Katana at Super Hero High
DC Super Hero High Girls, Book #4
By Lisa Yee
Author Website: http://www.lisayee.com/
Get your cape on with the DC Super Hero Girls(TM)–the unprecedented new Super Hero universe especially for girls! Readers of all ages can fly high with the all-new adventures of Wonder Woman(TM), Supergirl(TM), Batgirl(TM), and some of the world’s most iconic female super heroes as high schoolers!
Sword-wielding Katana isn’t like most high school students–but with classmates like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, Super Hero High isn’t like most high schools!
In addition to training to be a superhero, Katana also follows the noble warrior traditions of the Samurai. Now an unknown source has given her the responsibility of guarding a hundred ancient Samurai swords–but why her, and for what purpose? With the help of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Ms. Martian, and some of her other super friends, she intends to find out. But she just made captain of the fencing team, she has a huge school project due, and a villain with ties to her family’s past seems to be amassing an army. Maintaining her inner peace isn’t going to be easy . . .
. . . but Katana has the steel to save the day! (Goodreads)
I was so excited to see Katana as the featured super in the fourth book of the Super Hero High Girls series! Katana has been quite a mysterious character in the previous books. In the first one, readers had small glimpses of Katana and as the series expanded we got a chance to see more of her and get to know her personality. Now, we really get to know Katana and her background story.
The book starts off, right where book three ended. Katana is late for Batgirl’s party and she is nowhere to be found. This is unusual of Katana and the rest of the supers start looking for her. They finally find Katana within the tunnels of Super Hero High with a hundred samurai swords, which come from an unknown source along with mysterious clues that Katana has to solve in order to learn why they are related to her past.
Something that I liked about the Katana portrayed in this story is that she is very artistic and well disciplined, and gives her best in everything she does, whether it’s her training or school work. This can be seen in her swordsmanship, in June Moon’s art class and in Crazy Quilt’s class as well. Another aspect I liked about Katana was her interaction with Miss Martian that later turned into a solid friendship. In this book, not only does the reader get to know more about Katana, but we also get to know more about Miss Martian who is typically in the background invisible to others. Miss Martian turns out to be a key element in solving some of Katana’s mysteries.
Another character that gets some spotlight is Parasite, the janitor. I hadn’t really paid much attention to his character in the previous books, but he kind of grows on you in this one. Katana’s grandmother was also an interesting character, at a certain point through the book, Katana learns more about her and I just loved the way author Lisa Yee wrote this part, it had a cozy, warm feeling between grandmother and granddaughter. One of my favorite scenes was when the villain reveals itself to the superheroes, it was like imagining a scene of an old Japanese movie 😉
Another great book by Lisa Yee. She is reinventing the superheroes for the young fans that are starting to get into comic book heroes with her own twist but keeping some of the old school comic book elements. I recommend you read Katana at Super Hero High.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*