Boxers is the story of the Boxer Rebellion told from the perspective of Little Bao. Bao has a calling to fight the foreign devils who have taken over his country. He trains men and together they become Brother-Disciples of the Righteous and Harmonious Fist. They roam the Chinese countryside fighting the foreign devils and the Christian Chinese. What they do does not always seem right, but they are fighting for what they believe is right. The final battle comes in Peking as they try to drive the foreigners from the city.
I know pretty much nothing about Chinese history. I had heard of the Boxer Rebellion but really had no idea what it was about. Gene Luen Yang distills the history of the conflict down so that anyone can understand it. The graphic novel format is perfect for this story. Since it is told from the view of Little Bao, we don’t get the entire story of the conflict and its aftermath, but we get enough. It will definitely peak your interest and make you want to learn more about the Boxer Rebellion.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers at ALA 2013.