Ichiro by Ryan Inzana

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Ichiro lives in New York City with his Japanese mother. His father, an American soldier, was killed in Iraq. Now, Ichi’s mom has decided they should move back to Japan to live with Ichi’s grandfather.
   Grandfather becomes Ichi’s tour guide, taking him to temples as well as the Hiroshima Peace Park, where Ichi starts to question the nature of war. After a supernatural encounter with the gods and creatures of Japanese mythology, Ichi must face his fears if he is to get back home. In doing so, he learns about the nature of man, of gods, and of war. He also learns there are no easy answers—for gods or men.


About Ryan Inzana

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Ryan Inzana is an illustrator and comic artist whose work has appeared in numerous magazines, ad campaigns, books, and various other media all over the world. Ichiro is his second graphic novel. He lives in New Jersey, with his wife. Visit his website at www.ryaninzana.com.
Published March 20, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A young American teen, son of a Japanese immigrant and an American soldier killed in combat, goes to Japan with his mother for an extended visit and begins to grapple with sophisticated cultural complexities.

Feb 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Ichiro


From here we spend a lot of time going places and being told Grandfather’s opinion about them while Ichiro does exciting things like watch his grandfather, read, refuse to eat a fish, talk about his mom, look at two giggling girls on a subway, visit shrines, be lectured about the end of world war...

May 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Ichiro

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What follows is brilliantly captivating fantasy, a boldly told and vividly realized book that is wholly original and yet a wonderfully evocative tribute to classic comics (at least, that’s what I take from the pages of Ryan Inzana’s masterful work: They seem, so often, to evoke imagery from comic...

May 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Ichiro

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Ichiro gets mistaken for the enemy and meets a god who explains what happened and the role that humanity played.

May 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Ichiro


Rather, that disjointedness actually gives Ichiro a grander scale, with a subtly heartwarming story uniquely its own.

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