The last 4 years are one of ruin, hate, and the rise of idolatry, and the widespread acceptance of willful ignorance. It has shown the world, just how ugly America and Americans are. It also has shown systemic racism is and has been part of the national fabric since the birth of our country. This all begins with whom we identify as our nation’s leader.
The nation’s highest office once had dignity and pride connected before our national nightmare settled in. In fact, a name that was synonymous with the office and with those qualities was Roosevelt. We have been lucky to have two presidents to have that name and occupy it knowing history has its eyes on them. In Teddy, Laurence Luckinbill and Eryck Tait delve into who the 29th President and uncovers what made him so legendary.
We open to Roosevelt about to debate then President Woodrow Wilson. Personalizing the threat of World War I, he lets the crowd, know that he has sons on the front lines. This makes him nostalgic, making him remember his upbringing In Europe, trying to stand out in the midst of his siblings and how difficult it was for him to get into Harvard. AS he sought to better himself, and just when he started to burgeon at the college, his father dies, a man he was both adored and was scared of, putting a kibosh on his future momentarily. As this event forced him to be introspective, as he soon found out more about himself, realizing how much of his father trickled down to him, especially the part of being a politician, but he would take baby steps, first, becoming a lawyer. Then joining the New York State Legislature, where he got introduced to what so frustrating and despicable about politics in the first place, in a world where deals were made behind closed doors. As he would not only have to deal with the intricacies of the dirty world of politics, but he would also deal with the death of his mother of Typhoid Fever and his wife, Alice, who died after childbirth of his daughter, Lee, only mere hours apart, left politics and went west to the Dakota Badlands, to make a new life for himself. He would eventually fail as a rancher but would find his passion back in writing, transcribing his own histories of the still very young country. He would reconnect, with a childhood friend, Edith Carow, reigniting their friendship and eventual marriage, which refocus his efforts, which pushed him to become the Civil Service Commissioner, then the police Commissioner of the NYPD, and the Assistant Secretary Of The Navy, which under his watch, began the Spanish American War, and where he led the Rough Riders. This made him known and the eventual Vice President where he served under McKinley, who was assassinated, which lead him to occupy the Presidency, becoming the youngest one to, at 42. He would introduce progressive ideas like old-age pension, public housing, and regulation of large corporations. He would also spend time with his children, something he got to do, more so than any other time in his life. He would talk about the trials and tribulations he to go through with the Panama Canal, listing what made the effort worthwhile. He would leave the presidency after seven and a half years, to gallivant around the world in ways he could not before as a President, as he also struggled to not be as effective as a civilian, seeing the tragedy of World War I unfold, and hoping and wishing for his sons to come back home safely. By the book’s end, he implores the audience and the reader, the importance of living.
Overall, Teddy is a personal look into probably the most iconic President to have ever held the office. The story by Luckinbill is extraordinary. The art by Tait is awe-inspiring. Altogether, Teddy is a graphic novel that makes this important historical figure both relatable and relevant.
Story: Laurence Luckinbill Art: Eryck Tait
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy
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