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Graphic Breakdown: ‘Rough Riders V. 1’, ‘Trump: Complete Collection’, ‘Snow Day’ & ‘By The Numbers’

Welcome back to Graphic Breakdown!

Here’s the reviews for Friday! Keep warm everyone!!

Rough Riders Volume 1  
Written by Adam L. Glass
Illustrated by Patrick Olliffe
Published by Aftershock Comics

Man, Joe Pruett and the gang over at Aftershock are certainly making a name for themselves these days. This book came along and I just finished reading it and honestly?

It’s awesome. Great creative team and great concept.

Led by a young Theodore Roosevelt, a motley crew of soon-to-be American legends must work together to solve a mystery that threatens life itself.

Harry Houdini — street magician and master of misdirection.

Annie Oakley — a washed-up entertainer, eager for a chance to prove herself in a real war.

Jack Johnson — an undefeated brawler and the son of ex-slaves, determined to get his shot at the heavyweight championship…

When a terrifying alien technology destroys the USS Maine, these unlikely allies set sail for bloody Cuba, into the heart of a brewing conflict, to wage a shadow war against the greatest threat mankind has ever known. Before they were famous, they were…ROUGH RIDERS.

Glass is a great writer and I loved his Suicide Squad. Here he outdoes himself and writes one hell of a compelling tale. Alongside him, Olliffe is one of comics’ most underrated artists. Here he excels. Pick this book up. It’s fresh, exciting, and just plain awesome.

RATING: A

Trump: The Complete Collection
Essential Kurtzman Volume Two HC

Written by Harvey Kurtzman
Illustrated by Will Elder
Published by Dark Horse Comics

This is a collection of Harvey Kurtzman’s dream magazine for Hugh Hefner and Playboy.

Issues one and two came out many moons ago and the third issue never made it to print, now it’s time for collect all of them together.
This is satire at it’s best. It has top talent (Mel Brooks!); Its funny and well done. Some of the joke may feel a bit dated but that’s part of the nostalgia and part of the joy.

The price tag may deter some. But this is a book full of history. Denis Kitchen has said of the book that it’s “like unearthing King Tut’s Tomb” and he’s not far off from that.

This is wonderful. I’m glad we got to see it in our lifetime. And it’s perfect in light of the inauguration next week.

RATING: A

Snow Day   
Written by Pierre Wazum
Illustrated by Aubin
Published by Humanoids Books

Man, Humanoids never fails to impress me. This book is something else. The writing is amazing and the art is very sharp. You can’t go wrong with these books. This is just nice.

An outsider sheriff struggles to find his place in an isolated, snow-covered town populated by a hard people who are set in their ways and don’t take too kindly to strangers.

It’s a place where folks mind their own business — however odd it may be — and do as they please.

That is, until the calm, quiet sheriff decides to do his job.

Pick up this book and read it. It’ll show you what the medium is capable of. This is just genius through and through.

RATING: A

By The Numbers 
Written by Laurent Rullier
Illustrated by Stanislas
Published by Humanoids Books

This book is another fabulous original entry from those Humanoids folks. And this one is purely awesome as well.

Take a peek at this one…it’s gorgeous and it’s really something.

The accidental adventures of Victor Levallois, a timid accountant that gets pulled into a life of danger.

It all started in 1948 when Victor was entrusted with an unusual errand: deliver a suitcase to the port of Marseilles.

But, when the suitcase is stolen, Victor finds himself bound for Saigon and the decadence, intrigue and adventure of a colonial war!

The story is great and the art is beautiful. This is a book you buy and make it a keepsake. It’s wonderful. Pick it up and enjoy time and again. It’s so worth it.

RATING: A

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