I felt like the way the graphic novel came together was not 100% clear. I found that I had to read it more slowly than I would other graphic novels to make certain I was following. There were some gaps in the text during which characters would be in surprising places without explanation (William going from the Franklin home to Fort Ticonderoga...I missed that development). There was also a flashback within a flashback that was a little disconcerting.

The second book in this series is Death and Taxes. I'll check it out because I want to get to more of the superheroing and see the push toward freedom. ( )
  SJKessel | Jul 6, 2012 |

"The storytelling, both in its text and art, is poor. The story plods along, introducing characters and situations bit-by-bit that go nowhere, promising a payoff that never comes in this volume. [...] The coloring is more complex than the static and unclear pencil work it supplements, and the colorist has a strange habit of choosing one color for each page and bathing everything in shades of that color. Some pages are yellow, or blue, or purple-tinged; there is never a balanced mixture of colors, leaving each page feeling either washed-out or too dark. This is particularly harmful in the action sequences, which are unclear and poorly paced to begin with.

Overall, the book feels incomplete; incomplete visually, emotionally, and most of all, plot-wise. Everything is setup for future volumes, and we never actually see the heroes that are promised to us by the cover illustration, merely two scared little boys." ( )
  lampbane | Jan 20, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375856676, Paperback)

Forget everything you thought you knew about America's early days-history packs a punch in this full-color, two-fisted, edge-of-your-seat adventure!

Graphic novels are a revolution in literature, and The Sons of Liberty is a graphic novel like no other. Visual and visceral, fusing historical fiction and superhero action, this is a tale with broad appeal-for younger readers who enjoy an exciting war story, for teenagers asking hard questions about American history, for adult fans of comic books, for anyone seeking stories of African American interest, and for reluctant readers young and old.

In Colonial America, Graham and Brody are slaves on the run-until they gain extraordinary powers. At first they keep a low profile. But their mentor has another idea-one that involves the African martial art dambe . . . and masks.

With its vile villains, electrifying action, and riveting suspense, The Sons of Liberty casts new light on the faces and events of pre-Revolution America, including Ben Franklin and the French and Indian War. American history has rarely been this compelling-and it's never looked this good.

For more information and exclusive content, visit thesonsoflibertybook.com

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"Graham and Brody are runaway slaves, fleeing a cruel master and his slave hunter. Before they left, they were instructed to find the abolitionist Benjamin Lay, but first they encounter none other than Benjamin Franklin. Unfortunately, his son, William, has been using his father's discoveries in electricity to play Dr. Frankenstein and subjects the two boys to electrical experiments. After they recover, they find out that they have gained an inexplicable and ill-defined set of superpowers."--Amazon.com.… (more)

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