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

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  365 Ratings  ·  110 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
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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.

Jun 26, 2016 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
Apr 06, 2010 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
Ange (Libby Blog) Schmelzer
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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!
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+
Steve Fuller
Jun 06, 2010 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!
Amy Lignor
Sep 16, 2011 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
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  ·  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 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 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
Wes Lisi
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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
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  ·  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.
necrow thomas
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved it
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
Isaiah Miesle
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Matthew Hyde
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good graphic novel, especially if you enjoy the Revolutionary War era. The characters were well developed and the art was excellent.
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
Jun 23, 2015 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
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
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Feb 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know I'm a stickler for historical accuracy, but I don't think it's a minor detail to point out that Quakers believe in NONVIOLENCE! Benjamin Lay did exist, he was a FASCINATING anti-slavery activist, but he relied on non-violent methods; he would NOT have become some sort of abolitionist ninja, nor would he have taught others to fight! Also, the Philadelphia Meeting of Friends formally urged others to denounce slavery in 1754, and by 1761, a consensus had been reached that anyone who owned or ...more
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