John Wesley Powell (1834–1902) always had the spirit of adventure in him. As a young man, he traveled all over the United States exploring. When the Civil War began, Powell went to fight for the Union, and even after he lost most of his right arm, he continued to fight until the war was ...more
Side note: This is the 14th book I've read this year to prominently feature an amputee. That's an unexpected trend. And warning, there is ...more
Also, I kind of want to go to the Grand Canyon now. How have I never been?
There's only so much excitement you can relate of exploring a river by boat. It gets a little repetitive in the kinds of trials faced: rapids, wet food and clothes, lost items, disgruntled explorers, and more rapids and more rapids and more wet food. That's not Nathan Hale's fault, it was what Powell and gang experienced. Of course, Powell was a bit of ...more
For most, the loss of a limb would mean the ...more
The story uses flashbacks to weave the two plot lines together, with transitions helpfully announced by the hangman for readers. He also puts a mustache on ...more
I wanted... more? Major Powel comes off as a bit of a jerk (which could be completely accurate, I haven't read any detailed history about him before), but I like the "heroes" of the book to be more likable. Maybe it was just this whole book felt more agenda/angry? Which made Mr. Hale reach for humor and devolve into anatomy humor (which he hasn't done before in...more
There was one part that I found obnoxious. Hangman notes that his ancestors were probably awful people. My son read this with the idea that Hangman's ...more
I know the author wanted to fill in the background of Powell as a man, which was educational, but less interesting (in my ...more
Those who appreciate this series will not be disappointed in the blend of history and humor.
He is the illustrator of the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel, Calamity Jack. He also illustrated Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody, The ...more