Anti/Hero by Kate Karyus Quinn, Demitria Lunetta, Maca Gill

Antihero DC Comics

Information

Goodreads: Anti/Hero
Series: None
Source: Library
Published: April 2020

Summary

Piper is a thirteen-year-old with super strength trying to become a hero. Sloane is her classmate, doing odd jobs for a supervillain known as the Bear, so he won’t hurt her mom. When the two collide during a robbery, their bodies are switched by a powerful scientific device. Now, they have to work together to fix the device and keep it away from the Bear–all while trying to pretend to be each other. An original middle-grade graphic novel from DC Comics.

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Review

Anti/Hero introduces readers to two characters new to the DC universe: Piper Pájaro, a young teen hoping to become a superhero, and her classmate Sloane MacBrute, a teen genius reluctantly on her way to becoming a supervillain. When they switch bodies courtesy of a scientific device, the two learn that they may not be as different as they thought. Anti/Hero is the perfect tween superhero story–by turns funny, thoughtful, and heartwarming. This one is sure to make you feel all the emotions.

I fell in love with both Piper and Sloane from the start. Even though they perceive themselves to be very different from one another–Piper is athletic, has a stable home life in a nice house, and is struggling in school, while Sloane is a genius who lives with her mom in the poorer part of town and struggles with gym class–it is evident they both share the same heart. Both want to do the right thing and protect others: Piper by becoming the superhero known as the Hummingbird and Sloane by doing odd jobs for a supervillain so he won’t hurt her mom. Their teaming up seems like a matter of destiny.

And what a team they make! I loved the girl power in Anti/Hero, with Piper learning to appreciate Sloane’s habit of slowing down to think a problem through all the way, and Sloane discovering that being strong does not mean someone cannot also be smart. They acknowledge each other’s strengths, work through each other’s weaknesses, and support each other through everything that comes their way–school, superheroing, and even family life. Their friendship is definitely the stuff of life goals.

The art style beautifully adds to the story. It has a sort of cute and fun feeling that will appeal to the tween crowd, while being just edgy enough for a superhero story. This is really the story of superheroes just setting out, and it manages to capture the innocence and excitement of that without downplaying the drama. I think fans new to DC comics will really like this one and that the characters, combined with the art, will do much to create new comic book fans.

Anti/Hero is really the perfect superhero book for middle schoolers. It deals with important issues without ever getting too dark and, perhaps more importantly, never feels too childish. Middle school readers looking to get into superhero comics can start here and feel entirely welcome.

4 stars

8 thoughts on “Anti/Hero by Kate Karyus Quinn, Demitria Lunetta, Maca Gill

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Beautiful review. I haven’t heard of this yet and I will certainly be picking it up now! I am glad to see DC is branching out and creating new heroines for a younger generation. Particularly one with such a great message.

    You only had wonderful things to say about Anti/Hero, and yet you only rated this 4-stars. It occurred to me: Is your rating scale only out of 4? If not, what prevents you from giving 5-stars to this graphic novel?

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    • Briana | Pages Unbound says:

      I’m not Krysta, but personally I’m pretty stingy with 5 stars. Four means I really liked it, but I tend to hold out on fives unless I really loved it, was completely moved, could imagine myself reading it again, etc.

      But then I also rarely give 1 stars, so maybe it’s fair, or maybe the stars aren’t even that useful if I actually only use 2-4 as a range most of the time. There are reasons we didn’t even put stars on our reviews for several years. :p

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      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        Haha — I can relate to not wanting to use stars. I waffle on whether they are useful or not. But I’ve added a “6-star” rating to books I know I’ll love forever. Illuminae, Bud, Not Buddy, and The Night Circus stick out a lot in my mind. You do the same thing, just with 5-star ratings!

        I give 5-star ratings more often than 1-star ratings now that I’m a blogger. Thanks to this community, I can easily avoid books I would have read in the past that people have recommended I skip out on. Since becoming a blogger I’ve enjoyed my reading so much more! That’s my way of saying it’s not a bad thing if your ratings lean higher than lower — it means you’re reading good books!

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    • Krysta says:

      I tend to reserve five stars for books that I found life-changing. Or incredibly moving. Or that I can see myself re-reading. I liked this one a lot, but probably won’t re-read it. That being said, I think all star rating systems are somewhat arbitrary. It is possible I could give a book more stars on a day I am just feeling more generous. Or something.

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      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        Totally arbitrary! As ratings happen the moment we’re done reading, it’s definitely a moment-in-time reflection. We’re readers, we’re allowed to change our minds! And I do that all the time, personally.

        For example, I read and rated Hattie Big Sky 4-stars. But years later I’m still thinking about it and talking about it, so in my mind it’s really more of a 5-star read. Then there are books like Three Wishes by Laine Moriarty that I gave 5-stars to. Now I remember reading a book that was right for me in the moment, but I don’t recall anything beyond it being about 3 sisters. I’d probably rate it 3-stars based on the lack of memorability now.

        It’s just a fun way to relate books over time. It definitely doesn’t have to be perfect and there is no right answer.

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        • Krysta says:

          Yes, that’s a good point! Sometimes I feel different about a book after time has passed, or after I’ve discussed it with someone. The end result is that I don’t really worry over my star ratings too much. I choose a high or low one based on my feelings at that moment and that’s that. I know some people agonize over half stars and such, but I think everyone’s star rating is subjective. I really just look to see if it’s likely to be a negative or a positive review.

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