Each month, Abraham Riesman offers recommendations of comics media, including book-length graphic novels, comics-format nonfiction, ongoing series, and comics-related items in other forms. With any luck, at least one of them will be a match for you.
We Spoke Out: Comic Books and the Holocaust (IDW)
The American comic book was largely the invention of American Jews, so it is perhaps no surprise that the medium has a long, bold legacy of confronting the incomprehensible human disaster of the Holocaust. In this thrilling, fascinating volume, editors Neal Adams, Rafael Medoff, and Craig Yoe assemble decades’ worth of comics narratives about Nazi horrors along with short essays on each work’s context. The range of tales is wide, from Al Feldstein and Bernard Krigstein’s massively influential (though oft-forgotten by general readers) 1955 EC Comics pulp tale “Master Race” to Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and Bob Wiacek’s unsettling look at Magneto’s Auschwitz-steeped origin story in a 1982 issue of The Uncanny X-Men. The editors deserve praise for the breadth of their selections, the authentic reproductions of the original stories, and the illuminating prose about how each piece came together — indeed, in a marketplace that’s crowded with books about comics, this stands out as one of the most innovative and powerful in recent memory.