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The Death of Stalin is a Hauting and Compelling Graphic Novel

first_img THE DEATH OF STALIN(W)  Fabien Nury, (A) Thierry Robin, (C) Thierry Robin & Lorien AureyreThe Death of Stalin is a historical graphic novel based off of the real life events of the late dictator Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.On March 1, 1953, Joseph Stalin orders for a live concert to be taped. The next day, he receives this live taping, but also a letter from a celebrated concert pianist expressing that she will pray for the dictator in all his wrongs he has committed to their country. Upon reading it, Stalin crumbles the paper then smokes, but something gives way. He suffers a severe stroke completely immobilizing him and leaving him bedridden.via Titan ComicsAs Stalin holds onto his life, the Central Committee convenes to discuss what they shall do with the dictator. The committee must agree to allow a doctor, any doctor, to see him and when they do it’s almost too late. As his committee continues to gather during the last days, the members start to make their agendas, allies and politics are played in the race to see who will be Stalin’s replacement.I’ve never been much of a history buff so reading this opened my eyes to a piece of history I’ve never known to check out before. The Death of Stalin laces the fear and absolute uncertainty that the Soviet Union had to go through in 1953. It’s not pretty, It’s unexpected, but it’s well worth the read. Everyone’s riddled with their corruption and greed that it makes it hard to bring yourself into this comic because you immediately want to step out. The complete feeling of dread that’s laced throughout the book makes it a compelling and great graphic novel.Fabien Nury writes The Death of Stalin in a great homage to the history, taking liberties with the details, but writes a story that keeps you holding on until the final pages. The actual story of Stalin’s death surrounds itself in mystery, accusation, and intrigue that making a fictional version of it is a fantastic move.In Fabien’s writing, I found myself compelled by each one of the characters. The dialogue is brilliant in its execution, giving you a perspective of each of these committee members, but also giving you the views of family, friends, army, citizens and more. You start to gain a bit of sympathy, which doesn’t last very long, but they’re all so deviously complicated as they struggle to find their place in the new reality.via Titan ComicsThierry Robin is a master of his craft, at times, I found myself looking over panels to see the details of what he’s drawn. He’s amazing and doesn’t miss a single piece of this history. It’s gritty and raw, which made me fall in love with it even more. The colors by Thierry and Lorien Aureyre are as gritty as the lines are, calling attention to the era we’re reading about and the absolute gloom the Soviet was at the time.The Death of Stalin was also picked up by IFC and will be released in 2018. The film will star Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Paddy Considine, Jason Isaacs and Timothy Dalton as the members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.The Death of Stalin is written by Fabien Nury, drawn by Thierry Robin, colored by Thierry Robin & Lorien Aureyre, and published by Titan! Comics. The graphic novel is available in print and online now at Comixology.com.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? Stay on targetlast_img

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