Review: Atar Gull
The very first time I read Prince Among Slaves, my initial reaction was disbelief. I thought for sure, something so spectacular could not be real. I thought that the whole thing may be a fabrication or a legend told down through the ages. It’s the story of Abdul Rahman, an African Prince who became enslaved and survived for years before gaining his freedom. I read this book years before finding out about 12 Years A Slave and the immense story surrounding Solomon Northrup’s journey.
Rahman and Northrup’s journeys are only similar in the outer layers of the stories but are from alike. Rahman was a sovereign taken from his kingdom while Northrup was a free American who was born and grew up free. Both stories never saw either man get revenge on their slaver. That’s in contrast to a story like Django Unchained. In Fabian Nury and Brüno’s Atar Gull we find a protagonist under similar circumstances but gets the last word.
We meet Atar Gall as a young prince along with his father, the chieftain, whose tribesman had been enslaved by the nearby Namaquas. As the tribe mourns their losses, a young Atar becomes emboldened vowing to never let the tribe suffer the same fate again. Fast forward years later and we also meet Captain Benoit, a stalwart ship captain, whose greed outweighs his morals. He sails to meet a slave trader, Van Harp, who actively buys slaves from the Namaquas tribe and whose prize buy is an adult Atar. From there we follow a story of slavery and revenge against those who commit and perpetuate that horror.
Overall, a story where revenge is a device which examines the human condition. The art by Brüno is magnetic and flawless. Altogether, a graphic novel which moves the reader while showing patience is not only a virtue but can be part of well-laid plan.
Story: Fabian Nury Art: Brüno
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy