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Since his death in 1967, Ernesto "Che" Guevara has become a universally known revolutionary icon and political figure whose image is among the most recognizable in the world. This dramatic and extensively researched book breathes new life into his story, portraying his struggle through the medium of the underground political comic--one of the most prominent countercultural Since his death in 1967, Ernesto "Che" Guevara has become a universally known revolutionary icon and political figure whose image is among the most recognizable in the world. This dramatic and extensively researched book breathes new life into his story, portraying his struggle through the medium of the underground political comic--one of the most prominent countercultural art forms since the 1960s. Spain Rodriguez's powerful artwork illuminates Che's life and the experiences that shaped him, from his motorcycle journey through Latin America, his rise to prominence as a leader in Fidel Castro's revolutionary movement, his travels in Africa, his involvement in the insurgency that led to his death in Bolivia, and his extraordinary legacy.


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Since his death in 1967, Ernesto "Che" Guevara has become a universally known revolutionary icon and political figure whose image is among the most recognizable in the world. This dramatic and extensively researched book breathes new life into his story, portraying his struggle through the medium of the underground political comic--one of the most prominent countercultural Since his death in 1967, Ernesto "Che" Guevara has become a universally known revolutionary icon and political figure whose image is among the most recognizable in the world. This dramatic and extensively researched book breathes new life into his story, portraying his struggle through the medium of the underground political comic--one of the most prominent countercultural art forms since the 1960s. Spain Rodriguez's powerful artwork illuminates Che's life and the experiences that shaped him, from his motorcycle journey through Latin America, his rise to prominence as a leader in Fidel Castro's revolutionary movement, his travels in Africa, his involvement in the insurgency that led to his death in Bolivia, and his extraordinary legacy.

30 review for Che: A Graphic Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Wonderful GN that looks at the life of Che. Spain Rodriguez is one of the unsung heroes of underground comix movement (Trashman). Excellent 'starting point' if you want to look at the life of this 'revolutionaries revolutionary' and how he influenced a wide political spectrum. Wonderful GN that looks at the life of Che. Spain Rodriguez is one of the unsung heroes of underground comix movement (Trashman). Excellent 'starting point' if you want to look at the life of this 'revolutionaries revolutionary' and how he influenced a wide political spectrum.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pink

    For someone like me, who knew little about Che Guevara, beyond his poster image, this was a brief but informative account of his life. I enjoy graphic biographies and I think this served the purpose, with the artwork suiting the book's format. This isn't for people who already know about Guevara, or want to learn more, but it's a good starting place. For someone like me, who knew little about Che Guevara, beyond his poster image, this was a brief but informative account of his life. I enjoy graphic biographies and I think this served the purpose, with the artwork suiting the book's format. This isn't for people who already know about Guevara, or want to learn more, but it's a good starting place.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mati

    This is one of the best birthday book present I have ever gotten since I was kid. I have certain Che mania and I read his writtings and books about him. This comics is nice addiction to my collection. The comics covers all life of the famous doctor.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angel Ibarra

    Rodriguez,Spain Che: A graphic biography Verso (London) Copyright 2008 This entertaining yet addictive book gives us a first-hand look on the Che Guevara revolutionary life. It goes through his childhood. What he did as a child. To when he was an adult, How got involved in politics. Rodriguez ,Spain who was a cartoonist that created lots of graphic novel. Spain has created books like Che and Trashman lives. And owned his own company called underground comics. Where made lots of books that went wen Rodriguez,Spain Che: A graphic biography Verso (London) Copyright 2008 This entertaining yet addictive book gives us a first-hand look on the Che Guevara revolutionary life. It goes through his childhood. What he did as a child. To when he was an adult, How got involved in politics. Rodriguez ,Spain who was a cartoonist that created lots of graphic novel. Spain has created books like Che and Trashman lives. And owned his own company called underground comics. Where made lots of books that went went viral. This book takes place in the 1950s This talks about Che’s life how he grew up how he got into politics It took place when Fidel Castro was the prime minister of Cuba. Him and Che were good friends. The book Che was based on true events. It started from he was born till he died. It describe his life what he did how he got their. One thing you will learn from this book is how people made mistakes. Che when he was in control he made lots of mistakes. You can understand how not to make mistakes and understand how not to do mistakes. Readers who enjoyed other famed Graphic novels about history will appreciate Che A graphic biography Like Persepolis and Maus. All of these book are very similar to Che A graphic biography they are all historic graphic novels. The intended audience is 16 and up. Because there is some sense that are kind of crazy. A The book was very unique. The artwork on the book was very unique and creative, the book has a very special way they used the artwork it's one of a kind which makes unique and creative. Overall was a really good book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    A nice Che-centric biography, covering his journey from bourgeois medical student to radical/left armed revolutionist. Most of his history is well known, of course, but the book also included coverage of his frustrating and mostly failed efforts to organize Congolese fighters in the aftermath of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba - an episode that I wasn't familiar with. Guevara had the idea that Latin America was ripe for a continent-wide revolution against imperialism and the local elites, an A nice Che-centric biography, covering his journey from bourgeois medical student to radical/left armed revolutionist. Most of his history is well known, of course, but the book also included coverage of his frustrating and mostly failed efforts to organize Congolese fighters in the aftermath of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba - an episode that I wasn't familiar with. Guevara had the idea that Latin America was ripe for a continent-wide revolution against imperialism and the local elites, and that the Cuban model of guerrilla warfare was the way to ignite that revolution. Cuba's own experience - the all-out economic and military opposition directed by the US - should have been a warning that success was unlikely. Interestingly, one of the reasons for failure in Bolivia was that some form of land reform had already been instituted, thus ensuring that the peasantry was not as motivated to assist the revolution. That, plus the nonstop US / Bolivian propaganda against the rebels, turned the local population against Che and his forces, and led, ultimately, to his capture and murder. But he remains an iconic figure (literally), in large part due to his genuine and sincere devotion to bettering the lives of the poor and oppressed, and also his courage and dedication to the cause.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    It is, of course, unfair to compare this to Sacco. But since Sacco's blurb is on the back, it seems somewhat acceptable to hold it to those standards. In that light, Che: A Graphic Biography does a fine job of working through Che's life in an interesting and suitable way. But honestly, that's all it does. The images fail to dramatically augment the narrative (and vice versa). Sure, biography is not poetry, but the benefit of most biography is that the details mount to create a vision of the perso It is, of course, unfair to compare this to Sacco. But since Sacco's blurb is on the back, it seems somewhat acceptable to hold it to those standards. In that light, Che: A Graphic Biography does a fine job of working through Che's life in an interesting and suitable way. But honestly, that's all it does. The images fail to dramatically augment the narrative (and vice versa). Sure, biography is not poetry, but the benefit of most biography is that the details mount to create a vision of the person. Here, in a mere 100 graphical pages, you simply don't get around to that and it ends up reading like study-review material for a Latin American history class.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amirtha Shri

    Reading Spain Rodriguez' Che feels like the introduction I needed to a vast amount of impending literature, beginning with Che's autobiography and Karl Marx' The Communist Manifesto. The illustration is fantastic and Spain has remarkably covered a large chunk of history in 100 pages. As I have a long way to go in the awareness of world politics and history, I felt lost for a few pages, which is why I would love to bridge it with more reads. Reading Spain Rodriguez' Che feels like the introduction I needed to a vast amount of impending literature, beginning with Che's autobiography and Karl Marx' The Communist Manifesto. The illustration is fantastic and Spain has remarkably covered a large chunk of history in 100 pages. As I have a long way to go in the awareness of world politics and history, I felt lost for a few pages, which is why I would love to bridge it with more reads.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom Butt

    A bit confusing at times but overall satisfactory for an introduction

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Wright

    So glad Spain finished this book before he died. It's a little outside his regular oeuvre, but completely in keeping with his political leanings and revolutionary spirit. One can imagine that Che was an inspiration to Spain in the '60s, much as he was to many people in the counter-culture. Spain's research and knowledge is impressive. Even more impressive is his ability to cram so many biographical details into such a concise overview. As with many biographies, it can cover the events of the sub So glad Spain finished this book before he died. It's a little outside his regular oeuvre, but completely in keeping with his political leanings and revolutionary spirit. One can imagine that Che was an inspiration to Spain in the '60s, much as he was to many people in the counter-culture. Spain's research and knowledge is impressive. Even more impressive is his ability to cram so many biographical details into such a concise overview. As with many biographies, it can cover the events of the subject's life, but has a hard time getting inside their mind. It's a little easier here, since there are so many diaries and memoirs to draw from, but outside of what Che witnessed on his famous motorcycle trip, it's hard to account for his fighting spirit. I can't yet compare this to other "graphic biographies" of Che, but Spain brings something personal to the tale that makes it more than just a Che for Beginners-type book (though it works as that, too). Everything goes into the mix, from Spain's Latin heritage to his political views to his motorcycle riding experiences. One gets the feeling that Spain identifies with and admires Che to the point where this book could almost serve as a sort of spiritual biography of the artist himself. The crisp, stylized artwork engages directly with the iconography of Che Guevara, which has taken on a life of its own since his death. Spain, I think, is taking it back from those who have appropriated Che's image for commercial gain. Also, Spain's battle scenes are reminiscent of Russ Heath's war comics from the '60s (which were themselves appropriated by Roy Lichtenstein for some of his most famous pop art paintings). Coming from an OG underground cartoonist like Spain, there's a lot to unpack concerning the cultural, social and political impact of imagery and how those in power use it to control the narrative.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Grady Ormsby

    I enjoyed comic books when I was a kid. My favorites were Superman and Blackhawk. When I stumbled across Che: A Graphic Biography by Spain Rodriguez, I jumped at it. Ernesto Guevara has become a universally recognized icon adorning t-shirts around the world, even though many of the t-shirt wearers have no idea who he was. Reading the graphic biography reminded me of the Classics Illustrated comic book series from the fifties and sixties. Thoroughly researched, Rodriguez's book presents the early I enjoyed comic books when I was a kid. My favorites were Superman and Blackhawk. When I stumbled across Che: A Graphic Biography by Spain Rodriguez, I jumped at it. Ernesto Guevara has become a universally recognized icon adorning t-shirts around the world, even though many of the t-shirt wearers have no idea who he was. Reading the graphic biography reminded me of the Classics Illustrated comic book series from the fifties and sixties. Thoroughly researched, Rodriguez's book presents the early life of Che from his childhood in Argentina, his early interest in politics, his second division soccer career and his medical studies. His motorcycle journeys through Latin America with his pal Alberto Granado were the life-changing experiences that shaped his destiny. He was deeply affected by the poverty, sickness and injustice that he found at every turn. After joining Fidel Castro's July 26 Movement his organizational talents, intelligence, courage and passion established him as a truly significant revolutionary leader. Rodriguez's illustrations add power and pathos one of the most controversial figures of the Twentieth Century. I only wish the book had been done in color.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    A thorough biography of one of the most influential people in the 20th century. He was Fidel Castro's second hand man before, during and after the Cuban Revolution. As an internationalist, Che was not satisfied with staying in Cuba after Batista was overthrown. He began to rebuild Cuba's infrastructure to create an industrial base to allow Cuba to function as an independent nation. In order to do that he needed outside support. He met with the the Soviets, the Chinese, Koreans, and African leade A thorough biography of one of the most influential people in the 20th century. He was Fidel Castro's second hand man before, during and after the Cuban Revolution. As an internationalist, Che was not satisfied with staying in Cuba after Batista was overthrown. He began to rebuild Cuba's infrastructure to create an industrial base to allow Cuba to function as an independent nation. In order to do that he needed outside support. He met with the the Soviets, the Chinese, Koreans, and African leaders. After his assassination by CIA-backed government forces in Bolivia, Che became even more influential as an icon of protest and change. Rodriquez's graphic novel expertly intertwines biographical details, political subtleties, opposing perspectives, and facts to create a multifaceted view of this larger than life man.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annette Boehm

    I'm no history buff, so I can't say much about the accuracy of Rodriguez's retelling of Che Guevara's life story, but the book itself is easy to read, the illustrations (black and white line drawings) are well-crafted and appropriate for a comic for grown-up readers, and reading this I certainly got the impression the author knew his stuff. At times it gets a little confusing when there's a jump backwards in time in a new locale which then catches up again to the action so far, but it's manageab I'm no history buff, so I can't say much about the accuracy of Rodriguez's retelling of Che Guevara's life story, but the book itself is easy to read, the illustrations (black and white line drawings) are well-crafted and appropriate for a comic for grown-up readers, and reading this I certainly got the impression the author knew his stuff. At times it gets a little confusing when there's a jump backwards in time in a new locale which then catches up again to the action so far, but it's manageable. The book shows Che and -- at least initially -- Fidel Castro in a positive light and questions the legitimacy / motivation of US interventions in Cuba and other nations in the name of democracy and economic stability. A political comic biography suitable for teenage and adult readers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brandon White

    I appreciate this book for providing concise yet thorough history within 100 pages, and it's credible accessibility to Che's story, but I wasn't too impressed with its artistic stylings. With generous cosignings from Spiegelman and Sacco, o thought I was in for a captivating story about the man. Instead, only the facts held my interests, not the narration. This graphic biography would have easily received 3/5 stars if it didn't do so good with providing a well-chosen details about Che's life sag I appreciate this book for providing concise yet thorough history within 100 pages, and it's credible accessibility to Che's story, but I wasn't too impressed with its artistic stylings. With generous cosignings from Spiegelman and Sacco, o thought I was in for a captivating story about the man. Instead, only the facts held my interests, not the narration. This graphic biography would have easily received 3/5 stars if it didn't do so good with providing a well-chosen details about Che's life saga. In my opinion, it is a must read for anybody who wants to know who that guy on everybody's shirt is, but not go on a major research mission.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I enjoyed reading this graphic novel. However, I will say that it would be best for two types of people: 1) those who only have a passing interest in Guevara's life, or 2) Those who already have an extensive knowledge of Che and are looking for a new depiction of it. The novel itself is entertaining, but the biographical information in it only seemed to touch the surface. Not much else can be expected in a 100-page graphic novel, though. Overall it did its job, and Spain Rodriguez entertained. So, I enjoyed reading this graphic novel. However, I will say that it would be best for two types of people: 1) those who only have a passing interest in Guevara's life, or 2) Those who already have an extensive knowledge of Che and are looking for a new depiction of it. The novel itself is entertaining, but the biographical information in it only seemed to touch the surface. Not much else can be expected in a 100-page graphic novel, though. Overall it did its job, and Spain Rodriguez entertained. So, if you are looking for a simple, not-too-in-depth story of Che, this graphic novel is great (and a relatively quick read)!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I read this book in a day. It's amazing how quickly I can move when there's lots of pictures. It's fast paced at the beginning and sets up a very vague historical background (Rodriguez assumes that you already know the history? Unfortunately, I don't... That's why I wanted to read the book.) But it goes deep into the Cuban Revolution and the end there's a whole section on how the image of Che has been used to inspire. Also, I believe this is the first Graphic Novel I've ever finished! Kootoes to I read this book in a day. It's amazing how quickly I can move when there's lots of pictures. It's fast paced at the beginning and sets up a very vague historical background (Rodriguez assumes that you already know the history? Unfortunately, I don't... That's why I wanted to read the book.) But it goes deep into the Cuban Revolution and the end there's a whole section on how the image of Che has been used to inspire. Also, I believe this is the first Graphic Novel I've ever finished! Kootoes to Spain Rodriguez, you win!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Travelin

    No idea of the accuracy, probably ridiculous to read before reading Guevara's own autobiography, although this theoretically covers his entire life in some way. It's also fairly unambigious regarding the hero-worship which inspired its making, but the graphic novel approach is surprisingly effective and found myself lingering over the graphic portrayal of events outside the bubbles. Something about the publisher or the ending did enrage me, so I tore off the back cover and left it out in the ope No idea of the accuracy, probably ridiculous to read before reading Guevara's own autobiography, although this theoretically covers his entire life in some way. It's also fairly unambigious regarding the hero-worship which inspired its making, but the graphic novel approach is surprisingly effective and found myself lingering over the graphic portrayal of events outside the bubbles. Something about the publisher or the ending did enrage me, so I tore off the back cover and left it out in the open on an empty table.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Britton

    "In other words, the US is incapable of seeing Cuba as a sovereign nation. But US contempt was not confined to Cuba. In the next decade the US would help overthrow elected governments while paying lip service to democracy. By now Che's martyrdom had become a potent rallying cry for all those who would stand up to imperialism, even in the United States." "Spain's take on Che is brilliant and radical." Art Spiegelman "In other words, the US is incapable of seeing Cuba as a sovereign nation. But US contempt was not confined to Cuba. In the next decade the US would help overthrow elected governments while paying lip service to democracy. By now Che's martyrdom had become a potent rallying cry for all those who would stand up to imperialism, even in the United States." "Spain's take on Che is brilliant and radical." Art Spiegelman

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Spain Rodriguez' telling of the life of Che Guevara is poignant and effective. While it is clear that Rodriguez admires Guevara, he works actively to depict him honestly, with his flaws showing. Spain Rodriguez' telling of the life of Che Guevara is poignant and effective. While it is clear that Rodriguez admires Guevara, he works actively to depict him honestly, with his flaws showing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    James

    Very interesting, even if you are familiar with the stories of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Fidel Castro or the Cuban Revolution. I learned a few new things and the facts here do check out. But it is very selective of those facts and is particularly rose-tinted towards the revolution. There are many omissions and baiting, often at the same time, and I can't call this historically objective. Very interesting, even if you are familiar with the stories of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, Fidel Castro or the Cuban Revolution. I learned a few new things and the facts here do check out. But it is very selective of those facts and is particularly rose-tinted towards the revolution. There are many omissions and baiting, often at the same time, and I can't call this historically objective.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tonette

    Well this turned out to be disappointing. I'll have to disagree with Art Spiegelman's quote on the cover endorsing it as "Spain's take on Che is brilliant and radical." Unless I find why he thinks so, cause I don't see it. I support a graphic biography of Che Guevara, but this book lacked flow. The cover blurbs boast "this dramatic and extensively researched book breathes new life into his story and struggle." Supposedly due to the powerful artwork, which one image at a time looks fine, but the Well this turned out to be disappointing. I'll have to disagree with Art Spiegelman's quote on the cover endorsing it as "Spain's take on Che is brilliant and radical." Unless I find why he thinks so, cause I don't see it. I support a graphic biography of Che Guevara, but this book lacked flow. The cover blurbs boast "this dramatic and extensively researched book breathes new life into his story and struggle." Supposedly due to the powerful artwork, which one image at a time looks fine, but the sequences are abrupt and frequently confusing and the story structure is flat as well. Tacked onto the end of the book is a 4 1/2 page text (with no graphics at all) dissertation on the power of Che as an iconic image and how images of him have been used/exploited, etc., but even that text doesn't illustrate how or what is compelling about Spain's Graphic Biography of Che. Sorry, I wanted to like it, but it fell flat.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Frederic

    Yes,it is a hagiography and a comic book and the text too often falls to the level of agitprop and yet it's more than worthwhile as an introduction to Che...in the years since his death he has been misused by the Left almost as often as he has been traduced by the Right... Yes,it is a hagiography and a comic book and the text too often falls to the level of agitprop and yet it's more than worthwhile as an introduction to Che...in the years since his death he has been misused by the Left almost as often as he has been traduced by the Right...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Somewhat ambitious and trying to cover too much ground. Episodes and events run by in a flash and I wish this could have been split into at least two separate volumes to do justice to the historical material. Still this is a much needed introduction to the remarkable Che.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stacy-Ann

    I really enjoyed the graphics version. The pictures were good as well as the storyline.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gabz

    I find that I'm writing longer comments on books I dislike than on books that I actually like. That should probably be looked into, but I can't help myself when things annoy me. I cannot recommend this book and that fact really annoys me. I ended up reading this book based on the recommendation of a friend. I had confessed to her that I was struggling with a rather dry biography of Che Guevara Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara, so she lent out this book to me because she had found quit I find that I'm writing longer comments on books I dislike than on books that I actually like. That should probably be looked into, but I can't help myself when things annoy me. I cannot recommend this book and that fact really annoys me. I ended up reading this book based on the recommendation of a friend. I had confessed to her that I was struggling with a rather dry biography of Che Guevara Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara, so she lent out this book to me because she had found quite interesting. "Eye-opening", I think, was another term used in reference to this. This person is probably ten times more intelligent than me and much better read. But I can't agree with the opinion of this book and I feel that I need to explain why. This isn't a good biography I can appreciate that this work attempts to condense the whole life of a very enigmatic man into a short 100 pages. It's a tall order, I know. However, considering this limitation, I would have expected the author to pull together more of the defining moments in Guevara's life in a cohesive, punchy and to the point illustration. That's not what you get here. It feels as though the author has gone through the Wikipedia page for Guevara, combined it with some weird and perhaps interesting factoids about him available on the great and wonderful internet, then came up with the framework for this biography. There are items thrown into the middle of a page or other that don't really tie in with the other elements on the page, and even some pages which (while interesting) cannot be justified as having influenced Guevara's world view and his path to who he ultimately becomes. e.g. His mother reputedly brandished a pistol in a political debate once upon a time. (?!) So, based on the fact that the story is neither cohesive nor an entirely relevant account of the becoming of Che Guevara, I can't recommend this as a viable biography of the man. The author tries to push an anti-US political conversation that doesn't really have a place in Guevara's biography and isn't even explored to sufficient depth There's a saying that "a little knowledge is a very dangerous thing", or something to that effect. As someone who has previously studied the glorious minefield that is International Relations, I can assure you that people much smarter than me have looked into the United States' very strange relationship with the world and its neighbours in particular. I cannot stand by and claim that the US has not been involved (and does not continue to be involved even today) in the overthrowing of more or less democratically elected governments all across the world. However, I can say with certainty that it cannot be explored to an appropriate degree within the context of the abridged biography of Guevara. So what we get instead are some very thinly veiled jabs made in the direction of the United States, where even the closing panel is dedicated to that instead of closing notes on Guevara himself. Before defending "democratically elected leaders", I would recommend to the author to have a look into the tumultuous history of communist Eastern Europe, and then adjust their rose-tinted glasses and views about 'democracy'. The comments made apropos the United States may be true statements, I don't necessarily try to deny their truthfulness. I do deny, however, that they are explored appropriately and to a degree that may justify the place of the comments relative to Guevara's own life experiences. Overall, they feel like some pointed aside comments relating to a conversation that has been previously had but not with the actual reader of the book. Perhaps it's just me, but I find them inappropriate, and frustrating in their brevity as if they are uncontested facts entirely suitable for the story that is trying to be told. Are we supposed to be talking about American imperialism or about Ernesto Guevara's life? They're different topics. Conclusion: Not recommended

  25. 4 out of 5

    tony dillard jr

    Underground comix legend Spain Rodriguez pens and illustrates this graphic novel biography of revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guavara. It's an interesting look at a character of the 20th century that I really knew very little about. I found this book at an independent bookstore (on discount, of course!) Being a former history major with a focus on 20th century history (especially pop culture), I figured why not learn something new. Here's the thing, I realize that the US has it's faults. Our country Underground comix legend Spain Rodriguez pens and illustrates this graphic novel biography of revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guavara. It's an interesting look at a character of the 20th century that I really knew very little about. I found this book at an independent bookstore (on discount, of course!) Being a former history major with a focus on 20th century history (especially pop culture), I figured why not learn something new. Here's the thing, I realize that the US has it's faults. Our country isn't perfect because it's run by imperfect people. All nations are this way. But I feel that Spain Rodriguez' view is way more skewed to being anti-American and anti-capitalism than I am pro-American. For example, Rodriguez mentions a couple of times how some Cuban newspapers are imprisoned or worse for making anti-Castro statements. For all that Donald Trump hates our liberal media, he's not stooped to the actions of those glorified revolutionaries that Rodriguez so hails. It troubled me how Spain Rodriguez maintained blinders to such actions. I appreciate that he mentions them in this historical account. But unlike all the times where he makes commentary against the US for it's dirty deeds, Rodriguez never condemns the Castro regime for their atrocities. The art was pretty good. It had a very similar style to Rick Geary, which I rather like. But the editing of the art was not all that great. Some panels still has pencil marks that weren't properly erased during the inking process. So in some instances, the art looks blurry when it just ghosted by pencil markings not properly vanquished. I also had some issue with how Spain Rodriguez executed his footnotes. Some are done properly in a small text box on the bottom right of the inside panel. Both about half of the footnotes were placed vertically to the right of the outside of the panel. It took me several pages to figure this inconsistency out and I had to reread several pages. An interesting read that is skewed way too far to the left. There's nothing centric here. Great art but the editing is irregular.

  26. 4 out of 5

    MichaelK

    I suppose this comic serves well enough as a summary of Che Guevara's life, but as a graphic biography it is very underwhelming - especially compared to Red Rosa, Kate Evans' phenomenal graphic biography of Rosa Luxembourg. Evans' words and pictures enhance each other, creating an engrossing cinematic experience. Guevara had a more action-packed life than Luxembourg, so I would expect his biography to be even more exciting. Alas, no. The text of the comic mostly feels like a Wikipedia summary. The I suppose this comic serves well enough as a summary of Che Guevara's life, but as a graphic biography it is very underwhelming - especially compared to Red Rosa, Kate Evans' phenomenal graphic biography of Rosa Luxembourg. Evans' words and pictures enhance each other, creating an engrossing cinematic experience. Guevara had a more action-packed life than Luxembourg, so I would expect his biography to be even more exciting. Alas, no. The text of the comic mostly feels like a Wikipedia summary. There is little tension or build-up or personality. Guevara does not feel like an actual character in his own biography; he has barely any personality; he just does things. The artwork is nothing special, unmemorable in itself. Since the artwork and the words, separately, aren't great, the combination of the two is thoroughly unimpressive. The narrative sometimes jumps a lot in time or place without making it clear; a few times I looked back to check whether I had misread or accidentally skipped a page. It's a very short comic - 100 pages - so major events are compressed into a few pages with very little explanation or context. Due to its sparse detail, I finished it thinking I ought to read more on Guevara so I have a better understanding of his life and thought, but because this biography's Guevara is such an uninteresting character, and the narrative of his life is told in such a dull summarizing way, I felt no desire to do so. This comic made me feel obligated to read more on Guevara purely to make up for its own deficiencies, rather than out of genuine interest, which the tedium of this comic almost destroys. I do not recommend this comic.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Titus Bird

    This is a very straightforward and frankly rather lifeless biography of legendary revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara. It's clearly intended first and foremost to be informative, rather than to serve as entertainment or any kind of serious artistic expression. The basic facts of Guevara's life are laid out with sterile narration, accompanied by illustrations that generally look quite good but never really do anything visually interesting or add much in terms of storytelling. As I suppose is inev This is a very straightforward and frankly rather lifeless biography of legendary revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara. It's clearly intended first and foremost to be informative, rather than to serve as entertainment or any kind of serious artistic expression. The basic facts of Guevara's life are laid out with sterile narration, accompanied by illustrations that generally look quite good but never really do anything visually interesting or add much in terms of storytelling. As I suppose is inevitable in a comic trying to cover a person's whole life in 100 pages, it often feels disjointed, cutting awkwardly from one event to the next. This problem is exacerbated by some strange decisions about what to cover, with it sometimes feeling like Rodríguez just included whatever factoid he found, without any consideration of what it contributes to the narrative. Characters are often introduced as if they’re important and then never mentioned again. These issues are especially acute in the comic’s first third, which just feels like a collection of random moments from Guevara's pre-revolutionary life, and is overall quite dull. After that, from the Cuban Revolution onwards, the historical events are exciting enough to maintain my interest despite the unremarkable delivery, so overall my reading experience wasn't wholly negative. Nonetheless, when I reached the end I had gained no real sense of Guevara as a person and very little insight into the historical events of which he was a part.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ell

    'An asthma sufferer, like Ernesto Guevara / Too much Monte Cristo Number Four / Pass the Ventolin, I need some more / We have ways of making you think ...' - Super Furry Animals, 'Hermann ♥s Pauline' A nice, speedy, enaging biography of the world's most iconic revolutionary. The man led a hell of a life. Although Rodriguez doesn't gloss over the man's flaws too much, this is an explicitly reverent book. It doesn't go super deep, because it's very short and uses a comic-strip format, and I don't k 'An asthma sufferer, like Ernesto Guevara / Too much Monte Cristo Number Four / Pass the Ventolin, I need some more / We have ways of making you think ...' - Super Furry Animals, 'Hermann ♥s Pauline' A nice, speedy, enaging biography of the world's most iconic revolutionary. The man led a hell of a life. Although Rodriguez doesn't gloss over the man's flaws too much, this is an explicitly reverent book. It doesn't go super deep, because it's very short and uses a comic-strip format, and I don't know if I'd have bought it if Verso Books hadn't been doing a sale (big up Verso). But if you're interested in revolutionary history and don't want to read a hefty 'proper' biography, you'll enjoy this. I like the artwork but Rodriguez cannot draw John F Kennedy for shit.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nouran

    A quick and light read of the life of Che Guevara. As someone who has yet to delve into his autobiography, this comic bio revealed many aspects of his life and views that were -to say the least- a disappointment to me. This comic book was also a disappointment regarding the format which often jumped between different timelines and the translation. The reason I even chose to pick this up is that the translator is the late Dr. Ahmed Khaled Tawfik that I absolutely love. However, as a translator, h A quick and light read of the life of Che Guevara. As someone who has yet to delve into his autobiography, this comic bio revealed many aspects of his life and views that were -to say the least- a disappointment to me. This comic book was also a disappointment regarding the format which often jumped between different timelines and the translation. The reason I even chose to pick this up is that the translator is the late Dr. Ahmed Khaled Tawfik that I absolutely love. However, as a translator, he lost his touch, so this didn't read like any of his writings which made this bio a bit "meh". The main savior of this book is the essay at the end discussing the different use and eventual commodification of the image of Guevara himself; which was a truly insightful and interesting read. Overall, a 3/5.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    The good news is that I learned something about Che's life, especially his time spent in Africa both with non-aligned leaders and with supporting the guerrilla movement in the Congo, and the essay at the end of the book about Che's iconic image was an added benefit. The book was weaker regarding the politics, especially in the area of what it referred to as the Sino-Soviet Split. As someone who sided with Mao against "revisionism," I thought that Che often made the wrong choices which led to his The good news is that I learned something about Che's life, especially his time spent in Africa both with non-aligned leaders and with supporting the guerrilla movement in the Congo, and the essay at the end of the book about Che's iconic image was an added benefit. The book was weaker regarding the politics, especially in the area of what it referred to as the Sino-Soviet Split. As someone who sided with Mao against "revisionism," I thought that Che often made the wrong choices which led to his incorrect evaluation of the situation in Bolivia, and ultimately his death.

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