BoxersBook - 2013 | First edition
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multcolib Nov 25, 2013
In China in 1898 bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough: harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers--commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign... Read More »
multcolib Sep 07, 2016
Two incredible examples of the storytelling possibilities found in the graphic novel medium, which serve as companion pieces to a larger story. I recommend reading Boxers first, but that’s not as important as reading both.
Raised in an impoverished rural village, Little Bao and his older brothers embark on a crusade to save China from Christian missionaries and other "foreign devils" who are perceived to be the cause of their country's woes.
There are two sides to every story. Boxers and Saints represent different perspectives in the Chinese Boxer rebellion. Graphic novel. (Companion book to "Saints".)
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The companion novel to Saints, this book looks at the same situation from a different angle. Little Bao has grown up reenacting his favorite Chinese operas and looking up to his father. When his father is hobbled by European colonists, Bao's older brothers take over the family, relegating Bao to the role of little brother. In secret he trains with a martial arts master, and quickly out paces his brothers. When colonists threaten his small village, Bao harnesses the power of an ancient Chinese emperor to fight against them.
Sharing the secret of his martial arts training, Bao gathers and army of Boxers (including his brothers) to use the power of the Chinese gods to drive the colonists and "foreign devils" from China. As the Boxers travel to the capitol city to convince the Empress to free their country, they meet several challenges along the way testing their faith and fortitude. By the end of the book, Bao and Vibianain's stories cross paths to end in tragedy.