Anti/Hero
A new graphic novel for middle-grade featuring all original content and characters found here in Anti/Hero!As if middle-school wasn't tough enough, two students who are sworn enemies run into big problems when a freaky event makes them switch places! Now they must work together if they want their old lives back, but the journey of being in someone else's shoes may bring some BIG surprises.Don't miss out on this new original graphic novel from author Kate Karyus Quinn known for her work on Not Hungry, The Show Must Go On, Down with the Shine, Another little Piece and more

Anti/Hero Details

TitleAnti/Hero
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 14th, 2020
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401293253
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Superheroes, Science Fiction

Anti/Hero Review

  • Lost in Book Land
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome Back!It's Tuesday but it definitely does not feel like a Tuesday. I have set myself a routine but it still does not feel like a Tuesday. Anyhow the other night I stayed up way too late (because I had work kind of early in the morning) reading the graphic novel Anti/Hero it came in the mail a few weeks ago. The cover is so appealing and colorful I just kept staring at it on my bookcase and I finally gave in and picked it up (I have been wanting to for a while but I kept telling myself, Welcome Back!It's Tuesday but it definitely does not feel like a Tuesday. I have set myself a routine but it still does not feel like a Tuesday. Anyhow the other night I stayed up way too late (because I had work kind of early in the morning) reading the graphic novel Anti/Hero it came in the mail a few weeks ago. The cover is so appealing and colorful I just kept staring at it on my bookcase and I finally gave in and picked it up (I have been wanting to for a while but I kept telling myself, finish your current read, or clean up this, or finish this thing you're doing in Animal Crossing (because that has taken over my life)). But finally the other night I picked it up and I could not put it down!SPOILERS AHEADIn this beautifully illustrated and colorful graphic novel, we meet one hero and one villain. These two girls could not be more different not just because one is a hero and one is a villain. They both attend the same middle school but they have completely different lives and personalities and as it turns out superpowers. One night when a job goes wrong the two end up colliding and switching bodies. Now they must figure out how to turn back and maybe still get everything they both wanted.First, I loved the illustrations in this graphic novel and the colors (in case I have not already mentioned it enough). They were eye-popping and I just wanted to keep looking at them even after I had read what was on the page. Beyond the illustrations the story was fun and the characters were loveable, my favorite is Gray (I still liked all the other characters but she was my favorite). I highly recommend this graphic novel and I can not wait to see if there will be another in the series. I am giving this one five stars on Goodreads.**Thank you to the publisher for the ARC copy!!
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  • Bookishrealm
    January 1, 1970
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  • Parker Jensen
    January 1, 1970
    This was cute!
  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    actual rating: 3.5I'm really enjoying this series of middle grade comics from DC. They're all really fun and the art is always really colorful and gorgeous. I'm not sure if these characters have any basis in other DC titles or if they were created just for this but it was overall a cute and fun story that was a lot of fun to read. I did get a bit confused towards the end when they did not switch back as soon as they could have, but still really enjoyed it.
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  • M.L. Little
    January 1, 1970
    @kidlitexchange partner: Antihero by @katekaryusquinn, @demitrialunetta, and @macagil, releases 4.14 through @dccomics, Mattie-approved. Antihero is a quite delightful middle-grade story of two 13-year-old girls at the same school in Gotham City, with similar secrets. Piper, an average student, lives with her loving Latino grandmother, eats a lot, and accidentally breaks everything. (I related way too much to Piper...) Sloane, meanwhile, is independent, sneaky, and brilliant in schoolbut uses @kidlitexchange partner: Antihero by @katekaryusquinn, @demitrialunetta, and @macagil, releases 4.14 through @dccomics, Mattie-approved. Antihero is a quite delightful middle-grade story of two 13-year-old girls at the same school in Gotham City, with similar secrets. Piper, an average student, lives with her loving Latino grandmother, eats a lot, and accidentally breaks everything. (I related way too much to Piper...) Sloane, meanwhile, is independent, sneaky, and brilliant in school—but uses her brilliance to help her evil grandfather. One in a hero, the other a villain. Already at odds, things get eve bumper when the girls mess around with lab equipment and switch bodies. Now that they’ve switched bodies, they have to live each other’s lives. I loved the story of Piper and Sloane and how their enormous mistake brought them closer together as they finally understood each other. The only part I thought was confusing was how they also switched mental abilities as well as bodies. Suddenly Piper was a genius while Sloane had difficulties. I would have thought their brains would stay the same. But other than that it was done well, I thought. One of my favorite aspects was Piper’s Abuela. Everyone deserves a grandmother who loves to cook for them. Antihero releases this Tuesday! Thank you @kidlitexchange for the review copy-all opinions are my own.
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  • Sierra Dertinger
    January 1, 1970
    This was a humorous and quirky superhero vs. super villain graphic novel. Two sworn enemies are actually undercover supers. Well when things couldnt get worse, they switch bodies. Lets just say that things dont go as expected, especially when they now how to live in each others shoes literally.Piper and Sloane both attend the same middle school, but would never be caught seen together. Piper is a foodie (major time), loves color, is athletic, and lives with her abuela since her parents are This was a humorous and quirky superhero vs. super villain graphic novel. Two sworn enemies are actually undercover supers. Well when things couldn’t get worse, they switch bodies. Let’s just say that things don’t go as expected, especially when they now how to live in each other’s shoes… literally.Piper and Sloane both attend the same middle school, but would never be caught seen together. Piper is a foodie (major time), loves color, is athletic, and lives with her abuela since her parents are working in Antartica. On the other hand, Sloane is a smarty pants, always has the answer to everything, and lives with her not-so-well mother in a sketchy side of the city. Their differences were not as obvious before they swapped bodies. They each learned about one another's lifestyle and how hard it is for both of them.The themes that surface are poverty-stricken lifestyles, loss of parents, feelings of not being enough, and unlikely friendships.The illustrations in this graphic novel are absolutely gorgeous too. The vivid colors and the contrasts of black/white vs. color is phenomenal. This is a graphic novel that my students would eat up. I am hoping that this will be a series!Thanks to NetGalley and DC Comics for the eARC!
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  • Cale
    January 1, 1970
    Like the others in this series, this is very much aimed at YA audiences, and only dabbles in the shallow end of DC canon (it takes place in Gotham, and Bruce Wayne figures into the plot a bit). Instead, we've got a reluctant villain and a clumsy hero-in-training who end up getting body swapped and learn the value of friendship and trust as they try to set things right. It sounds a little trite written like that, but it actually is pretty sweet, and manages to touch on some good topics with a Like the others in this series, this is very much aimed at YA audiences, and only dabbles in the shallow end of DC canon (it takes place in Gotham, and Bruce Wayne figures into the plot a bit). Instead, we've got a reluctant villain and a clumsy hero-in-training who end up getting body swapped and learn the value of friendship and trust as they try to set things right. It sounds a little trite written like that, but it actually is pretty sweet, and manages to touch on some good topics with a deft touch. The art makes good use of color palettes to help with the swapping mechanism, and works well for its intended audience. It's not something I would recommend older readers go out of their way for, but it's not something where you'll feel your time has been wasted reading it. And for middle school kids, especially girls, I think it would be a perfect match.
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  • Alan
    January 1, 1970
    All right, I might be rating this a shade too high. You know what? Nothing wrong with a light, frothy read (as in the froth in a well made mocha) on a day like today (where I should not have gone into work). Also, I want to give DC credit for trying to branch out, a little bit, into the OGN middle grade field that is, IMO, pretty much dominated by manga.While most of the entries have been AU spins, or much like AU, on their traditional characters here DC puts out two brand new characters. Piper All right, I might be rating this a shade too high. You know what? Nothing wrong with a light, frothy read (as in the froth in a well made mocha) on a day like today (where I should not have gone into work). Also, I want to give DC credit for trying to branch out, a little bit, into the OGN middle grade field that is, IMO, pretty much dominated by manga.While most of the entries have been AU spins, or much like AU, on their traditional characters here DC puts out two brand new characters. Piper is a bit of a clumsy super strong super hero wanna be. Sloane is the highly intelligent, super smart villain. Look, to go much further 1) goes into spoiler territory 2) shows that yeah, the overall plot and story is not highly original, but...I think the creative team executes the tale very well.
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    Even though Piper Parajo and Sloane MacBrute go to the same school in East Gotham they could not be more different. For one thing, Piper is a *secretly* aspiring superhero, a star athlete, popular, peppy - basically everything that Sloane is not. Sloane is a super-genius loner who occasionally does some villainous things -- but only to help her mom make ends meet. One night the two cross paths and a freak accident makes them switch bodies and forcing them to work together to save the day.I've Even though Piper Parajo and Sloane MacBrute go to the same school in East Gotham they could not be more different. For one thing, Piper is a *secretly* aspiring superhero, a star athlete, popular, peppy - basically everything that Sloane is not. Sloane is a super-genius loner who occasionally does some villainous things -- but only to help her mom make ends meet. One night the two cross paths and a freak accident makes them switch bodies and forcing them to work together to save the day.I've said it before, I'll say it again - DC is KILLING it with the MG graphic novels. Part superhero, part middle grade bildungsroman, part Freaky Friday - this book seamlessly fits into the DC Universe while introducing two new heroes and a new crime family. Watching Sloane and Piper become friends is so rewarding and I loved the insane amounts of girl power in this one.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    It's really fun. I simple switch bodies superhero tale. Really lovely art. I liked how the artists conveyed the change with clothes, hair, and facial expressions. The pacing of the story kept it really brisk despite a lot going on in both character's plots. Sloan has just her mom and villainous boss of a grandpa, and Piper has a loving grandma and uncle, but misses her scientist parents who are in Antartica. The both have an alterego, and then there's a school competition sponsored by Bruce It's really fun. I simple switch bodies superhero tale. Really lovely art. I liked how the artists conveyed the change with clothes, hair, and facial expressions. The pacing of the story kept it really brisk despite a lot going on in both character's plots. Sloan has just her mom and villainous boss of a grandpa, and Piper has a loving grandma and uncle, but misses her scientist parents who are in Antartica. The both have an alterego, and then there's a school competition sponsored by Bruce Wayne that both characters want to win. It doesn't get too complicated, but it well woven together.
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  • Stephanie Mendoza
    January 1, 1970
    Solid 4.5 stars. The Art by Maca Gil is awesome. the colors are vibrant. The story line was slightly tropey but not in a bad way. It follows two girls (i guess middle school) who live on opposite sides of the tracks both figuratively and literally (in Gotham). The hero-villain dynamic was really well played and there a fun switch to the story that a believe all kids will enjoy. Plus, Batman. (enough said)Disclaimer: i received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review via Solid 4.5 stars. The Art by Maca Gil is awesome. the colors are vibrant. The story line was slightly tropey but not in a bad way. It follows two girls (i guess middle school) who live on opposite sides of the tracks both figuratively and literally (in Gotham). The hero-villain dynamic was really well played and there a fun switch to the story that a believe all kids will enjoy. Plus, Batman. (enough said)Disclaimer: i received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.
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  • Jaymie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. This was so fun! I didn't realize when I ordered it that it was a DC graphic novel. Batman and Bruce Wayne make an appearance, which was a fun surprise.I loved the two characters in this and the plights that evolve from them switching places. This is a great friendship graphic novel (hand this to fans of Smile or Nat Enough or Real Friends or Just Jaime) with a superhero twist. I hope there will be more of these!
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  • Elaine Griffin
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wonderful, fun, quirky story about two very different supers who have to work together despite their differences. Piper wants to be a superhero, but she often leaves big messes in her wake. Sloane doesn't want to be a villain, but her crime-boss grandfather the Bear is bankrolling her life, and she can't see a way out. When Piper and Sloane both go after the TMI device, they switch bodies, and the device breaks. Now, they're stuck working with each other toward a solution. A great This was a wonderful, fun, quirky story about two very different supers who have to work together despite their differences. Piper wants to be a superhero, but she often leaves big messes in her wake. Sloane doesn't want to be a villain, but her crime-boss grandfather the Bear is bankrolling her life, and she can't see a way out. When Piper and Sloane both go after the TMI device, they switch bodies, and the device breaks. Now, they're stuck working with each other toward a solution. A great middle-grade comic book for DC fans or anyone who loves superheroes! Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta have written a great story, and Maca Gil's art if gorgeous and fluid. I was especially impressed how Gil captured the girls' inner personalities after they switched bodies. The facial expressions matched the true personality so well!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc from my library in exchange for a review. This was a really fun story that I think a lot of middle schoolers would love. As a person who is not really big into superheroes, I found this to be a superhero story that I could get into without feeling overwhelmed. I look forward to when this gets released for others to enjoy.
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  • Goshen PL Childrens
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from School Library Journal in exchange for an honest review.A fun graphic novel that has two girls that have to hide who they really are. Suddenly they switch bodies and soon find that sometimes things aren't always what they seem. This superhero graphic stars middle school girls which is a first and was completely fun!
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  • Jenny Claiborne
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from School Library Journal and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Sloan and Piper each have secrets. One is a hero and the other a villain. After they accidentally switch bodies they discover they have more in common than they thought. Can they learn to work together? Really cute story! I have enjoyed the new DC comics for kids.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    I found out about Anti/Hero at the recent School Library Journal "Middle Grade Magic" conference. Anti/Hero sounded super intriguing so I was super excited to get an ARC copy via Netgalley.I loved the interplay between the two characters and it was a really well done graphic novel. I'd love if it became a series - I want to know more about Piper and Sloane!
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    Great middle grade superhero genre graphic novel. I enjoyed the contrast of the personalities of the 2 female antagonists. The hardworking, studious character juxtaposed with the loud, athletic, act now/think later character offered relatable traits for all readers. Also, the coloring is so well done, it left me wanting more. Lunetta & Quinn make a great team. Possible sequel? I hope so.
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  • Patti Sabik
    January 1, 1970
    Very clever new DC superhero comic for middle grade readers. I really think my middle school readers will enjoy this identity swapping story and relate to both heroines. Fun, entertaining plot with room to grow.
  • Tony
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so amazing. The work DC is doing at the former Zoom line is spectacular. My full review will be linked when this book is released post pandemic. For now, if you have some kids or middle readers who need an inspirational super hero tale, pre-order this book.
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  • Sharon Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Super fun and cute! A friendship story with a cool body-swapping/superhero twist:)Thanks to Netgalley for providing this EARC.
  • Fay
    January 1, 1970
    This was so cute and really fun! It went into some deep themes but was really easy to read and had a great moral ending.
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    What a great graphic novel! Strong but imperfect characters take us on a journey about learning to walk in another's shoes. Kids will love this one!
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good J/YA comic. Its set in the DC world but only just. You hear some name drops of familiar characters and places but mostly the story stands on its own. It was cute and enjoyable. This was a good J/YA comic. It’s set in the DC world but only just. You hear some name drops of familiar characters and places but mostly the story stands on its own. It was cute and enjoyable.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Got this as an ARC and I LOVED IT. I hope more stories are told with these characters!
  • Kellie
    January 1, 1970
    This was adorable!!
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute middle grade/middle school superhero book
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This was really cute and fun. Loving all the middle grade and YA DC releases of late.
  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received an ARC from the publisher at ALA Midwinter 2020.
  • Josh Newhouse
    January 1, 1970
    This was sweet and funny and good-natured!
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