Review: Ginseng Roots #6
The older I get, the more I appreciate my surroundings. When I say surroundings, I especially mean working in my garden. When I see my neighbors work in their gardens as well, I often ponder the meaning of life in my solace. This is usually where I come up with some great ideas for stories and even books, as I frequently find something I truly come to endear, peace.
As I watch my plants and grass grow, the fruits and vegetables come to bear. Often in writing, we like to compare the seasons to growing up. As cliché as it is, it’s so very true. You can even compare it to raising children as time is all you have in abundance and in short supply. In Ginseng Roots #6, Craig Thompson gives readers a fascinating parallel, where we see the ginseng grow, as he grows up.
We find the Thompson siblings working the ginseng gardens, as we get a quick and dirty lesson in the stratification process, one that resembles their eagerness for the school year to end. As Thompson guides the reader through their home life, and how each individual Thompson sibling was treated, where they endured strict discipline from their father and they had one on one time with their mother and their collective love of books. He also goes onto giving the reader a lesson in how the sterilization procedure and interestingly compares it to when he and his siblings being baptized, as the family becomes even more tethered to the church, Craig starts seeing just how they demonize things they don’t understand. By the issue’s end, Thompson’s parents because of the church’s influence, make the decision that secular education is sinful, dividing the siblings for the first time in their lives.
Overall, Ginseng Roots #6 is a very personal issue that gives the reader more insight into the dynamics of the Thompson family. The story by Thompson is authentic. The art by Thompson is spectacular. Altogether, Thompson makes you feel like you are eavesdropping but makes you feel right at home with the Thompsons.
Story: Craig Thompson Art: Craig Thompson
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy