Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute in Lexington Virginia.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

"The Fatal Bullet: The Assassination of President James A. Garfield" by Rick Geary

I mentioned Rick Geary's incredible comic book style interpretation of the Lizzie Borden case several years ago.  Well, after visiting Mentor Ohio again recently, I picked up his graphic novel "The Fatal Bullet:  The Assassination of President James A. Garfield".

This is a fun, quick read that gives a very nicely detailed yet easy to understand account of the assassination.  I also admire Geary's portrayal of assassin Charles Guiteau- he comes off as an annoying coward.  There is no exaggerated rebel loner description for this loser.

The thing I REALLY enjoy about the books by Rick Geary is his dimensional artistic story telling.  The artwork is in black and white, but it pops off the pages.  Using maps and vibrant drawings of locations, the reader has a very good understanding of how (and where) the assassin stalked Garfield, and where all of the events took place.



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