This book is about Josephine Baker pre-WWII, so the bit about her helping the French Resistance isn't here. Her cheetah is, however.
Told in lyrics that read like jazz, the story of Baker's young life and start in stardom is related without fanfare, yet the racism that she faced is presented quite clearly. The art matches the setting.
It is quite wonderful.
This is part of a series of posts reviewing categories in this year's Hugo ballot. I'll be discussing the entries, the voter packet, and my ballot. I've nominated and voted most years since 2011, when I figured out that all I had to do was join Worldcon to get to do so.
I'd only read 2 of these in advance of the finalist announcement. Two more are properties I'm familiar with from earlier volumes.
So Bitch Planet is definitely at the top, followed by Monstress and Black Bolt. The other three could go in any order, but maybe I'll just leave them off because I don't really feel strongly about them at all.
I still want to get to the meat of the mystery - the creature that lives in Maika and that occasionally is brought out, with disastrously fatal results. This ties to her mother, and others who are on the opposite side of the war from Maika, but again this moves slowly and is hampered - at least for me - by the historical aspect.
I liked it, it just didn't move me the way many of my favorites do.