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“Spain’s take on Che is brilliant and radical.”—Art Spiegelman
There are few members of the 1960s underground comics wave whose names inspire more awe and respect than that of Rodriguez (Zap, Nightmare Alley). Unfortunately, relatively little of that class's avant-garde flash or humor shows up in his worshipful graphic biography of Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Rodriguez tracks Guevara's development from adventurous but asthmatic middle-class Argentinean medical student to messianic revolutionary with aplomb. Guevara's by-now legendary motorcycle and hitchhiking wanderings around South America are portrayed with some levity, while the Cuban revolution and its aftermath are covered with an impressive command of the event's sociopolitical context. By folding Guevara's biographical narrative (already well-traveled by multiple other sources) into one that draws out his growing political awareness, Rodriguez keeps Guevara's beliefs front and center throughout this eventful but thickly worded book. While Rodriguez allows hints of criticism to seep in here and there, this is for the most part unalloyed hagiography, which can seem more like something produced by revolutionary committee than an artist. His art is muscular and unfussy, though oddly square, as if Mark Trail had suddenly discovered the genius of Karl Marx and Simón Bolívar. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Posted April 30, 2010
Imagine a comic book about Hitler written by a neo-nazi or one about UBL written by a Jihadist painting either of these monsters in a most favorable light possible. That is what this is about Che. The author goes out of way to portay U.S. and U.S. army in a very bad light just to glorify the man who killed ar had killed thousands of innocent people - glossing over the racism, the violence and the adultry. I don't know what the author has in the game but I have never read a biography this 'original' or this 'romantic'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2009
"Che" by Spain Rodriguez, Paul Buhle (editor) serves well to introduce the basic biographic information about Che in a balanced presentation. The notion that a graphic novel makes his intellectual, philosophical, and political passions easier to grasp is well worth this effort. And this book succeeds admirably. The premise that illustration can be used to illuminate the deep spiritual motives behind his actions is original and daring. A good book and a fine effort all around.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.