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Nat Turner by Kyle Baker
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Aug 11, 2011

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bookshelves: graphic-novels, history, race, read-in-2011, everyone-dies

(7/10) An evocative work of nonfiction comics that adapts the short "confession" of Nat Turner into a full-length, largely silent graphic novel. There's an undeniable power to the images, accented by Baker's sketchy but photorealistic art, that manages to capture both the horrors of slavery and the brutal violence of Turner's rebellion. However, as a whole this didn't make too big of an impression on me -- silent comics can work great (see The Arrival) but here it just seemed like something was missing -- a kind of narrative complexity that gets lost with this kind of storytelling. This is one of those books that I found easier to appreciate then to genuinely like -- it's solidly constructed, but not especially spectacular, and I can't really give a verdict on it either way.

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