They Called Us Enemy #1
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They Called Us Enemy #1

Writer: George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steve Scott Artist: Harmony Becker Publisher: Top Shelf Productions Release Date: July 17, 2019 Cover Price: $19.99 Critic Reviews: 1 User Reviews: 3
9.7Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Advance solicited for July release! George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's-and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.
In a stunning graphic memoir, Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon-and Am more

  • 9.7
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Jul 28, 2019

    Overall, the graphic novel is a sobering and relatable memoir of an American family, and the tragedy Japanese Americans faced during that time. The story by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott is heartfelt, melancholic, and true to life. The art by Harmony Becker is gorgeous. Altogether, a story you will not soon forget nor should ever. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Gizmo Aug 25, 2019

    Takei and team contrast his early memories as an innocent child with his later understandings, drawing parallels to recent events. They Called Us Enemy couldn't be more relevant.

  • 8.5
    AdmiralWhiskers Dec 4, 2020

    Winner of the American Book Award, it tells Takei's life story through the lens of the American internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.

    I finished V for Vendetta last night, and this book is yin to V's yang. The story is light, the artwork is simple and bright, the characters easily discernible, the content upbeat despite regular reminders of how our government was inhumane to these American citizens.

    I think my wife bought it for the kids, and I definitely would have my 7th grader read it. Might be a little heavy for my 2nd graders, what with the actual historical digressions that happen throughout. But yes, recommended as Takei shines a light on a piece of US history that only recently has been given nat more

  • 3.5
    SweetiePie May 15, 2020

    I wanted to be excited about this, and there is some good work by Harmony Becker, but the further I went into the story, the more it read like someone sat down and said, "How can we copy March? But, you know, for George Takei?" Even some of the jokes are the same. Was hoping for more originality and a serious look at the policy disaster that resulted in the Japanese internment. Makes we wish they had focused on Korematsu instead of the "celebrity" element in Takei. Hard pass.

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