While going around killing people because they're Christian is obviously not ok, it's almost hard to hate Little Bao. He really believes he's doing what's right for China, as he is propelled by the belief that he was fighting in the name of their Gods and Ancestors.
|My copies were from the library, as usual. Hahah.|
Saints is told from the point of an unnamed girl from the same village. She's called "Four Girl," because she was the fourth daughter born. For that same reason, she is also ignored and unwanted by her family. While it may have began for the wrong reasons, she finds solace and friendship in Christianity. She is determined to be baptized, with one of the driving forces being that she will be able to choose a name for herself - Vibiana.
While Little Bao believes he's harnessing ancient powers, Vibiana has visions of Joan of Arc, and hopes to attain the same glory. As China is a dangerous place for Christians at the time, her and Little Bao's path eventually cross.
I really like reading books with different perspectives, because there's usually more to someones side of the story than you're led to believe. The author, Gene Luen Yang, did it so well here that he makes it hard to even pick a side. Vibiana and Little Bao are both enemies in the others story, and both characters come off as likable, even if you might not agree with what they're doing.
Since these are graphic novels, the artwork plays a big part. The colors in Boxers are more vibrant, while in Saints they are more muted and almost dreary. I didn't really like that at first, but later on it felt very fitting.
|From Boxers (click to enlarge)|
|From Saints (click to enlarge)|
Have you read these books? Maybe you've read something else by Gene Luen Yang? I also like his other book, American Born Chinese! I love discussing books, so let me know what you think!