The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence

The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence

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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 more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 463 pages
  • 149.86 x 210.82 x 40.64mm | 589.67g
  • Disney Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1423180852
  • 9781423180852
  • 604,525

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When fourteen-year-old American Steven Lee wanders away on a class trip through a Hong Kong museum, he uncovers a secret chamber where scientists are embed- ding the mystical powers of the Chinese Zodiac into maniacal military contractor Maxwell. Steven's unexpected arrival derails the procedure, though, and when two other intruders start a skirmish, the power of the Tiger finds its way into Steven instead. At the same time, other mystical animal energies manage to escape, and Steven is drawn into a battle to stop Maxwell from recapturing them. Now Steven and his two new compatriots are off on a worldwide adventure to discover other young people turned superhero by the Zodiac energy, to convince them to join the fight against Maxwell and his team of warriors, and to save the world. Jam-packed with action scenes and characters with imaginatively conceived powers, this addition to a growing genre of superhero novels will garner a new generation of fans for the venerable Stan Lee. The first in a planned series, the story unfolds along conventional lines-teams gathered, powers explained, battle lines drawn-but offers additional complexity as characters choose which side to join. Steven is the only real kid in the fairly large and diverse cast, and the story isn't always his; the narrative always comes back around to him, though and readers will likely appreciate seeing a teen holding his own against and alongside adults. He's also an engaging hero to root for, equal parts confused adolescent and born leader. Ultimately fun, and at times funny, this is a strong superhero-team story for readers not ready for the bleaker realities of Sanderson's Steelheart (BCCB 1/14) but who want something more complex than Disney's Big Hero 6. Final art not seen. AM BCCB"show more

About Stan Lee

Stan Lee is known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, as well as hundreds of others. He introduced Spider-Man as a syndicated newspaper strip that became the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips and has appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide. Stan currently remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics. He is also the Chairman & Chief Creative officer of POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company based in Beverly Hills, CA.Stuart Moore has been a writer, a book editor, and an award-winning comics editor. His recent writing includes "Civil War," the first in a new line of prose novels from Marvel Comics, The Art of Iron Man 3 (Marvel, with Marie Javins); and THE 99, a multicultural super hero comic from Teshkeel. Andie Tong has worked on titles for various franchises, including Tron: Betrayal, Spectacular Spider-Man UK, The Batman Strikes, Smallville, Wheel of Time, TMNT, Masters of the Universe, and Starship Troopers, working for companies such as Disney, Marvel, DC Comics, Panini, Dark Horse, and Dynamite Entertainment, as well as commercial illustrations for numerous advertising agencies including Nike, Universal, CBS, Mattel, and Habsro. When he gets the chance, Andie concept designs for various companies, and also juggles illustration duties on a range of children's picture storybooks for Harper Collins. Malaysian born, Andie migrated to Australia at a young age, and then moved to London in 2005. In 2012, he journeyed back to Asia and currently resides in Singapore with this wife and more

Review Text

In this series opener that marks Marvel comics legend Lee's debut for kids, 12 people-some heroes, some villains-receive superpowers based on the signs of the Chinese zodiac. The heroes, of course, are the youngest characters in the book. The descriptive prose is as spare and unambiguous as an old-fashioned interactive computer game-think "Zork," from the 1970s. "[The stairway] was made of wood, with a creaky old railing beside it. The walls were worn metal, stained and weathered by time." But the book contains enough fight scenes for several issues of a Marvel comic, and they're joyously inventive. People reveal their characters by the way they fight. A tiny girl with the ability to teleport wins fights by running away, over and over again, until the other person is exhausted; she's the Rabbit. These confrontations aren't described with the clarity Lee and Moore use to talk about the settings. Readers may have to look at a few passages twice to figure out just who hit whom. Fortunately, Tong loves drawing battle scenes. Pages and pages are crammed with energetic black-and-white drawings of people bounding around the room. But the characters are so engaging that the scenes where they're joking around and telling ridiculous stories are more entertaining than the battle sequences. The prose may be too bare-bones for some readers, but the surprises are genuine, and the cliffhangers will bring people back for the next adventure. (Adventure. 8-12)- Kirkusshow more

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