My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
Stan Lee makes a superb entry into the YA novel category with the Zodiac series. The basic premise is that people born in a Chinese year get the powers from the animal of that year. Usually, these levels are too low to even register, but when Convergence happens, these powers can be harnessed and transferred into compatible people. It starts with Steven coming across the antagonist, Maxwell, performing a ritual to absorb the Zodiac into himself, and when the former meets Jasmine, who is Maxwell’s nemesis and sharer of the Dragon power, he wants to help out. He absorbs the power of the Tiger, and soon enough the powers spread in the world, giving rise to two Zodiac camps – the ones on Jasmine’s side and the other on Maxwell’s.
The most interesting thing in the book is, naturally, the action. This book, though listed as a graphic novel on Goodreads, is actually a full-length novel with amazing illustrations by Stan Lee. So, while the action and plot was really good, the character development did suffer. Beyond the fact that they incorporate the abilities and nature of the Zodiac animal they belong to, the characters are pretty much one-dimensional. I would like a little more insight into the characters’ themselves; just their backstory wasn’t sufficient enough. However, I still look forward to the next book and the new adventures it will bring.
Received an ARC from Disney Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review