Thursday, August 22, 2013

John Lewis' journey for justice begins in "MARCH: Book One"

MARCH: Book One, nonfiction graphic novel by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell  
It's not often that the Library of Justice gets to feature something related to actual "justice". Sure, we've got our share of superheroes and crime and mystery novels--but now we can say we've finally got our hands on something...historic.

New in the Library is MARCH: Book One a graphic novel from Top Shelf Comics by Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis. He's joined by co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell. Lewis' himself is narrator to a nonfiction retelling of his life: growing up in a poor sharecropping family, early participation in the Civil Rights movement, and first impressions of his role model, Martin Luther King Jr. The story is book-ended by his role in Congress at the time of Barack Obama's first presidential inauguration.

Click to enlarge interior pages

Powell's illustrations are powerful; deftly rendered in crisp black and white. The story is moving, never shying from the ugliness of the past, but also accessible to young readers without being heavy-handed. This is exactly the tone the story needs to be successful. It's dramatic, without skewing into melodrama.

I'm really looking forward to the follow-ups (this is the first of three parts). MARCH is one of a few nonfiction graphic novels we've got in stock and are extremely proud to share. We hope you enjoy it!

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