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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Che: A Graphic Biography Book Review

Che: A Graphic Biography Book Review

About the Book: A symbol of counterculture worldwide, Ernesto “Che” Guevara is one of the most, if not the most, recognizable and influential revolutionary figures of the twentieth century. From the pages of history textbooks to silk-screened T-shirts at Urban Outfitters, his mythologized face is positively unavoidable. But what, exactly, does this glorified image stand for?

Our Take: He has already been plastered on t-shirts and band stickers for decades, and now Che Guevara has become a comic book super star!  The question does beg from many people, who is Che?  Why is he so important?  This book takes great strives to answer those questions.

The writing in the graphic novel is obviously not as extensive as it could be in an all-out book, but I've read my share of comics books both in childhood and adulthood and this one stacks up nicely.  It is respectful and does justice to the source material and is careful to stay unbiased on the subject.

Now, the just as important aspect in a graphic novel....the artwork.  I'm an artist myself and I'm rather particular about such things.  I have to be honest, I wasn't impressed by the art in this title.  The drawings of Che look enough like him, but they're very basic and uninteresting.  It would've been nice to see someone with either more skill or a unique style take a shot at it.  Still, it is good enough to make the book an enjoyable read.

Che: A Comic Biography is a great way to get a young person or someone interested in comics to read something real.  Che's story is one of humanity and struggle and independance and it should be shared with all generations.

How to buy: You can get this title on Amazon.com or the Hill and Wang website