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The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century [Paperback]

Frank Miller , Dave Gibbons
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July 6 2010
Just in time for the Fourth of July! A masterpiece nearly twenty years in the making, this archival volume contains the complete life story of Martha Washington, the twenty-first century freedom fighter created by comic-book megastars Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), now in a more affordable softcover edition. Our story begins in the squalid corridors of a maximum-security housing project, where a young girl will rise from the war-torn streets of Chicago to battle injustice in a world insane with corruption. Her fight will take her far, from the frontlines of the second American Civil War, to the cold, unforgiving reaches of space. She will be called a hero, a traitor, and nearly everything in-between, but all along the way, her courage, her integrity, and her unwavering commitment to that most valuable of rights - liberty - will inspire a movement that will never surrender.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Commentary April 17 2013
By Rafael
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I love this story and the main character. Just a great narrative and tons of great social commentary throughout. The art is quite nice too. I highly recommend it, well, unless you're on the far right.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This should be a movie already ! Feb. 26 2010
By M. Uribe - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book, very heavy, great story, i have to admit that the ending was not really one of my favorites and somewhat disappointed, felt like they could have gone a little further and maybe had a better ending. But if you like a story enough that you debate the ending enough, you know you enjoyed it.

You want to root for Martha every step of the way, from her child hood to adult hood. You want her to go far, and its sad at the obstacles she has to face. But its through these obstacles, and humbleness that make her such a great character. I have to agree the story can be messy at times, and some of the later stories are a little bizarre. But i would recommend this to any comic fan or first time comic reader alike.

The question now, who can play her in a real live movie ! Get this book it will be a collectors item for sure
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best action stories in graphic novel form Aug. 15 2010
By woodrow locksley - Published on Amazon.com
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Comics by way of the graphic novel have grown up in the last 30 years.Led by Art Spiegelmans publishing of his fathers holocaust experiences and his relationship with hisfather as he tells his story, Maus showed that comics can tell any type of story and do it well.The Hernandez have explored the cultural matrix of Mexican communities both in Mexico and the United States.Peter Bagge has satrirized American Life.Joe Sacco has done journalism through comics more effectivelythan most journalists anfd there are many others like Dan Clowes Chris Ware and Dauid Mazzucchelli who have explored the human condition in interesting and powerful ways.But what about the action adventure genre that is at the heart of comic books?There is good news here as well.Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons chronicled through a set of stories the life of an African American woman from her childhood in a Chicago slum to distinguished service as a warrior and most importantly as a champion of liberty as a member of a futuristic American army.Millers writing is oftwn wild and his political speculations take satire to an absurdity that can be hard to take at times but there is no denying the energy and his main theme that freedom is more important than security an that anytime a government says we need to reduce freedom to enhance security then both freedom and true security are at risk very much influenced by Ayn Rand but also by many of the founding fathers who believed the same thing. Dave Gibbons art is clear and well constructed giving depth to Millers writing because of its realism and he is a fine letterer as well. The color art especially after the Give Me Liberty section of the novel is magnificent. Martha Washington was originally published as three seperate smaller graphic novels and three one shotsbut it is shown to be a coherent whole one large novel in this collection.It is a first rate example of the action adventure genre particularily in comics and I RECOMMEND IT MOST HIGHLY
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Comic Entertainment June 30 2013
By ACE - Published on Amazon.com
I first brought these when they first came out a very long time ago. So when I saw them in this Graphic Novel format, I had to get it. The story is top notch!!! It was my first introduction to Cabrini Green aka "The Green" and Millers twists on it were AWESOME!!!!! Her (computer) teacher getting killed was shocking. From there, the story just takes off. Her military commander is a scoundrel. The take on the Surgeon General is PRICELESS!!!!! I wasn't a fan of Miller until this story arch. If you're looking for a unique heroine that happens to be African American and Female, you have hit the jackpot. If you're looking for a good story, you've hit the jackpot too. I agree with the other reviewer, "this should be a movie." I vote for Sanaa Lathan or Jada Pinkett-Smith to play Martha.
5.0 out of 5 stars Most awesome book March 10 2013
By Stephen Payne - Published on Amazon.com
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Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons give the future a dark, satiric edge in which feminists, fast food chains and super intelligent computers vie for control of 21st century America. Violent, depressing but ultimately uplifting, Martha Washington's life is a reminder that while evil remains ever busy, the good must continue the good fight, even if their actions are ultimately futile.
5.0 out of 5 stars All in one is WAY more fun June 20 2011
By D. Cantland - Published on Amazon.com
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I owned these as individual books. Once I got this gem, I was able to enjoy them in one volume. It's not small, but can be read as a complete body of work as I think embodies the original intent of the writer and artists.

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