Graphic Novel Review: March by John Robert Lewis
Blurb: Top Shelf Productions is proud to present the first volume of MARCH, a graphic novel trilogy co-authored by Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) and Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell (a New York Times bestseller, Eisner Award winner, and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize).
MARCH is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.
In MARCH, a true American icon teams up with one of America’s most acclaimed graphic novelists. Together, they bring to life one of our nation’s most historic moments, a period both shameful and inspiring, and a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.
Things I liked:
- I loved that it was a first person narrative and some of my favorite bits were the descriptions of his younger life on the farm and what inspired him to want to be a part of the civil rights movement.
- The art was amazing in this novel, it perfectly suited the content.
- I felt I knew quite a bit about the civil rights movement but I felt this more personal account of his experiences was especially poignant.
Things I disliked:
- That it is only volume one, I would love already to read the next volume.
I thought this was so powerful, it has hard imagining being able to love someone who is beating you, kicking you and abusing you even though all your are asking is to be able to sit and eat at the same table as them. Yet they believed so strongly and stood so strong to that principle in spite of the challenges they faced is miraculous.
What I thought of the art style:
The artwork is very sketchy and light in it’s touch but it is compelling and powerful. The author says at the end that the reason they chose to do it in graphic novel form is because it is one thing to imagine these events another to actually see them. I think that is true, there is very little words in this panel but it tells you so much and is just so amazing!
Wow, this has to been one of the best graphic novels I have read this year. I remember the one of the first times I ever read about Martin Luther King I was in 5th grade and I remember feeling so sad when I read that during one of their peaceful protests even the children who were the same age as me were beaten, hosed down and tossed in prison. I think that is the essence of this graphic novel, it shows you in a visceral and visual way what the experience of the civil rights movement was like for the protesters. I think I have even more of an appreciation for the bravery of the men and women involved in this movement. I think this would be a great read for young and old alike, a great way for young people to connect to the history of the civil rights movement.