Puerto Rico Strongby Hazel Newlevant, Marco Lopez, Desiree Rodriguez, Naomi Franquiz, Derek Ruiz, Neil Schwartz, Ronnie Garcia, Daniel Irizarri Oq Published 14 Mar 2018
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Puerto Rico Strong is a comics anthology that explores what it means to be Puerto Rican and the diversity that exists within that concept, from today's most exciting Puerto Rican comics creators. All proceeds go to UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to Support Puerto Rico.
Despite being a US territory, Puerto Rico is often thought of as a foreign land, if it’s even a thought in the mind of the average American at all. Its people exist in all corners of America; some of them have parents who immigrated from the home island, others are a part of families that have been on the mainland for generations. Then there are those who have come to the states in search of a dream but struggle to integrate into an unfamiliar culture, while there are those who have lived in the United States all of their lives but still have the same struggle because of the color of their skin or their sexual identity. These stories follow individuals from diverse walks of life but are all part of the culture that is Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico Strong features art and writing by Rosa Colon, Vita Ayala, Naomi Franquiz, Javier Cruz Winnick, Sabrina Cintron, Ronnie Garcia, Fabian Nicieza, Joamette Gil, and many more!
"Puerto Rico Strong" Reviews
This anthology features different styles of art so it was easy to like a few of them. I appreciate the effort in putting this together and the history lessons presented in some of the stories. My main issues have been shared by other reviewers here - some of the stories are too short and most are not very memorable.
I'll probably purchase a physical copy for my library.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an electronic version in exchange for an honest review.
Impulse borrow at the library, and it was really good - go buy it if you can! My complete review:
Source of the book: Lawrence Public Library
As a lesbian, I have always recognized the importance of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement. However, I had never considered how, as an adult, I needed to see my culture, my history,my viewpoint, until I read this collection.
Profits go to Hurricane María relief efforts and, trust me, we still need them.
It's really tough to put out an anthology of comics for a good cause and make it memorable. This collection boasts a number of talented artists and writers from the comics industry. And while I found myself nodding (in agreement, not exhaustion) at several times while I read it, when I reached the end, none of it had stuck with me.
Most of the stories felt rushed and played more on sentimentality than on engaging with emotions. I don't blame any of the creative teams for this, as it's incredibly tough to pack a three to ten page graphic novel story with enough information and character to stay with a reader.
Also, at the end of the book were a series of pull quotes about how honored all the creators were to be involved, and it felt garish and self-aggrandizing rather than humble and sincere.
I recommend this mainly to people who enjoy the modern fund-raising anthology. It's for a good cause, and I don't doubt the intentions of anyone involved with this project.
My heart gives it a 5*, my head a 3. More thoughts to come in a future wrap up on my channel.
*I received this book as an eARC from Lion Forge via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This comics anthology features stories from all different aspects of the Puerto Rican people. There are stories about the history of the island and its people, the present day reach of the Puerto Rican people, and the future. There's romance. There's historical facts, mythology, and more. There's even some fantasy and sci-fi stories.
I wasn't familiar with the Taino culture before this. The island has such rich history, merging many different cultures through many different means. I loved seeing a peek into a world I'm not very knowledgeable of.
This comics anthology is a great effort to raise support for and knowledge of the Puerto Rican people. Every story is full of so much heart. I give this book a 5/5.