The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century

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Just in time for the Fourth of July! A masterpiece nearly twenty years in the making, this archival volume contains the complete life story of Martha Washington, the twenty-first century freedom fighter created by comic-book megastars Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), now in a more affordable softcover edition.

Our story begins in the squalid corridors of a maximum-security housing project, where a young girl will rise from the war-torn streets of Chicago...

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Overview

Just in time for the Fourth of July! A masterpiece nearly twenty years in the making, this archival volume contains the complete life story of Martha Washington, the twenty-first century freedom fighter created by comic-book megastars Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), now in a more affordable softcover edition.

Our story begins in the squalid corridors of a maximum-security housing project, where a young girl will rise from the war-torn streets of Chicago to battle injustice in a world insane with corruption. Her fight will take her far, from the frontlines of the second American Civil War, to the cold, unforgiving reaches of space. She will be called a hero, a traitor, and nearly everything in-between, but all along the way, her courage, her integrity, and her unwavering commitment to that most valuable of rights — liberty — will inspire a movement that will never surrender.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Watchmen and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns are two books held as benchmarks of mainstream comics. They also resulted in something of a lasting sea change for the medium by creating a rash of imitators who transformed their own comics from mythical wonderment to more realistic grim and gritty landscapes that eventually became a parody unto themselves. This is relevant because Martha Washington features collaboration between Miller, the creator of The Dark Knight, and British artist Gibbons, illustrator of The Watchmen. But what sounds like an effective pairing proves something far less ideal. Martha is essentially a futuristic freedom fighter who serves as a platform for Miller's usual tropes relating to government fascism and compromised liberty. He assembles a familiar cast of corrupt politicians, slithery social climbers, and hyperviolent militants. It's often loony enough to be entertaining, and given the size of this collection, Gibbons's Herculean effort in illustrating it must be noted. But it's also impossible to deny that Miller's dialog is continually ham-fisted and clichéd, with the political elements serving as something of a red herring regarding more serious subject matter. Verdict At 600 pages, this volume proves that girth doesn't always equal excellence. Yet Gibbons's art is coldly effective, and Miller's heavy-handed obsessions are all here in one convenient volume.—Robert Young, The Comics Interpreter, Charleston, SC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595824820
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 1,114,815
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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