Review: Kindred: The Graphic Novel

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I don’t even know where to start with this.

I will say that the art is awesome for the tone of the story and really brings you in, while also somehow translating the history of it. I often had to remind myself I was reading a fiction story rather than a non-fictional account. And of course, because of the content, which is of an African American woman in the late 70s being transported to the early 1800s, is not for the faint of heart.

We follow Dana, a young black writer who becomes dizzy one day and finds herself transported across time and space to a plantation in Maryland. It is a mystery up until she comes into contact with her ancestor, a conflicted white slaveowner Rufus. It becomes clear quickly why she is there and what she needs to do because her very life and existence depend on it.

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It is a visceral, brutal experience. Between the themes, conflicts, and art…this graphic novel hits you right in the teeth. Judith Butler proves that she is the queen of internal depth again, even if it’s an adaptation.

If anything it has me excited, if not nervous to read the actual novel. It will be terrible to read some of the atrocities from this story, but in another way, it is having full knowledge of what our fellow man can do and become. And also honoring all those who have suffered at their hands.

Thank you, Judith, for writing this tale. Rest in power.

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