Author: Stan Lee, Stuart Moore
Illustrator: Andie Tong
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Disney Press
Stan Lee presents a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure!
When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.
Stan Lee, (yes, THE Stan Lee) has brought us a new book with Marvel comic author Stuart Moore and illustrator Andie Tong. The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence is an action packed novel targeted to ages 8-12. The basis of the novel is that the supernatural powers of the Chinese Zodiac have been released and now are held with in within a few choice people from around the world. And as it is with superpowers, some choose to use those powers for good, and some choose to use their powers for evil.
It’s not a graphic novel, but every few pages contain a great accompanying illustration, like the one below.
As you can see above, the illustrations are powerful action shots of the characters facing off. In this one you can see two characters ready to spar with their Zodiac animals summoned to provide supernatural assistance. The dragon rises above while the tiger paw is shown to the right in their aura states.
Our main character, Steven Lee, has managed to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time at the start of the book, interrupting a ceremony designed to release the supernatural animal powers of the Chinese Zodiac. Upon gaining the power of his birth sign, the tiger, he’s forced to choose between joining the evil Maxwell who is conducting the ceremony and a team who is trying to stop him.
In this introductory book we’re being introduced to lots of characters and throughout we eventually meet all twelve of the people who have Zodiac powers and we see how some of those powers match up to each other in battle.
It’s an exciting book to start what looks to be a fun series. While I award the book all 5 stars for it being great for the age group it was designed for, more experienced adult readers might find the overall blueprint of the story a little predictable. There is redemption in the final pages, so it’s worth the ride, adults. The final moments set up what will be a great second book. I can’t wait to hand this book off to my 5th grader and I can’t wait to read the next one.
I give The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence 5 out of 5 stars.
The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence is available from Amazon! Here’s a link!