From the Confessions of Nat Turner
I personally love Graphic Novels with historic value. Comics are more then just entertainment, they are a medium that blends the best from books and picture. Like a book a well written comic can store so much knowledge, like a photo each panel can tell a million words without saying anything. Nat Turner is one of these graphic novels.
This book is hauntingly beautiful. We see so much of the human condition in this book. At times the visuals are hard to really look at, you can glance them quickly or really look and see how horrific life was for the slaves. Living like animals because they were not free. Each page so clearly crafted that the right emotions are stuck at the right time.
Why this is a great example of how a Graphic Novel should be written is because it is a great balance of picture to text. Some writers like Alan Moore and Grant Morrison can turn some people off because of the amount of layers in their work, while extremely simple comics are just simple. Kyle Baker works within all his skill, as a writer and most importantly as an artist. A great artist can alter his skill to benefit the story and this is what Kyle Baker does. He is never stuck doing one style, even withing the span of a scene Kyle Baker's style can change to convey the emotion and the information he wants at a certain time.
This book is highly recommended read. Not because its Kyle Baker, but because it is great. It is a view of history that even a lot of Americans do not know. It is also a well constructed graphic novel. For Kyle Baker fans be warned I could not find a funny scene in this book, even with my dark humor. The strength in the storytelling is because Kyle Baker is a storyteller first and a comedian second. Nat Turner's life story is interesting and I am glad Kyle Baker wrote and illustrated this book. You really should check it out.
Cheers to knowledge and with knowledge comes power.