GRAPHIC NOVELS

Atar Gull

Titan. Sept. 2019. 96p. ISBN 9781785867323. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781785867323. f
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Based on a novel by French writer Sue, this story tells of the titular protagonist, chief of the powerful African tribe Little Namaquas, who has vowed never to cry in his lifetime. He and others in his clan are captured by the neighboring Great Namaquas and sold to a slaver. During the crossing of the Atlantic, a more brutal slaver named Brulart takes over the ship and sets sail to Jamaica, eventually selling Gull to a man named Tom Will. Considering himself a benevolent owner, Will believes he treats slaves honorably. Over the next several years, Gull becomes Will’s attendant and earns his trust completely. Gull then begins his plans to defy Will and bring destruction to his entire household and all those involved in his abduction. Readers will be impressed with Gull’s ability to appear as a devoted manservant while simultaneously enacting violent revenge against Will. The combination of superb writing from Nury (The Death of Stalin; Once upon a Time in France) and masterful art by Brüno (Nemo) and colorist Croix bring to life these intriguing characters.
VERDICT Fans of Nury’s other works, stories of slave revolts, and seeing the comeuppance of reviled slave owners will find this an outstanding and emotional graphic novel.

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