This children's book is very well done. It details what is known about Stephen Bishop, a slave who conducted tours of Mammoth Caves. Told by him, the author and illustrator cover not only slavery and race laws pre-Civil War, but also do so in a beautiful and lyrical manner. There is a note at the end that details the known facts about Bishop
This latest look at the Witchblade brings us a new possessor of the Witchblade with all her problems and doubts. It introduces a whole load of subordinate characters and the whole thing works well even if the reader is not familiar with previous incarnations. The plot moves along at a reasonable pace and the illustrations are not as refined as in previous series but are still of good quality. Quite good stuff – and now on to Volume 2.
This week I read Lafayette and the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell and Lethal Warriors by David Philipps. I am still working my way through Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, which I hope to finish by the end of next week. I am adding Eye on the Struggle by James McGrath Morris (biography of Ethel Payne) and The True American by Anand Giridharadas (true crime).
And the Sentry is an interesting character: he exists as a Superman-like figure in the Marvel universe, but also contains The Void, his greatest nemesis. He's been out of commission as a superhero, he's been crazed, he has a fascinating history. He's just also not been my favorite of characters. That being said, Jeff Lemire was writing this! Lemire is one of my favorites, so I happily signed on to read this.
Doctor Strange has created a universe in The Sentry's head; he has to go there every twenty four hours and play superhero to keep The Void at bay. In the real world, he's an old, washed up cook in a greasy diner. In Sentry-World he has Scout and The Sentress to help him fight crime. In the real world, Billy and Jenny are another cook and a waitress where he works.
Billy knows about Sentry world. Billy used to be Scout and now has one arm. Jenny knows nothing. Billy is bitter about Sentry getting to go into his head every day, while Bob seems to be just resigned to his life as is.
And yet something is out there in the real world. Something that Bob is not expecting.
Something that we will hopefully see next month. This was built up beautifully and I hope to see the real life tension with Billy and Jenny mount, as Lemire's set this up, as well as more Sentry-world antics.