Sci-Fu

Sci-Fu

Hip-Hop, Sci-Fi and Kung Fu all hit the turn-tables for the mash-up mix of the year! Cartoonist/force of nature Yehudi Mercado (Pantalones, TX, Rocket Salvage) sets his sights on 1980s Brooklyn and Wax, a young mix-master who scratches the perfect beat and accidentally summons a UFO that transports his family, best friend, and current crush to the robot-dominated planet of...

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Title:Sci-Fu
Author:Yehudi Mercado
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Edition Language:English

Sci-Fu Reviews

  • Lindsey

    *I received an ARC of this title courtesy of NetGalley*

    Thirteen-year-old Wax is on a mission to be the best DJ in Brooklyn, but he just might have to be the best in the universe to get the girl and save his neighborhood.

    One day Wax’s skills on the 1s and 2s transport him to Discopia, a colorful robot planet where he has to use a fun combination of Kung fu and sci-fi to get himself and his loved ones home.

    Filled with wonderful references to throwback hip-hop and 80s pop culture, this is a fun, qu

    *I received an ARC of this title courtesy of NetGalley*

    Thirteen-year-old Wax is on a mission to be the best DJ in Brooklyn, but he just might have to be the best in the universe to get the girl and save his neighborhood.

    One day Wax’s skills on the 1s and 2s transport him to Discopia, a colorful robot planet where he has to use a fun combination of Kung fu and sci-fi to get himself and his loved ones home.

    Filled with wonderful references to throwback hip-hop and 80s pop culture, this is a fun, quick, and enjoyable read.

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)

    Wax is determined to be the best DJ in the world, but when his mixes accidentally answer an interstellar challenge, he'll have to be the best DJ in the universe to protect his family and friends from the robots of Discotopia, where he fights against the evil King using the ancient art of Sci-Fu, a martial art that uses sound waves as weapons.

    I'm not much of a fan of rap music, but I am a musician, so I was more than intrigued about a comic that uses music to fight off alien robots! I loved all t

    Wax is determined to be the best DJ in the world, but when his mixes accidentally answer an interstellar challenge, he'll have to be the best DJ in the universe to protect his family and friends from the robots of Discotopia, where he fights against the evil King using the ancient art of Sci-Fu, a martial art that uses sound waves as weapons.

    I'm not much of a fan of rap music, but I am a musician, so I was more than intrigued about a comic that uses music to fight off alien robots! I loved all the rhyming and rhythm. I could almost hear the music in my head as I was reading the book!

    The plot surprised me and kept me guessing with lots of great twists. The dialogue is snappy and kept me laughing. The characters have some great development, and I loved seeing how they each interact with each other, building trust and working together to protect their planet.

    The illustrations are full of vibrant colors and it gives a very energetic feel to the panels. The fight scenes are wonderfully put together, and the action is clear and interesting.

    The world of Discotopia is imaginative and playful. Even though the battles are serious, and we feel the suspense of everything being at stake for our characters, there is also such amusing humor too, so that it never feels too heavy.

    A delightful read!

    Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

  • Adam Stone

    Have you been looking for an all ages book featuring a mostly Black cast, an ice cream truck, robot aliens, hip-hop, and cats. Well, it's finally Your Year.

    Sci-Fu is a fun book, if you can stomach 80s style raps as written in the voice of young teenagers. It's silly, beautifully drawn, and perfectly colored. My one issue is that the "terrible" "worst rap ever" is really the same quality as the rest of the rap in the book that's supposed to be "the best ever", but that might be a deliberate joke

    Have you been looking for an all ages book featuring a mostly Black cast, an ice cream truck, robot aliens, hip-hop, and cats. Well, it's finally Your Year.

    Sci-Fu is a fun book, if you can stomach 80s style raps as written in the voice of young teenagers. It's silly, beautifully drawn, and perfectly colored. My one issue is that the "terrible" "worst rap ever" is really the same quality as the rest of the rap in the book that's supposed to be "the best ever", but that might be a deliberate joke on the author's part. Even if it isn't, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story.

    I recommend this for kids, people looking for more all-age books with Black protagonists (and robot aliens), sci-fi fans, people who really like pink and purple in the background of comic panels, readers who scan panels looking for cool detail effects, and fans of cheesy 80s freestyle-style rap.

  • Manon

    Wax is a kid from Brooklyn, he loves DJing, rapping and hanging out with his best friend. One day, as he’s DJing, something very weird happens and his entire house and the street near it is transported into another planet and dimension.

    The welcoming committee is a talking snowman that tells him he’s a sci-fu master and and a giant robot that tries to kill him.

    That’s when trouble starts…

    When I read the synopsis, I was very intri

    Wax is a kid from Brooklyn, he loves DJing, rapping and hanging out with his best friend. One day, as he’s DJing, something very weird happens and his entire house and the street near it is transported into another planet and dimension.

    The welcoming committee is a talking snowman that tells him he’s a sci-fu master and and a giant robot that tries to kill him.

    That’s when trouble starts…

    When I read the synopsis, I was very intrigued. It seemed like a very interesting idea. And it was interesting. Sadly, it was also confusing, too much was happening too fast, it lacked built up. I also couldn’t feel the love between the characters and I didn’t have time to fall for them either.

    It all just felt rushed. And that’s a damn shame.

  • Heather Brown

    Really retro but fully futuristic, Sci-Fu is a fun rap battle graphic novel. Wax's mix skills accidentally get him in a duel with rapping kung fu robot aliens. If Wax loses, the aliens gain control of not just Brooklyn, but the whole earth. If Wax wins, maybe he will also win the heart of his crush, Pirate Polly.

    Great artwork and diverse characters. I can definitely say that my students will be excited to check this book out!

  • Kate

    Good little middle-grade graphic novel that manages to seamlessly connect sci-fi and hip-hop in 1980s Brooklyn. Some of the references may go over the head of younger readers, but all the knowing inclusions that Mercado adds into the narrative don't detract from the story-telling, so readers won't get drawn out or lost in this.

    The art style is influenced by '80s street art, and although a few panels are noisy making it hard to distinguish the voices and stalling the narrative a few times, it add

    Good little middle-grade graphic novel that manages to seamlessly connect sci-fi and hip-hop in 1980s Brooklyn. Some of the references may go over the head of younger readers, but all the knowing inclusions that Mercado adds into the narrative don't detract from the story-telling, so readers won't get drawn out or lost in this.

    The art style is influenced by '80s street art, and although a few panels are noisy making it hard to distinguish the voices and stalling the narrative a few times, it adds to the over-all theme of the comic.

    Would recommend for readers aged 10-14, and probably parents aged 40-60 too!

  • Billie

    The illustrations are awesome and the story is fun, but the rap battles don't translate well to written text and, since the raps are kind of central to the whole concept of the book, it negatively impacted my impression of the book as a whole.

  • Chad

    A blended up puree of Scott Pilgrim and Parappa the Rapper with a swirl of Run DMC.

  • Watch Books

    *Received through NetGalley*

    DNF

    2.5

    My first time reading/reviewing a "comic book" so my expectations could have been way too low or high but.... The book started off somewhat strong, then completely spiraled in my opinion.

    First and formost, a fun, chill, creative book with an all black cast...mostly (I'll get to that)

    I no doubt got the funky feel from the artwork and characters, and it was fun and refreshing being that its not the vibes I get from most of my reading.

    Here and there, I r

    *Received through NetGalley*

    DNF

    2.5

    My first time reading/reviewing a "comic book" so my expectations could have been way too low or high but.... The book started off somewhat strong, then completely spiraled in my opinion.

    First and formost, a fun, chill, creative book with an all black cast...mostly (I'll get to that)

    I no doubt got the funky feel from the artwork and characters, and it was fun and refreshing being that its not the vibes I get from most of my reading.

    Here and there, I ran across some one-liners that really tickled me, so more fun points.

    I really want to applaud the author for the original concept. Like I said, I don't usually reads these types of things (comics/hip hop), but it was the concept of disk jockeying mixed with kung fu, thrown in with futuristic vibes, robots and a talking snow man that really got me.

    now......

    If you somehow were keeping up with my painful updates, you will know that this book went on for WAAAAY to long, I hardly made it past the half point mark. You know when you keep reading and reading something, but when you go to look at the page count, its like you aren't moving along at all? This.

    The dialog was kind of hard for me to follow. It was a lot being said, but not really....its hard to explain, but annoyed me greatly.

    It didn't really stick to the "concept" very well. We got a lot of chitter from Wax and his friends and family, but not very much of the "Hip-Hop, Sci-Fi and Kung Fu". It felt like a lot could have been cut out, and more could have been focused on, explained better.

    The random/timed fights that kept popping up? They should have been exciting but they just were more annoying each time.

    Towards the middle.....the polly thing with the sound? Wax ignoring his family? His best friend deciding to turn on them or something? And that weird jumping into the past fight sequence? The "twist" from the bad guys? All should have got me wanting to read more but sadly just had me wanting to slam my head against a wall. This coupled with the biggest turn off for me that was....

    Polly. Upon first being introduced to Wax's crush, I thought she was cute, loved her purple puff and eye patch, and I could tell she wouldn't disrupt the story. But you know what else I thought?

    "How nice! Cute black girl who is the love interest that isn't displayed in a negative light."

    But haha, jokes on me because guess what? Naaaaaaturally, Polly isn't African American. She is Hispanic.

    !!!!!!!!!!!

    I wanted this not to bother me, but reading from that point had me scratching my head like....why? For her to be cute, or nice, she must not have been able to be just black. And then I looked to Wax's sister who looks like mini terminator in a tutu at times. She has a bad attitude, a weird hairline,scary teeth and eyes, and is overall a ball of negative energy. She is also the only black girl in the book. Hmmmm....

    The author is not black, so if this was intentional or not, I don't know, don't care. Maybe it was ok because when black people write things they make sure to do things like that aaaalll the time, so now its just whats expected. Stuff like this happens too much though, and just left a bad taste in my mouth so...yeah.

    A cool concept and art work that no doubt takes you on a funky adventure. Was way to long for my liking taking the subject and story line, but that may differ from person to person. Not one of my strongest recommendation due to my dislikes. But hey, different strokes. -Zoe

    (P.S. And now I'm confused.... Was Wax and his family African-American or not? I was getting Jamaican vibes but now I'm not sure. Seems kind of hodge podgey to me and real mish mash if so.)

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