Rating: 4/5 – Presidential History Isn’t Boring In This Hilarious Comic.
Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey hack through the proverbial bull of the typical George Washington and the cherry tree story. A young George allegedly cut down a prized family cherry tree and then wouldn’t tell a lie about doing it. This digital comic doesn’t have anything to do with a cherry trees other than the hilarious cover. Van Lente chooses to focus in on some of the lesser known aspects Washington’s life story. Van Lente isn’t afraid to to show the darker side of Washington’s character like owning hundreds of slaves. Seeing history played out in a comic is a great way to learn while also being entertained.
There are twenty pages in this digital comic so this is a very abbreviated telling of our first president’s history. It’s a great springboard from which to spark interest and dig deeper into Washington’s legacy. Dunlavey’s artwork is very funny and draws you in further with it’s witty depictions of Washington’s life. After reading and enjoying “The Comic Book History of Comics” I was looking for more from this creative team. The artwork is more interesting in “Presidents” with the addition of some color. The quality of the draftsmanship is much improved over Dunlavey’s similar series with Van Lente called “Action Philosophers.”
This Action Presidents series will feature a different “founding father” in each issue with John Adams in issue two. The series will be a digital first with a possible print trade paperback if it does well enough. It’s worthwhile to revisit our nation’s early history to realize how murky it is. The so-called founding fathers weren’t all in agreement on how the future of freedom should look in America. I look forward to learning more about these “Action Presidents” in each of these digital comics.
Reviewed by: Ian Gowan – firstname.lastname@example.org
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