Anti/Hero

Kate Karyus Quinn

Book - 2020

"Piper Pájaro is strong and longs to be a superhero while Sloane MacBrute puts her smarts to use for her villainous grandfather, but when a mission to steal an experimental technological device brings the two 13-year-old girls face to face with each other, the device sparks and the two girls switch bodies."--Provided by publisher.

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Subjects
Genres
Graphic novels
Comics (Graphic works)
Action and adventure comics
Published
Burbank, CA : DC Comics [2020]
Language
English
Item Description
The word "hero" is written upside down in the title.
Physical Description
155 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Audience
Ages 8-12
Grades 4-6
ISBN
9781401293253
1401293255
Main Author
Kate Karyus Quinn (author)
Other Authors
Demitria Lunetta (author), Maca Gil (illustrator), Sarah (Colorist) Stern (colourist), Wes Abbott (letterer)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Piper and Sloane both want to be superheroes, and both have superhero skills that will get them there. Together, superstrong Piper and supersmart Sloane could be magic, but they aren't friends and don't plan on it, until a piece of technology brings them together—literally!—when they accidentally swap bodies. As they desperately try to switch back, they also try to keep Sloane's evil grandfather far away from the device. Meanwhile, they face some classic middle-grade struggles: they're trying to win Bruce Wayne's school challenge (the prize is a trip to Antarctica!); Piper wants to see her missing parents; and Sloane wants to work around real scientists. Will they be able to keep everything straight so that justice can be done and one of them can win the prize? The artwork is cute, colorful, and very well detailed. The panels are easy to follow and will draw readers into the quick and quirky story. A great read for those who are ready for some new superheroes in the DCU. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Piper and Sloane both want to be superheroes, and both have superhero skills that will get them there. Together, superstrong Piper and supersmart Sloane could be magic, but they aren't friends and don't plan on it, until a piece of technology brings them together—literally!—when they accidentally swap bodies. As they desperately try to switch back, they also try to keep Sloane's evil grandfather far away from the device. Meanwhile, they face some classic middle-grade struggles: they're trying to win Bruce Wayne's school challenge (the prize is a trip to Antarctica!); Piper wants to see her missing parents; and Sloane wants to work around real scientists. Will they be able to keep everything straight so that justice can be done and one of them can win the prize? The artwork is cute, colorful, and very well detailed. The panels are easy to follow and will draw readers into the quick and quirky story. A great read for those who are ready for some new superheroes in the DCU. Grades 3-6. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Two dissimilar super 13-year-olds swap bodies in this introduction to a new East Gotham crime-fighting duo: the Hummingbird and the Gray Owl. Black-clad and pale-haired, loner Sloan MacBrute—known as Gray in the underworld—is the hyperintelligent granddaughter of the villainous Scotsman Bear, often working small jobs for him to help her mother make ends meet. Superstrong Piper Pájaro, of Latinx heritage, lives with her abuelaand police officer uncle, and hopes that her superhero alter ego—the Hummingbird—will draw her absent scientist parents' interest. When each girl sets her sights on nabbing an abandoned medical invention engineered by Piper's parents, a body switch reveals its dangerous power. As they work to repair the broken device and keep it from falling into ill-intentioned hands, the girls' forced alliance helps each develop an appreciation for the other's unique skills and motivations; Sloan worries about her ill mother and her family's damaging legacy, while Piper's feelings of abandonment result in rash actions. Gil's expressive characterization and thoughtful use of color create a distinctly cinematic feel, akin to that of an animated series. For these appealingly rendered opposites, empathy and understanding inspires unexpected friendship and unstoppable heroism. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)¦ Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–6—Two polar-opposite, superpowered 13-year-old girls get in each other's way as they attempt to complete a mission. Popular Piper Pájaro is determined to protect her city as the superhero the Hummingbird, but her lack of control over her super strength has law enforcement dubbing her the Wrecking Ball. Intelligent thief Sloane MacBrute is the essence of suave thanks to her tech gadgetry and stealth. But unlike outgoing Piper, Sloane is a loner, forced into an isolating life of crime in order to take care of her mom. When Sloane's crime lord grandfather demands she steal a mysterious invention for him, Piper's and Sloane's paths collide and they accidentally activate the invention: a body-switching device. Trapped in each other's bodies, the two girls must work together to thwart the senior MacBrute's evil plans. Although the plot is predictable at times, this is a quick, funny read with an empowering message about learning to understand others. At times, the authors use well-worn tropes (Piper's missing parents; Sloane's sick mother) to advance the narrative; at others, they subvert expectations (often kids with troubled family lives are depicted as academic underperformers, but here it's Piper who struggles and Sloane who excels). Gil's vibrant art brings the story to life through contrasting color schemes, skillfully drawn action sequences, and lively facial expressions. VERDICT Fans of the DC Super Hero Girls TV series will find Piper and Sloane a winning duo.—Lara Goldstein, Forsyth County Public Libraries, NC Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Piper Pâajaro is strong and longs to be a superhero while Sloane MacBrute puts her smarts to use for her villainous grandfather, but when a mission to steal an experimental technological device brings the two 13-year-old girls face to face with each other, the device sparks and the two girls switch bodies.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Piper Pájaro and Sloane MacBrute are two 13-year-old girls with very different lives but very similar secrets. Popular, outgoing Piper is strong. Like, ripping-the-doors-off-cars strong. She longs to be a superhero, even if she tends to leave massive messes in her wake. Snarky Sloane, on the other hand, is super smart. Like, evil-genius-smart. To help her family, she has to put those smarts to use for her villainous grandfather.When a mission to steal an experimental technological device brings the two girls face to face with each other, the device sparks, and the two girls switch bodies! Now they must live in each other's shoes as they figure out a way to switch back.Anti/Hero is a story that explores what makes a hero, how one can find friendship where it's unexpected, and what it means to walk in another person's shoes...literally! Authors Kate Karyus Quinn (Another Little Piece, The Show Must Go On) and Demitria Lunetta (The Fade, Bad Blood) make their graphic novel and middle grade debut alongside artist Maca Gil to introduce two new and exciting characters to DC Comics!