Review: Escape to Gold Mountain, by David H.T. Wong

Sometimes a book’s message is bigger than the sum of its parts.

Such is the case with David H.T. Wong’s historical fiction/non-fiction hybrid graphic novel, Escape to Gold Mountain (I’ve been trying to settle on a format for titles on this blog, and I’ve decided now: books are underlined!) The “Gold Mountain” of the title is the way early Chinese immigrants referred to Canada and the United States. The message of Wong’s book is particularly resonant, not only for those of Chinese descent, but for anyone impacted by immigration today (i.e. everyone.)

Review: Nanjing: The Burning City, by Ethan Young

Another quick graphic novel read and another review. This time, one of World War II’s most infamous atrocities gets a searing and heartpounding treatment from artist-writer Ethan Young in Nanjing: The Burning City.

Review: Superman: Red Son, by Mark Millar

Today, I have learned a trick to keep my pace of reviews up. Graphic novels! If you’ve been reading this blog (and if you’re actually here, you probably have) you’ll know how much I love and respect graphic novels and comics. So I’m not denigrating them, but simply stating the fact that they are much quicker to read than pure text. Up first, I look at one graphic novel with a historical bent. Superman fights for Socialism, Motherland and the Soviet Way in Superman: Red Son, from the Trolltastic Mr. Mark Millar.

(Apologies for the double colons in the title of this post, I’m trying to keep to a consistent format. Yes, I am that anal.)