Reviews City


First some exciting news: The  Amazing Heroes Kickstarter got funded, which means that I’ll soon be able to get my grubby hands on a Shadow Hero Action Figure!


There was also a nice review in the Washington Post which claims that the book is “an inventive and culturally intelligent marvel“, and that “Liew’s beautiful line tips a cap to legendary comics artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.” (!)

Much meaner (and totally wrong and erroneous of course :p) is Paste Magazine, where it’s argued that the Shadow Hero is “a small piece of the larger picture” in Gene’s ouevre, and that the art’s “thick, black outlines and angular faces feel wrong for the subject matter.”

Humbug! :p

Kinder reviews back at the  Storytime Hooligans, as well as Reader of Fictions help dissuade me from Hulk Smashing and/or dissolving into a puddle of thick, black, angular tears 🙂


The Southeast Asian Anthology Liquid City Vol 3 gets a review too on Shelf Awareness, which says that the collection’s theme (“If you knew the world was ending, what would be the story you would most want to tell?“) has “received a lot of amazing responses, from the fantastical and apocalyptic to the realistic and personal.”

Buy it, buy it all!




  1. The book got praise in VOYA, Horn Book, School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Shelf Awareness (and I work for Shelf on the side, and we don’t even touch a book unless we love it), and it got starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, so Paste Magazine is definitely in the minority with their opinion. The Shadow Hero isn’t a minor part of anything; it adds to a huge conversation comic fans are having right now about the role of women and minorities in comics. With Marvel driving comic heroes into the mainstream of pop culture to a degree never seen by those of us who missed the Golden Age, now is the time to talk about the past and insist on a future that features stories from a variety of perspectives. Also, your art kicked butt and fit the story perfectly.

    1. Thanks for the thoughts, Miss Jacki… much as I don’t like em, negative reviews do help me get better as a comics creator, though you have to figure out the valid critiques from the invalid ones. It’s never nice for the ego though, that’s for sure! :p

  2. paste magazine – boo! I agree with all the other reviewers. Especially the esteemed Washington Post! Go Sonny-Gene team! 🙂

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