Hey everyone! I haven’t posted in a while and I don’t really have an excuse. I’ve just needed some time away from work, school, and blogging. To make up for missed time, I’ll be posting four reviews over the next week before I return to normal life.
For this first post, it didn’t seem right to split the volumes apart so I will re reviewing March volumes 1-3. Because much of Mr. Lewis’ story is known, this won’t be an extensive retelling but an overview of each volume.
March is the semi-autobiographical story of Representive John Lewis, told in his and aide Andrew Aydin’s words, illustrated by Nate Powell. Volume 1 begins in Mr. Lewis’s early years, when segregation was still strong in the South. It follows him through his youth and how the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education affected him. It continues as Mr. Lewis as he begins college and meets Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and finishes with the peaceful sit-ins that organizes by students.
Volume 2 turns grittier as it follows the Freedom Riders, a group of men and women, white and black, as they ride public buses throughout the South the protest segregation. While many incidents ended in tension, there was also a great deal of animosity towards the Riders; most did not end their rides uninjured.
While the sit-ins and freedom rides seem to be making a difference, there is tension amongst the activists. Volume 3 focuses more on these tensions as activists are divided between those wanting to continue their work through peaceful means and those who are willing to take more action. The culmination of it all is the events of Blood Sunday in Selma, Alabama.
The entire story is interspersed with events of the 2008 Obama inauguration. The scenes create a nice counterbalance to the grittier past but also highlight how things have changed for the better.
Mr. Lewis’ story combined with Aydin’s knack of smoothing the story and Powell’s art make for a compelling series. I highly recommend this series to all Americans. It is our history, bloody, real, and all. I enjoyed the history lesson as it is not something you learn in schools. It is a story everyone should read and be aware of.
My (overall) rating: 4.5/5