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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

NAT TURNER #1 in HEEB



Heeb Best Comics of 5768: Nat Turner

#1 (of 10) Nat Turner by Kyle Baker (Abrams)

With brutal attention to historical detail, writer/artist/animator Kyle Baker draws the story of Nat Turner and his 1831 slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia . This punch-you-in-the-soul charcoalishly-illustrated nearly-silent graphic novel doesn’t glamorize, heroicize, politicize, or judge what some deem a killing spree, and others, the beginning of the civil rights movement / resistance; it just shows it—packing a visceral and emotional whoomph. In fact, much of the material was adapted directly from Turner’s matter-of-fact prison diary. One for the libraries. JEFF NEWELT

Thank you, HEEB...Happy New Year! -eg

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