LIBRARY JOURNAL (STARRED) -- Homeless teenage ninja master Jesse
"Street Angel" Sanchez branches out to battle more than "ninjas,
drugs, nepotism, and pre-algebra" in this action-packed, hilarious
new story collection from series cocreators Rugg (Dr.
Horrible) and Maruca (Afrodisiac). In "Street Angel:
After School Kung Fu Special," Jesse contends with dual challenges
when her best friend begs her to find a date to the school dance
and a cruel boy named Jacob attempts to goad her into a fight. In
"Street Angel Gang," the promise of free pizza lures her to the
tryouts for a local gang, whose members are impressed after she
first steals a rival gang leader's robot arm, and later a live
tiger. Throughout, Rugg's virtuosic illustrations combine a punky
aesthetic with influences ranging from manga to commercial art,
mixing bright colors, muted shading, sharp angles, and looping
lines to create a distinctive, infectious energy perfectly matched
to the antics of our clever and entertaining protagonist.
VERDICT Unimpressed at meeting Santa Claus but ebullient while serving out a prison sentence, Jesse is a scrappy yet supremely confident spitfire with appeal to readers of all ages.