Johnny Hiro

Johnny Hiro

(half Asian, All Hero)

Book - 2012
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Johnny Hiro, a hardworking busboy, lives in Brooklyn with his flighty but lovable girlfriend Mayumi. Every day, he struggles to make ends meet while fighting giant monsters, running over rooftops from crazed waiters, fending off businessmen-turned-samurai, or having the occasional conversation with Judge Judy, Coolio, or Alton Brown. With Fred Chao's signature style and laugh-out-loud humor, Johnny Hiro presents the quirky trials and misadventures of a modern-day hero trying to find his slice of the good life.

This delightfully absurdist romp through the trials and chores of living in New York was nominated for four Eisner Awards, including for best new series, and for the Russ Manning Award. It was selected for the anthology Best American Comics 2010 . Prepare to be blown away by the greatest adventure of them all: being an adult.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012, c2009.
ISBN: 9780765329370
0765329379
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly ill. ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Babb, Dylan
Post, Jesse

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Aug 13, 2019

Johnny Hiro by Fred Chao is the type of graphic novel that follows not only a hero but also the generic life that Johnny Hiro lives. The fact that Johnny is your typical young adult who has responsibilities and struggles with real-life situations is what makes him such a likeable character to read about. He is not just like any other superhero; he has no powers and does not search for trouble, however, when he encounters it he is courageous enough to save his loved ones and those in need. The situations he ends up in are almost always too absurd that it makes the entire story seem lighthearted and sometimes even comedic. I believe that the ability to keep the story not too dark is one of the novel’s strongest points. Aside from the humorous aspects, the story still explores the hardships that many characters face. For example, Johnny struggles with being able to support himself and Mayumi while she faces issues at work due to her difficulties with the English language. Overall, I would highly recommend Johnny Hiro to anyone looking for a lighthearted graphic novel. 4/5 stars. @nevertrustaduck of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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