Jerry Dear

A New Vietnamese Superhero

Book Review of Green Lantern Legacy by Minh Lê

While the mention of jade can conjure up Chinese jewelry and figurines, the award-winning writer and graphic novelist Minh Lé transposes this cultural artifact into the realm of science fiction. A jade ring passed down from family generations serves as an antique object that inspires a reimagining of a longstanding icon in the DC Comics universe. In his first graphic novel, Green Lantern Legacy, Lé takes a new cultural spin on Green Lantern — a superhero who draws incredible powers from the aid of a magical ring.