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Review – Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales One Dead Spy and Big Bad Ironclad!

Educational comics and graphic novels is a growing genre that’s becoming more popular not just in academia, but also for every day readers. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! are two of the latest examples delving into our rich American History. With story and art by Nathan Hale, One Dead Spy tells the story of Revolutionary War spy Nathan Hale (yes I was confused as the writer has the name name of the subject) while Big Bad Ironclad! skips ahead in time to the Civil War and the race between the North and South for supremacy in the waters.

Both digest sized graphic novels are great for kids learning about American history or adults wanting to go back and brush up on what they might not remember from school. The most important thing though is they’ll be entertained while learning. It’s a novel concept but key.

Hale (again the creator, not the spy) fills both books with solid writing, creating a flow to the story that keeps you engaged and making the reading go with a breeze. The art too helps a lot with a cartoonish quality that kids will enjoy as well as adults.

It’s seems like a rare (but becoming more common) case that a comic or graphic novel can be entertaining and educational and Nathan Hale achieves both. And it’s great to be able to read something that’s entertaining for both kids and adults (and educational)!

It’s no-brainer to recommend both as they’re the same quality. If you have a kid in school, just getting started on American history, these are absolute buys to get the kid excited and also educated.

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad!

Story: Nathan Hale Art: Nathan Hale

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Abrams Books provided a FREE copy of both to Graphic Policy for review.

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Author:Brett Schenker

Brett is a political consultant who resides in Arlington, VA. He grew up in Cleveland, OH and Buffalo, NY and attended the University at Buffalo, majoring in Political Science. Since then Brett has made his mark on politics working in various positions such as a Legislative Staffer for the Erie County Legislature, Special Assistant for Senator John Kerry, as the Database Administrator for Forward Together PAC, Deputy Internet Director for Chris Dodd for President, and Internet/Database Director for Virginians for Brian Moran, and Email Deliverability Czar for Salsa Labs. In 2007 Brett formed 5B Consulting providing his expertise on database solutions, new media and email strategy. He's a long time geek, reading comics since he was a child and learning to spell his name on an Atari 800. When he's not working, he's reading comics, playing video games and relaxing with a nice cup of tea. You can follow him on Twitter @bhschenker


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