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A change from typical graphic novels
on 29 May 2013
This is a real change of pace from the average graphic novel fare, it fits few of the standard genres of heroics and critical responses to the same I can think of and it isnt exactly typical of the magical realism or mundane/everyday extraordinary reads either.
The story's open sequence introduces the artists and writers themselves as they go to meet one of their expert content analysts and returns to these characters throughout and in concludion too. There is an afterword and great descriptive notes about all the principle and important characters or theorists mentioned throughout the text.
Recommended to myself as a book about Bertrand Russell (to which it is very fair) and Wittgenstein (to which it is perhaps a little less fair) it is that and may appeal to philosophers of logic or mathematics but equally could disappoint the hardcore enthusiast since a balance is well struck so the books appeal remains, hopefully, general enough too. There is as much about the personalities of the stories protagonists as their theories, perhaps more because that's easier to tell or present easily. Russell did appear more of a gloomy character than I'm used to thinking of him since I have read a great number of his other books and social commentary (as opposed to principa mathematica).
The autobiographical form is used to discuss the innovations and development in thinking and it is situated within a lecture delivered in the context of protests at the possible entrance of the US into the war. I think its commendable that they were able to come up with all that, although it sort of petered out towards the finish I felt and then returned to the writers and artists again as they finish their day.
So, I thought it was good, something a little different and for the money there's a lot of reading here but its not what I've read in some of the excited reviews here, at least I did not feel so personally.