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I stumbled upon Journey of Heroes while reading a forum. A love of history, as told by those who experienced it, made this book an immediate purchase for me. What I found inside was not disappointing.
Journey of Heroes tells the story of Japanese-Americans who volunteered to serve in World War II. Written by Stacey Hayashi and illustrated by Damon Wong, the book is a tome of information on the real-life experiences of a group (family) of soldiers at war. Journey of Heroes uses the Chibi art style as a balance between communicating the events of war and maintaining accessibility to a wide reading audience. It works beautifully. You experience the determination, triumph, and sadness along with the characters.
The only let down I had with Journey of Heroes was that there aren’t any more issues for me to pick up. This book is covered with side stories and information that I wanted to know more about each of the characters, more about the 100th, and see deeper into each battle they fought in. I’d love to see a 12 issue series about the 100th/442nd and Hayashi and Wong certainly make a good team.
Journey of Heroes can be found in a few local comic shops (mostly on the west coast) but you can also order it online at: http://www.goforbroke.org/about_us/about_us_support_general_journey_of_heroes.asp
A great read and reminder that not all heroes have capes.