Comic Book Review: Warship Jolly Roger & The Complete Maus

cover91079-mediumTitle: Warship Jolly Roger Vol. #1

Author: Sylvain Runberg

Publication Date: August 9, 2016

Publisher: Magnetic Press

Synopsis: In gritty, star-spread future, where mankind has colonized planets throughout the galaxy, former Confederation Commander Jon T. Munro was serving a life sentence for a war crime he was forced to commit. When a prison break runs amok, however, he seizes the opportunity to escape with a ragtag team of cons to form a small crew of pirates with one goal in mind: vengeful justice. And the first step in their plan is to steal the battle cruiser he once commanded, a state-of-the-art warship they call “The Jolly Roger”. A visually stunning sci-fi adventure, written by Sylvain Runberg (Millennium), with breathtaking artwork by Miquel Montllo, this epic tale of space pirates and political intrigue combines the emotional depth and excitement of sci-fi favorites such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Starship Troopers”, with a visual style that leaps off the page like an animated feature film. 

Review

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Warship Jolly Roger follows four criminals who have just escaped prison. Munro, a war criminal who was convicted of crimes that he was commanded to do, a smuggler named Kowalski, a female with connections to a rebel group named Alisa, and a mysterious, quiet, and very young boy who answers to the name Thirteen.

This story starts with the prisoner’s escape and follows their adventures as they attempt to capture the President and evade the authorities. Some of the main character’s have flashbacks and we learn the real reasons they have been imprisoned. We even meet some of the main character’s family and friends, which provides the readers with more a background for the characters.

While the artwork was colorful and vivid, I did not find myself overly invested with the character’s stories. By the end of the book, there was only one character I had interest in. I’m not sure if I can see myself continuing on with this series, but if I do, it would only be for one particular character.

3 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author

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You can find Sylvain Runberg on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.


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Title: The Complete Maus

Author: Art Spiegelman

Publication Date: October 2, 2003

Publisher: Penguin Books

Synopsis: Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.

Review

I read Maus I and Maus II separate, however, I am going to review them together for convenience’s sake.

When I first heard about this comic book, I was a bit perplexed…a non-fiction comic book in which people are portrayed by animals? I wasn’t so sure about the concept, but after reading many positive reviews, I decided to give these books a shot. I am very happy I did read these books, because it is a story that needs to be told and one that everyone needs to read.

While Vladek Spiegelman had very humble beginnings, he falls in love with young girl, Anja, who has a very rich family. After they are married, he soon has his own textiles shop and couldn’t be happier. It does not take long for things to change once the war begins. Soon, Vladek and Anja’s entire family has been moved out of their homes and are sent to various camps.

At the end of everything, it isn’t Vladek’s money (although it does help at times) that saves him, but it is Vladek’s resourcefulness that keeps Anja and him alive. Vladek’s resourcefulness was astounding. He knew how to drive a good bargain, many that kept him alive, and was also extremely smart.

It was interesting to see how race was portrayed in these books. The Jews was portrayed as mice, as the Nazis saw them as a vermin that needed to be exterminated. Nazis were portrayed as cats, the Polish as pigs, and Americans as dogs. It opens your eyes as to how others see people as what they look like, not who they are. Like I previously stated, everyone needs to read these books. It truly makes you realize how much we take for granted, how much we complain about the most mundane things. It is a breathtaking survival’s tale during one of the most horrific times in history.

4 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author

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Art Spiegelman has been a staff artist and contributing editor at The New Yorker, as well as the cofounder/coeditor of RAW, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comics and graphics. In addition to Maus—which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and twice nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award—he is the author of Breakdowns and In the Shadow of No Towers. He lives in New York City with his wife, Françoise Mouly…and a cat.

Yu can find him on Goodreads and Facebook.

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