March: Book Three

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Top Shelf, $19.99 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-60309-402-3
The final volume of congressman and civil rights crusader Lewis’s memoir, produced with cowriter Aydin, gives a perfect balance of clarity and passion, drawing readers into the emotions of civil rights struggles, while carefully providing context and information, as well as empathy, even for the worst of the movement’s foes. Beginning with the church bombing at Birmingham, Ala.; moving through the blood-soaked years from 1963 to 1965; and ending with the signing of the Voting Rights Act, Lewis’s on-the-ground viewpoint puts many human faces on the historic battles. The narrative reveals the real work of revolution, focusing not just on the well-known events but the behind-the-scenes decision making, compromises, personal battles, sacrifices, and overall political landscape. It’s a dense and informative work propelled by Powell’s fluid layouts and vivid depictions of violence and emotion, as well as a personal passion that helps make this memoir timely and relevant, drawing a straight line between decades to compare the modern iterations of a struggle that still continues. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/29/2016
Release date: 08/01/2016
Genre: Comics
Prebound-Glued - 256 pages - 978-0-606-38605-0
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