Saturday, August 20, 2016
Reader's Diary #1358 - John Lewis with Andrew Aydin (writers), Nate Powell (artist): March Book One
John Lewis comes across as a compelling but sweet, almost quiet man, and to think of him as helping lead a revolution might seem at first to be counter-intuitive. Until you see his path and personality intertwine. It is not surprising then to see him turn to the teachings of Gandhi and practice nonviolent resistance. But more importantly, and perhaps most interesting considering it's a side most people don't consider, March shows the work and practice involved in such a tactic. Indeed, it worked. And looking at it now, it's remarkable. It's embarrassing and confusing and angering to see white people refusing to even serve a black person in a restaurant. I don't get how or why they could have behaved that way, to try (and fail) to take away another human being's dignity.
Nate Powell's art perfectly matches the text, expressive and black and white to capture the time period, with a Will Eisner sort of style, sometimes abandoning the panel lines and giving such scenes an air of historical significance beyond Lewis's personal story. Powerful stuff.