Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Sons of Liberty #1” as Want to Read:
The Sons of Liberty #1
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Sons of Liberty #1

(The Sons of Liberty #1)

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  123 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
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Random House Books for Young Readers
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Sons of Liberty #1, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Sons of Liberty #1

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.41  · 
Rating details
 ·  431 ratings  ·  123 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Sons of Liberty #1
L. McCoy
Okay, this is much different than what I expected. I thought that this was a comic about the founding fathers and revolutionary war. While it does take place around that time and Benjamin Franklin is one of the characters, this is very different.

What’s it about?
A couple of young slaves are trying to run away from their cruel owner. They find a white man who hates slavery and he tries to help them escape. Oh yeah, also the revolutionary war is either happening or about to start and there is a sci
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.

Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was my first experience with a graphic novel. I was enthralled with both the story and the illustrations. Fantastic job, Alex!
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 (Our Epic TBR List) 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 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Jonathan Sambuchi
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book "Sons Of Liberty" was a very interesting book. The main characters Brody and Graham were former slaves until they escaped captivity and realized that they had powers, when there master/teacher Benjiman lay died they would end up becoming the warriors that Ben always wanted them to be. overall this book was interesting and had several good plot points and always kept you on your toes as the reader. ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love his books I wish he came out with a third of was going to be the best of all but the publisher didn't publish it. I know because I am his sons😊


Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A book entirely different that I thought it was going to be. It first introduces two men dressed up as revolutionaries and their rebellion against Britain. It then immediately transitions to farmland and black slaves working under white men in power. It then focuses on two young black slaves who decide to run away from the farmland. They get help from some white people such as Benjamin Franklin, but are chased by hounds for a short period of time. The book showcases their struggles as runaway sl ...more
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, 2010, comics
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
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Wes Lisi
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: recommendation this book if you like an alter reality with some true facts that happened in history.
This book was about two escaped slaves who were experimented on by someone who lived in the Franklin manner. When they recovered they realised that they had superhuman abilities. This they had to keep in secret so they would be able to live normal lives. meanwhile, Ben Franklin would be going to parliament in the honor of the states. This art style can be very dark at times because of the bold, organic and naturistic. The main characters changed through th ...more
Jeremy Peterson
Nov 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would rate this book a 4.5. This is a good book for people who like fast paced action, history, and suspense. It has a great story with very interesting characters like Benjamin Franklin and runaway slaves. With its menacing villains,action, and amazing suspense, The Sons of Liberty shows what it was like in the events of a young nation. It is also a really good book for young teenagers who like history and action. It shows the hardships of slaves and how harsh people were to them back in the ...more
Jennessa Embair
This was my first Graphic novel and I think it was a amazing story to introduce me to them. As someone who loves Historical Fiction this was beyond anything I expected. The story was interesting for the most part and the illustrations worked so well with the theme of the book. I desperately wanted to give this four stars, but I just couldn't force myself to do it. I wish that we followed the two main characters more (Brody and Graham) and less of the Franklin Family. For the first Graphic Novel ...more
Molly Dawes
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this book looked really interesting and I was excited to read it because I love researching the Revolutionary War. The book had some great parts that were compelling and serious. The art was interesting and a little messy but I thought it fit the narrative very well. My biggest problem was the book was slow. We got glimpses of the boys using powers and never got the full potential. The outfits on the cover art was not to be found in the book, which always bothers me. This was a long st ...more
When Benjamin Franklin's mad scientist of a son uses two young runaway slaves for his medical experiments, he accidentally endows them with powers beyond anything Revolutionary War can handle. Of course, Graham and Brody are concerned with their former master and terrifying slave catchers, not the political climate. Fortunately, with the help of noted abolitionist Benjamin Lay, they learn to control their powers.

This is one heck of an origin story and a lot of fun. I highly recommend it. Partic
Isaiah Miesle
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story is an interesting graphic novel with great mysteries in the beginning and in the end the your mysteries are figured out. The great mysteries that I read in this book are who are the people behind the masks that tried to rob the capital in Boston. Also why people disagreed with people they didn't even know. I think that this book is very interesting because there is a lot of action in it and conflicts that get resolved in the end. I would rate this story a 4 stars out of 5 stars becaus ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is really good and full of action. This is a on-the-edge-of-your-seat book. The book also shows a brotherly bond.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
started off good and petered out. lost the kids attention.
Erik Juneau
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
i liked that it had action and i wouldn't change the book. but that's my opinion. ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it is talking abut the sons of liberty and patriot and how they need to put taxes higher etc
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack, #1)
  • The Silver Six
  • Cardboard
  • Rapunzel's Revenge (Rapunzel's Revenge, #1)
  • Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack, #2)
  • Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl
  • Monsters & Modules (Secret Coders, #6)
  • Robots & Repeats (Secret Coders, #4)
  • Potions & Parameters (Secret Coders, #5)
  • The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #3)
  • The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels, #2)
  • Summer of the Monkeys
  • The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels, #1)
  • The Lost Islands (Explorer, #2)
  • Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers
  • Pigs Might Fly
  • The Sixth Grade Nickname Game
  • Deathless Divide (Dread Nation, #2)
See similar books…

Other books in the series

The Sons of Liberty (2 books)
  • Death and Taxes (The Sons of Liberty #2)

Related Articles

Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! Just feast your eyes upon all of these debut books to check out and emerging authors to...
39 likes · 25 comments