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Review: The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore & Andie Tong

The Zodiac Legacy ConvergenceTitle: The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence

Author: Stan Lee, Stuart Moore & Andie Tong (Illustrator)

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

Series: Zodiac (Book #1)

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 488 Pages

ISBN-10: 1423180852 (Disney Press)

ISBN-13: 978-1423180852 (Disney Press)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis:

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 Zodiac.

Quick & Dirty: An action-packed tale of Zodiac-powered superheroes. And villains.

Opening Sentence: There was something odd about the tour guide.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Steven’s dream is to become a hero, just like the characters from the comics he reads. Little does he know that his wish will be granted when magical powers are forced upon him so that he has no choice but to use them. Power comes at a price but there is little question on whether he’ll choose to use the powers for good or evil because Steven is the kind of boy that doesn’t have a bad side to him! He’s determined, loyal, afraid of failure and is searching for a greater purpose; all the qualities required in a hero.

“And,” Steven added, “we can keep her safe from this dude called Maxwell. He wants to lock us all up and train us to be super soldiers, or something.”
“No. Absolutely not.” Ms. LaFleur stared at them. “I may not approve of Roxanne’s clothes, or her style of music, or the fact that she left university after one semester. Or the makeup she slathers onto her face, or the causes she launches onto seemingly on a daily basis, or the career path she seems intent on pursuing despite all rationality and sanity-“
“Maman,” Roxanne said. “The point?”
“But,” Ms. LaFleur continued. “I support her right to do these things. To find her own path in life, to follow her dreams. And no fairy tales about magic Zodiac powers are going to stop her from doing that.”

After reading this book I feel a little guilty for being born in the year of the snake! The story itself is straight forward; a megalomaniac desperately trying to absorb all the powers of the Zodiac so that he can ‘save’ the world. As you are aware, there are twelve zodiac signs, so if each sign represents one, sometimes two people that makes an awful lot of characters to remember! Despite each person having a distinguishing character trait, for example one was a tech-genius and another was a singer with a sonic voice, I struggled to remember who was who.

The illustrations in each chapter greatly helped me visualize the events taking place, in particular the many fighting scenes. The illustrations are in a graphic novel/comic format and I think that will definitely appeal to the younger generation. The action scenes were super-hero-like, full of drama and a splash of comedy, but they soon became repetitive and I was hoping for something more…

This wasn’t a bad story; I just think that because of the way it’s written and the accompanying illustrations, it’s probably aimed at a younger target audience who will find it hard to keep up with the many characters.

Notable Scene:

“What’s going on here?” Steven continued. “Who are you guys? What is the Zodiac, who is that guy buried under the king-size sundial, and why do I have a freaking Tiger inside me now?”

Zodiac Series:

1. The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence

2. The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon Returns

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FTC Advisory: Disney Press provided me with a copy of The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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