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Review: I Survived the Sinking of the TItanic, 1912

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

James Cameron is one of those visionary directors who can change the way one views the world. His movies are not merely blockbusters but immersive world experiences. One of the best examples is the experience of Avatar, where things like disability and the plight of indigenous peoples were underlying themes. Even now, more than ten years after it debuted, it still is part of the public imagination.

Another element in his movies that often gets overlooked is his storytelling ability. H not only pulls you into these worlds, but drawn to these characters. This is what made his movie Titanic so memorable. It had some of us questioning how one would survive something as harrowing as a ship sinking. In Lauren TarshisI Survived series, she asks this very question. In I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic 1912, we meet one such protagonist who doesn’t know his life is about to change.

We are taken to April 14, 1912, where we meet George Calder and his little sister, Phoebe, who is fortunate enough to be sailing on the Titanic, thanks to his aunt, Daisy, as we soon find out the lost their other due to an accident. The siblings would go exploring on the ship but eventually George would strike out on his own, where he finds trouble in the lower decks, as he runs into an unsavory character, whom he escapes from, but right then, the ship hits an iceberg, causing the ship to take water. George, Phoebe and Aunt Dais would put on their life vests, as a precaution, but as the vessel starts to submerge, their hope starts to dim. They would soon find themselves topside, as they start to evacuate, but unfortunately George gets separated from Aunt Daisy and Phoebe, on the last rescue boat. He would eventually go down with the ship, and would tread water on a door, until a passing boat was within arm’s reach, for him to get into it. Eventually a hospital ship rescues them, and he is reunited with Aunt Daisy and Phoebe. As they arrive in New York City, the kids are reunited with their father, in what should be a happy reunion. Instead, the kids, mostly George, suffer post traumatic stress for most of his life. By the book’s end, George finds solace in his father, as the pain of seeing all those people die, remains tethered to his memories, knowing that he can never forget what happened on the Titanic.

Overall, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 is an engrossing and thrilling story that gives another view of this traumatic event. The story by Tarshis is compelling. The art by Haus Studio is gorgeous. Altogether, an excellent book that more than enlightens, it humanizes.

Story: Lauren Tarshis Art: Haus Studio
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Other History of the DC Universe

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman: Black & White #2 (DC Comics) – Amazing art made the first issue stand out and we’re hoping for more of the same with the second.

Dead End Kids: The Suburban Job #1 (Source Point Press) – Three friends are brought back together when they find themselves in the crosshairs of a local drug dealer.

The Eighth Immortal #1 (Source Point Press) – And immortal must choose between protecting humanity and her own sanity.

I Survived Vol. 3 Nazi Invasion 1944 (Graphix) – In a Jewish ghetto, Max Rosen and his sister, Zena, struggle to live after their father is taken away by the Nazis.

Kaiju Score #3 (AfterShock) – Things are of course going sideways when it comes to the heist and it’s thankfully entertaining watching things go wrong.

Loot #1 (Scout Comics/Scoot) – Emily D. Jackson works for her newly retired mom in loss prevention at a big box superstore by day and turns her passion for theft into part-time treasure hunting on the side.

Nailbiter Returns #9 (Image Comics) – The series has been a fantastic “horror sequel” taking all of the tropes and expectations of being one and mixing it up. If you’re a fan of the genre, the series as a whole is worth checking out.

The Other History of the DC Universe #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The first issue was jaw dropping and the second has us just as impressed. This series continues to look at the history of DC through the perspective of its minority characters. This issue, the Teen Titans.

Stake #1 (Scout Comics) – As a member of the Vampire Bounty Hunter Union, and with the help of her ancient vampiric mentor Jessamy, Angel’s out to track down the bloodthirsty monsters who destroyed her life.

Strange Academy #7 (Marvel) – The series has been a lot of fun with fantastic artwork. The danger is increasing now as we’re past the introduction and this is becoming one of Marvel’s best regular releases.

Taarna #2 (Heavy Metal) – The first issue delivered a cosmic trippy story and we’re excited to see where this series goes from here. With solid visuals and grand scope, the series feels like an homage to Jack Kirby.

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