As a 45-year-old fan of graphic novels, I feel I must break a lance here for Scott McCloud. Generally, the graphic art is the first thing about a comic that grabs my attention, and if I don't find it appealing in some way, I don't even bother to explore elements like plot, dialogue and narration. Although I wasn't really sold by the art (I must admit it grew on me, though), the humorous, intelligent story really hooked me.
In spite of the way-out premise about an alien Lincoln doppelganger and his real counterpart who returns from the grave to save America once again, this book realistically assesses the dangers of an uninformed public response to demagogues. When political distance gives way to adoration, the (almost militant) desire to silence critical voices soon dominates the tone of public dialogue (or the lack thereof). This makes New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln eerily relevant for the current state of democracy in America. McCloud's ironic humor and the whacky plot saves the story from ever degenerating into heavy-handed preaching. (He leaves that to me.)
Entertaining, thought-provoking reading for juveniles and adults.