This new book, created by comic genius Stan Lee, is the first in a trilogy of stories based on the Chinese zodiac. It is written by Stuart Moore, with illustrations by renowned comic book artist Andie Tong.
When Disney sent us this book to review we had a dilemma of which of our sons would be most suited to review it (they actually did very kindly send two copies but I like to allocate reviews to each of them so that they can take overall responsibility for it). You see 9 year old D is our comic book fan - he loves reading comics, he loves creating his own comics and he loves drawing comic characters. But this is more than just a comic. Although it is the brainchild of Stan Lee, creator of all those famous Marvel superheroes, the actual book is a novel, not a comic.
And eleven year old J is our true bookworm who loves reading novels. He is a faster reader than the rest of us in the family. So he was the lucky one chosen to review this exciting new book. Here's what he has to say about it:
The Vanguard then battle Steven's team to try to drain their powers and use them to control the world. Duane has the power of the pig, allowing him to destroy and tamper with nearby tech. Kim has the power of the rabbit, meaning that she can teleport. Jasmine shares the dragon power with Maxwell, meaning that Maxwell can do the same things as Jasmine and draw the power out of her and into him. Vincent is part of the Vanguard and he has the power of the monkey. He can swing between different obstacles and dodge attacks. I think that it is a great book and I give it eleven out of ten.
Wow. 11 out of 10 - what an accolade! There are some brilliant preview pages of the book you can access here on The Zodiac Legacy website. You can see for yourself just how amazing the drawings are and get to know a bit more about the key characters in the story.
And even more exciting, you can hear Stan Lee himself giving an overview of the book in this video trailer here:
The Zodiac Legacy is aimed at children aged 9-12 but as Stan Lee himself says: "It's a book that I think children would love, but I think a guy 50, 60, 80, 100 years old would love - anybody who likes a great adventure story about things that are bigger and more imaginative than life itself."
Find out more about The Zodiac Legacy on the website here.
Disclosure: We were sent two copies of The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence for the purposes of review. All opinions are our own.