Once, he was the Spirit of America. Who is he now? Clad in star-spangled rags, a mystery man named Sam wanders the streets of an anonymous American city, struggling to remember his true identity and purpose. But he's plagued by inner voices and a parade of icons come to life to carry him on a time-travelling journey into the dark heart of America...and hint at his own violent past. Is he Uncle Sam - or one of U.S.? Nominated for an Eisner Award, this moving tale of a down-and-out icon is filled with the passionate and striking imagery readers have come to expect from Alex Ross, the award-winning artist of "Kingdom Come" and "Marvels".
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Steve Darnall is a former editor of the comics magazine Hero Illustrated, and has also written Empty Love Stories. Alex Ross has produced a remarkable body of work which has won him every major award in the industry. His best-known books include Kingdom Come, Marvels, Uncle Sam, and Batman: War on Crime. His artwork is collected in Titan Books' Mythology.From Kirkus Reviews:
This truly subversive graphic novelmore explicitly radical than anything else from DC Comics in recent memoryalmost makes up for the years of muscular patriotism and jingoistic violence that have long defined most of the companys product. Alex Ross, who recently provided the lush paintings for Superman: Peace on Earth, here flexes his illustrative skills in the service of Darnalls stunning text, a damning account of American political history that also affirms basic democratic ideals. From the first full-page illustration of Uncle Sam as a derelict reaching out to the reader, the visually rich narrative makes its overarching point: the spirit of everything great in American history is down on its luck. Uncle Sam, whose image here derives largely from James Montgomery Flaggs famous I Want You poster, stumbles through a dreamy landscape. In the foreground, hes an old nut, a psycho in the ER who spouts sound bites from presidential history and pop culture. Periodically, he finds himself elsewhere in time: preparing to fight the Revolutionary War; in Kennedys Dallas limo; at the Blackhawk Massacre of 1832; at Andersonville Prison; and at a labor protest in 1932; at a Louisiana lynching. Scenes blend into one another, demonstrating the continuity of American history; bedraggled present-day Sam interrupts a political rally exploiting his alter ego. The pictorial narrative here is so smart that political speeches are illustrated with voice-over balloons explicating the truth behind the double-talk. Supplemented with a fine essay on the iconography and legend of Uncle Sam, this portrait of a down-and-out American hero quotes visually from both fine art (e.g., Vermeer) and classic illustrationthe spirit of N.C.Wyeth is very much alive here. Among the most captivating examples of left-wing agitprop since the days of the Popular Front: Darnall and Rosss populist message comes draped in red, white, and true-blue. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Titan Books Ltd, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1848562845