Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Reviewed by Shappy
Gene Luen Yang has become one of the most celebrated artists in the graphic novel scene today. American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award. His latest release, Boxers and Saints, has also been nominated for the National Book Award. It’s a stunning piece of work. It tells the story of the Boxer Rebellion from the perspective of two young people from both sides of the conflict.
In Boxers we meet Bao, who eventually becomes the leader of the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fist which calls upon the power of the Chinese gods to resist the Christian colonization of China. Yang’s style of drawing is very clean, almost like animation cells, and the use of muted colors during the realistic scenes only makes the colors pop even more as…
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