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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2010
C. C. Colbert has been an American history teacher and has published over twenty books on the subject. Acknowledging the changing times, he has now written an in-depth graphic novel on John Wilkes Booth, illustrated by the French bande desinée (graphic novel) artist, Tanitoc. In his author's note, Colbert admits it is historical fiction, but tells the reader he did the research and is keeping it as accurate as possible. The art style has a grainy, sketchy look, making it seem like something old and dated, while the faces look realistic. At times the storyline gets a little convoluted, and the reader may loose their way - especially when many of the men's faces look very similar - the overall story of Booth's siding with the Confederacy and the plot and assassination of Lincoln are well understood. The book even goes further, covering the eventual capture and execution of Booth and his co-assassins, as well as exploring his romantic relationships, and his secret dealings. Booth is another fun and interesting graphic novel about an important person in American history that is both accurately written and well illustrated.

Originally written on March 19th 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Sacramento Book Review.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2010
Exactly who was John Wilkies Booth?
History would tell us plainly that he was Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and that he was part of a conspiracy, and one of a family of actors.
C.C. Colbert and Tanitoc shed light on a man who was seemingly more complex than previously known. Msr Colbert, after exhaustive research, has created an exhilarating narrative that shows the evolution of a revolutionary. As he states in his after comments, he was able to deviate from the `facts' and imagine what might have been. If he were alive today, Johnny Booth would have been just another protestor lining up to take verbal shots at Bush, then later Obama, and right alongside Oberman. What is titillating about the entire book is the political machinations that we would today call `Al Qaida' .
For a first time graphic novelist prompted on by his family, the effort is outstanding. The art, while seemingly crude (perhaps it's the brush heavy style) matches the narrative.

In the book, we encounter the Booth family of actors, brother, father, and brother. We meet his `women', Ella and Lucy. We meet the shadow conspiracy along with Mrs Surratt, Davy, Dr Mudd, and a diverse supporting cast caught up in post civil war/election-inauguration furor.
I can just imagine what a book on Louis Riel by C.C. Colbert would be like.
Tim Lasiuta
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2010
This book was a complete waste of time. I didn't learn anything about Booth that I didn't already know, when there are so many interesting facts about his life, such as his borrowing a uniform and pretending to be in the Virginia militia that captured the abolitionist John Brown at the federal armory at Harper's Ferry.
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on March 20, 2014
Honestly, this book may have wonderful content but the drawings are horrible. The strong point of most graphic novels is that the images make the information enticing, but in this case the poor quality of the artwork makes anything of substance in this book really deplorable.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2010
This is a decent enough story with some degree of silliness in that it depicts John Wilkes Booth as a thwarted idealist who seizes upon the chance of killing Lincoln after a lot of spying and double dealing. He is in way over his head throughout the book and then he ends up dead. This says a lot about idealism and acting. Edwin Booth gets some scenes but mostly its John Wilkes making a nuisance of himself.

I would give it more stars, but I don't like the art. Everything is too clumsy and unworkable. It should read much faster than it does.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2015
I found this book listed under my search for children's biographies. When it arrived I was disappointed to find it is in comic book format, but figured I must have overlooked the description. My nine year old was to use this as a source text for a research essay. Thankfully I flipped through it first and found NUDITY. Seriously??? This is a former library edition and sure enough, there's a little sticker on the binding that says "adult graphic." Maybe don't list this as a children's book anymore, eh?
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