by Colbert, C. C.,
Additional authors: Tanitoc, -- 1969- | Sycamore, Hilary.
Published by : First Second, (New York, NY :) Physical details: 168 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 22 cm. ISBN:9781596431256 (pbk.). Year: 2010
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741.5973 (Browse shelf) 1 Available

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In a time when brother was pitted against brother, no family was more divided than the Booths.

The United States has become violently polarized. Political fanaticism divides an embittered populace. A recently elected President--an energizing symbol of change for some, and a harbinger of the downfall of America for others--stands at the center of the turmoil. It is 1865, and John Wilkes Booth is about to assassinate the President of the United States.

From the pen of American historian C.C. Colbert and the brush of French comics master Tanitoc comes a thought-provoking perspective on one of the greatest villains of U.S. History: a killer who was also an actor, a lover, a doubter, and, in his own mind, a patriot.

Formerly CIP.

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Library Journal Review

Colbert earned a degree in history from Princeton, and although he describes this as historical fiction, there's little doubt that it was copiously researched. Colbert and French artist Tanitoc deliver the story of Abraham Lincoln's assassin with believable authority, even as they fill in undocumented details with fictional passages and encounters. Colbert displays Booth as a Shakespearian actor turned zealous confederate sympathizer; not so much an evil man as a man of conviction, however wrong that conviction may be. At first blush, Tanitoc's art appears watery and unspecific, with amorphous figures and little detail. But with the exception of a few muddled scenes, Tanitoc's storytelling here is beyond reproach. The artist juggles a massive cast of characters with aplomb, creating distinct faces for each despite spare, brutish line work. The biggest qualm is the relative lack of impact of the assassination scene. The murder occurs about two-thirds of the way through the book, with the final third detailing Booth's attempted escape and subsequent demise. Verdict A fine example of well-researched and professionally executed historical fiction in the graphic novel realm from a publisher known for quality.-Robert Young, The Comics Interpreter Magazine (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-The life of notorious John Wilkes Booth receives a striking adaptation. The tagline-"Actor, Lover, Idealist.Assassin"-summarizes the book's approach. The text follows Booth's life, starting with his early years as he strove to make his own way in the world, to his success as an actor, his doomed romances, his increasing role in the anti-abolitionist underground, and finally to the physically broken fugitive he became. The great trick that the book pulls off is managing to create empathy for Booth, despite his flaws and crimes. Along the way, readers receive glimpses of Lincoln-era American life, from the ornate estates of the upper class, to the bawdy taverns of the under classes. The artwork by French artist Tanitoc is looser in style than most North American readers will be used to, but the bold and strategic color palette is compelling. Due to the artistic style and the relatively small size of the overall work, characters' faces are sometimes hard to distinguish, although color is often used to differentiate them.-Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

President Lincoln's assassin had a complicated psychology and deep-dyed allegiance to the Confederate cause. Historian Colbert has scripted an engaging and insight-provoking portrait of John Wilkes Booth from youth through his demise, exploring his relationships with women of high and low esteem, competition with his brother both on- and offstage, and the cloak-and-dagger conspiracies that were part of nineteenth-century spy circles. Graphic-novelist and scholar Tanitoc's luminous full-color art shows details of landscape, architecture, dress, and posture; his people's faces are rarely beautiful but show finely tuned individuality. This is an engaging read for literary graphic-novel fans and also for historical-fiction readers just beginning to get acquainted with the graphic-novel format.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2010 Booklist

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