A gay coming-of-age story (and more) set in the context of the civil rights movement in 1960s Alabama. I quite enjoyed it.
There is very little sex; it is not explicit. It is also balanced between heterosexual, or at least a heterosexual act, and gay sex. It shows sex as fraught and demonstrates a side of sex that is good for young adults to fully realize is wider than just them. And, if you demand a moral lesson (or simply, reality) then, yes, he does make her pregnant the first time. I am here to tell you it happens.
I think this would make an excellent suggestion for any young adult who is ready for it. It does a good job of showing how just going along is full acquiescence to the status quo, without being the slightest bit preachy. The bigotry of the 1960s US South and its various violent manifestations is on prominent display, as is the complexity of the various forms of resistance.
Which means it could be recommended for any adult. Well, it should be.
There is a lot going on here. While the main plot is interesting (a man who finds himself involved in the civil rights movement in the south while at the same time coming to understand that he's gay) the whole thing just feels very claustrophobic. The art is very cramped and dense and it sees like there are just too many people and too much detail given. The plot just seems to fragment into too many side plots at that point.
A very significant graphic novel, particularly for the time of its creation!
An okay storyline, not the best or even inspiring, but readable. No major compliants. It can be a little long and preachy for a graphic novel, but atleast fitting with the storyline.
a great read and a very accessible history of the civil rights era from the point of view of a white gay man. distinctive drawing style, as well :)
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