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The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First C... by Frank Miller
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Jan 29, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: comics, miller-frank, science-fiction, 2011

I first came across Martha Washington in ads back in the 90s, but never got around to checking it out. Then for a long time, after having well and truly developed an appreciation for Frank Miller's work, it seemed as if no good collections of the first instalment in Martha's saga, Give Me Liberty, was available in print. And then finally, I came across this.

This very hefty volume, 600 pages in total, collects all of Martha's outings at the hands of writer Miller and artist Dave Gibbons from Give Me Liberty (#1–4), Happy Birthday Martha Washington (including the stories "Collateral Damage", "Logistics", "State of the Art" and "Insubordination"), Martha Washington Goes to War (#1–5), Martha Washington Stranded in Space (including the stories "Crossover" and "Attack of the Flesh-Eating Monster"), Martha Washington Saves the World (#1—3) and Martha Washington Dies, as well as a volume introduction by Miller, ongoing introductions by Gibbons to the different stories and story arcs, and a great deal of extra material in terms of sketches, covers, and whatnot.

And it is really good stuff. Born in a by now alternate (originally near future) 1995, Martha Washington is a black woman born only to grow up in the segregated ghetto of the Green. This is a political story, a human story and an absolutely engaging science fiction story.

Throughout the many narratives, Miller and Gibbons expands and extrapolates from their original concept, but at the centre of it all, we always find Martha, who is an absolutely compelling character that very much seems to be Miller's idea of the American dream incarnated, or perhaps the spirit it requires at least.

Definitely a highly recommended volume, whether you have made Martha's acquaintance elsewhere before or not.
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Reading Progress

January 29, 2011 – Shelved
January 29, 2011 – Shelved as: comics
January 29, 2011 – Shelved as: miller-frank
January 29, 2011 – Shelved as: science-fiction
June 23, 2011 – Started Reading
June 23, 2011 –
page 16
2.67%
June 24, 2011 –
page 59
9.83%
June 26, 2011 –
page 271
45.17%
June 27, 2011 –
page 341
56.83%
June 28, 2011 –
page 421
70.17%
June 29, 2011 –
page 432
72.0%
August 25, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
August 25, 2011 – Finished Reading

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