Hello everyone! I’m back after a little break due to me being in a car accident. But I am back with a new review request. I was approached with this one via instagram and I had previously reviewed a memoir by the same author. This is however, a little different. It is a comic book called Big Klan Attack and it is by Mr Socially Awkward. So without further delay, let us get on with the review!
So usually at this point I include the synopsis and a bit about the book. However, I am slightly limited on what is available to me. The book is available on Apple Books and Android I believe and it does have a Goodreads page, but I cannot seem to find a blurb on any of these platforms. So that would be my first critique I suppose. But I can tell you it was published on July 1st of this year and is a sequel to The Nigger Lover.
This comic book is set in the 70’s and follows Marlon who after losing both of his brothers due to racist acts and police brutality, falls into excessive drinking and a series of poor decisions that lead to the fall out of his life. Marlon loses his job and subsequently his home. Two people he works with seem to take pity on him and offer him a place to stay. Little does he know this will be another moment to test him. Tina and Will want Marlon to join an association that has been made to kill the KKK group active in their town. Marlon argues with them, he doesn’t believe in starting a hate group to defeat another hate group. He knows this isn’t the right way to go. But when Tina and Will threaten to leave him on the streets with no home, Marlon regretfully agrees to help them as long as he doesn’t have to hurt anyone himself. Throughout the events that follow the group learn the errors of their decisions and actions the hard way, realising that violence was not the way to overcome hate. As they lose what is dear to them in the process… each other and their lives as they knew it.
I am going to start by saying that this book includes a lot of violence, explicit language and sensitive, graphic topics in both wording and imagery. So I would read with caution if you are sensitive to such things or you are a younger reader.
My thoughts on this book are a little conflicted in places. I’m going to try and explain in the best I can because it’s been a while since I’ve written a review so I’m struggling to put sentences together as I normally do. I’m out of practise. I like how the author has worked to portray a message with this book that violence isn’t a solution. It isn’t going to give you a perfect and desirable outcome. That they thought this would make them feel better and free them from racism and make them have a happy life but it didn’t, it was in some case fatal and in others only added to their pain. I feel like that is a very important message.
While I think that the idea of the comic is good, and I like that the author is trying to convey that violence isn’t the answer and has consequences there were some things that niggled me about this book. The main thing was grammar and spelling. I did notice quite a few grammatical and/or spelling errors that really deterred from the flow and impact of the comic. Which, especially if you are trying to convey a message or a moral you definitely don’t want. You want your text