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The Sons of Liberty (The Sons of Liberty #1)

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  338 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Forget everything you thought you knew about America's early days—history packs a punch in this full-color, two-fisted, edge-of-your-seat adventure!

Graphic novels are a revolution in literature, and The Sons of Liberty is a graphic novel like no other. Visual and visceral, fusing historical fiction and superhero action, this is a tale with broad appeal—for younger readers
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jun 27, 2016 Ran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You know, I really wanted to like this graphic novel. Two slaves on the run in Colonial America in a book entitled Sons of Liberty? My gosh, that has such potential to be interesting. Instead of like a great swashbuckling tale of the Colonial period waterways to freedom ... or at least to better living conditions (because let's face it, the North haven't abolished slavery in that period nor had Great Britain) ... these two escaped slaves gain superpowers.

Okay, this novel isn't being marketed to
Two boy slaves escape from their master and gain supernatural powers along the way. This setting uses some authentic American History and then mixes things up a lot, too. Artwork is average to very good.

Jan 07, 2011 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first experience with a graphic novel. I was enthralled with both the story and the illustrations. Fantastic job, Alex!
Loved, loved, loved this one. Set just prior to the American Revolution, Brody and Graham are two young runaway slaves who somehow develop extraordinary physical powers. With some helpful coaching from historical figures like aboltionist Benjamin Lay and Ben Franklin, they hone their talents and learn to make their way in the world as apprentices in a print shop. While there's a lot of action, there's also some real telling points of emotional and philosophical conflict as pre-America struggles ...more
Jul 20, 2010 Galileo rated it it was amazing
I am a big reader of comics and graphic novels and I can tell you there are very few books like this. This book is a blast! The story hooked me within the first few pages. I was glued to it from beginning to end and the art and color are nothing short of stunning. When I finished, I was like "Man, I need book 2 now!"
This book is smart, thrilling, informative and completely unique.
I couldn't help but keep thinking this would make a great movie, because it feels like a movie.
Brilliant A+
Ange (Libby Blog) Schmelzer
This was really something and definitely needs more volumes! It's set in 1777 and the next decade. The story has many different story lines running involving slaves, Benjamen Franklin, Quakers and more. All these plots come together to create a wonderful "what if..." in our history.
I thought this was really well done from the drawings to the plots! Wow! I hope there are more volumes on their way! Try it out and see what you think!
Steve Fuller
Jun 06, 2010 Steve Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is phenomenal! It's a refreshing perspective of history and the art was breath taking. Thumbs up to these authors, I can't wait until part 2 comes out!
As a big fan of the American Revolution and fantasy, I was intrigued by the book's concept and unimpressed with its execution. Brody and Graham are two runaways that get caught by Ben Franklin's evil son William and subjected to electrical experiments that give them inhuman physical powers for short periods of time. They link up with abolitionist Benjamin Lay, and take some vengeance on the Sorensen family's slave hunter and his dogs. A dark book, with only mediocre artwork -- faces, in particul ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 26, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a panelist.

An unusual story, not what I was expecting going into it. Set in pre-revolutionary America the story revolves around two young runaway slave boys, their cruel owner and his son, and a vicious slave hunter. Then there is the lone Quaker who decries slavery and helps slaves to try to escape and Benjamin Franklin, famous for his experiments with electricity among many things, and also the friend of slaves; al
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic middle-grade graphic novel that immediately grabs hold of the reader and doesn’t let go. This extremely fast-paced, and eloquently-told tale was written by two brothers and illustrated by a Marvel comic veteran named Steve Walker, and Oren Kramek.

Directly after the war for America’s independence, the reader is soon shown that not all Americans earned the right to their freedom. In fact, on the Sorenson plantation, like so many others, there are hundreds of young men and wome
Dec 30, 2010 Tony rated it liked it
I'm a fan of historical fiction and a fan of graphic storytelling, so when I saw this first book in a projected series set during the time of the American Revolution, I snapped it up. The story follows two young Pennsylvania slave boys who run away from their master's plantation and obtain unlikely superpowers, training in the African martial art of dambe (aka kokawa), and some possibly magic relics. In the parlance of the superhero genre, this is an "origin story" book that sets everything up f ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)

What do you get when you mix beloved American history, with character's who have paranormal powers? You get a dark, edgy, riveting, action packed graphic novel.

The story follows two young male slaves who are on the run. When someone tries an experiment on them, they are left with little memory and super human powers. The novel opens with some scenes from 1777, and as we journey through the novel, we will see life as it was in 1760, the start of the boy's story.

Shady deals, the fight to free slav
Jun 23, 2010 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit, comics, 2010
Graham and Brody are two escaped slaves. They are on the run from their former master as well as an evil slave hunter. While hiding in the wilderness on the way to find a abolitionist named Benjamin Lay, they run into William Franklin, embittered son of the great Benjamin Franklin, doing his own illict electrical experiments on animals. He grabs the two boys and does his experiments on them. They wake up frightened and alone and able to due extraordinary things. They make their way to Benjamin L ...more
Dec 07, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. What an awesome concept! Two young runaway slaves get caught by none other than William Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's son, who performs a bizarre experiment on them. Graham and Brody remember nothing, but now have super powers and no explanation. They're taken in by Benjamin Lay, an eccentric abolitionist and are trained in dambe, an African martial art. That's about as far as this volume goes, but I am super-psyched for the next one. The characters are interesting, the ...more
Jan 24, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-manga, 2011-reads
It had been awhile since I picked up a graphic novel to read. I had read several reviews and finally decided to pick this one up. Not bad. I think graphic novels and manga are an acquired taste, but I enjoyed this one. Probably because of the history major in me. It's really an alternative history in which two runaway slaves become this superpowered ninjas fighting the injustices of early America. I know it sounds a little strange, but art is pretty good and the story easy to follow. The story d ...more
It seems like a good idea. Superhero former slaves fighting baddies in revolutionary amerika. The cover is great.

But I only got a third of the way through or so before I gave up. I don't find the illustration style particular appealing (inside), it was hard to keep characters straight, and there's not enough superheroness or action to keep teens reading.

It certainly has an audience (the copy I have from the library has been so well read the binding is loose), but that audience isn't me.
Jeremy Peterson
Nov 25, 2010 Jeremy Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think this book is so cool. because it is about the old days and how there was slaves and how they got beat if they did something wrong. this book is about two laves that are about 8 and 10 and they run away and try to find a person that will help them. they are going and they get attacked by this guy that is a slave hunter and the two kids got whiped on there spines and it put an electrical charge though them and they became imortal and they could do anything. i like this book and i think you ...more
Erik Hawksley
History is awesome, it's always been my favorite subject in school and I've always been a bit of a history buff. I especially love stories that take place in important and thrilling times in history and either retell them their own way or entirely change the course of history. But this was just terrible. The art was decent at best, shallow, mediocre characters. Way too slow paced and boring with way too much exposition and explanation of pointless things. I read the majority of it and had to put ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Jj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone ages 12 and up
Quite possibly one of the best graphic novels I've read in a long time.
I was sold on the concept alone, but once I got a hold of this book, I was sucked in. The dialogue is smart and clean, the art and color amazing. The action is very dramatic and intense, but should be fine for younger readers.

This series should go a long way in the pantheon of comics and graphic novels. I CANNOT WAIT for the next book.
May 14, 2015 Jamison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sons of Liberty written by Joseph Lagos is a great book that takes place in America when slavery was at its prime. The book starts off with a prologue and then cuts to 1760 in Abington. The story follows two young slaves by the name of Brody and Graham as they run away from their master’s plantation. Followed by one of the deadliest slave catchers in the nation on a search for a man by the name of Benjamin Lay. Until they get these amazing powers that allow them to jump higher and farther th ...more
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Jul 28, 2015 Selena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I began this book with a lot of worries. Those worries concerned not the book itself, but the genre of the book. This was my first graphic novel and I'm so happy with how much I enjoyed it! I can't believe that I had any worries in the first place!

The story focuses of Graham and Brody, two runaway slaves in the Colonial American 1760s. It shows the events that take place as the result of their escape, both good and bad. And while the plot has a historical setting, there are a lot of non-historic
necrow thomas
Feb 18, 2011 necrow thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved it
Mar 13, 2015 Travis rated it did not like it
I hate to deride a well produced independent comic but this graphic novel disappointed in a variety of ways.

The flow of the story was very disjointed. It felt like it flipped between scenes without much rhyme or reason. Time passed at vastly different rates with no explicit update, yet the young boys didn't really appear to age.

Apparently this entire volume is a setup for the second volume. I feel like it was a bait and switch. The prologue promises lots of American Revolution ninja action but t
WOW, what a great read! This is a work of historical fiction in that it involves characters such as Benjamin Franklin and the workings of the Society of Friends. Brody and Graham are on the run from the plantation owner called Sorenson. On their way to find Benjamin lay, they are found by Franklins' son, William. William has harmed the boys, but has somehow given them abilities that can be either a gift or a curse.

This graphic novel is full of action and adventure. Two runaways that have the po
Jan 21, 2016 Adrienne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, graphic-novel
Brody and Graham are slaves but when the master's son attacks Brody and Graham retaliates, they must flee. They're headed for Benjamin Lay's lair, as Lay is an abolitionist. However, before they meet up with him, they are found by William Franklin, Benjamin Franklin's son, who uses them as subjects for a scientific experiment. The experiment leaves them with extreme powers, which they use to fight back against their master and the slave catcher who is out to get them.

I'm intrigued by the idea of
GRPLTeens Grand Rapids Public Library
Appeal Characteristics: Minority main characters, historical figures, revolutionary war, slavery, mad scientist experiments, werewolvish...type characters, stylistic art.

Ugh. I know that isn't a good first word. I was slightly disappointed with this first novel because I felt that it had everything to make an AWESOME series...but if fell flat! I loved the ninja type African-American protagonists! I also loved the whole back story of the guy who was able to train them...and also leading up to the
I have mixed feelings about this graphic novel. I really wanted to like it, after reading some very favorable reviews, but the actual book has several story flaws.
One is that there is an ongoing theme of: Person A has committed a terrible crime, so we'll punish Person B. Both villains and heroes do this, repeatedly.
Another is the villification of William Franklin, Benjamin's son. While it is certainly possible to dislike him for being a Tory, this story portrays him as vicious, evil and sadistic
Jennifer Wardrip
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When one runaway slave returns by force to the plantation by a cruel bounty hunter and dogs, two boys find themselves in trouble - deadly trouble. In order to avoid death, they run from the plantation in search of a man who just might help them survive.

They believe Benjamin Lay will help hide them until they can find a safe place. While trying to find him, they run across William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin, conducting experiments of electri
Lagos, A., & Lagos, J. (2010). The Sons of Liberty. New York: Random House.

Appetizer: Set in 1760, Brody and Graham are young slaves on the horrendous Mr. Sorenson's plantation. After an accident in which they hurt Sorenson's vile son, the two must run away. Pursued by the villainous Walker, who works for Sorenson, and his many dogs, the two try to take refuge on the lands of Benjamin Franklin (Yes, that Benjamin Franklin!).

The two boys do not find any respite though, because they are captur
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