Stuff and Nonsense: Read-A-Thon: Book The Third


Read-A-Thon: Book The Third

X-Men: Magneto Testament by Greg Pak & Carmine Di Giandomenico (Marvel, 2009)

The are no mutant heroes in Magneto Testament. No capes. No superpowers. No. Instead, Magneto Testament is about Max, an "average" middle-class German Jewish boy coming of age in Nazi-era Germany. It traces Max's story from his student days, when (heady with first love) he forgets be careful (even as his teacher warns him, "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down"), through the rise of the Reich, survival in the Warsaw Ghetto, ending at Auschwitz.

This isn't the first graphic novel I've read about the Holocaust, but I would say it is one of the best.  The story is well-crafted, the illustrations are hauntingly beautiful, and the end notes are a fantastic resource. Oh, I definitely recommend this book!

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