When Kwong goes missing just days before his crowning performance and their mom gets wounded in crossfire, Run, Kwongs brother, finds himself, with his sidekick, Ali, in the middle of a violent battle between Red Deer’s rival gangs.

With wit, verve and a flair for the rap lyric, Jon Chan Simpson mashes up the (graphicless) graphic novel and the second-generation-immigrant narrative to forge a bold new vision of what the novel can be.