Black History in Action
True Adventures of Amazing African Americans
words and pictures by Joel Christian Gill
Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, CO, 2014. 126 pages.
Tales of the Talented Tenth is a series of graphic novels about actual African Americans who did amazing things. The first in the series tells the true story of Bass Reeves, who was a sheriff in the old west and whose feats sound like a tall tale. I see this is a 2014 book, but it’s new to our library, and looks like a wonderful series.
The story’s told creatively, using flashbacks from when Bass learned to shoot when he was a child and a slave, paralleling a tight spot he got into later when chasing outlaws. The panels are varied, colorful and striking. This is an exciting story, and will catch anyone’s interest.
It’s a rip-roaring yarn, told with suspense and flair – and all the more amazing because it’s true.
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