One of the Guardian Dragons has died and left part of the world unprotected. It is up to the zodiac animals to find the magic stars that will turn their master, Master Long, into the new guardian dragon, but first they must defeat the evil shadow rabbits.
This was a fun adaptation of Chinese folk tales. The animal characters remind me a little of the animals in Disney's Robin Hood. The illustrations are all in full color, and tell the story with energy. This book is pretty devoid of subtlety. As I read it the voice in my head kept slipping into the announcer voice from the old live-action Batman TV show. It has been amazing to me as I have read more graphic novels, what a range there is in style and "voice" in the illustrations. This one is not sophisticated, but I think 8 year old boys (or superhero fan girls) would love it and then play Mighty Zodiac pretend games during recess for a long time afterward. (148 p.)