Being an avid comic book reader and a political junkie, I was very intrigued by the news of Action Presidents by Fred Van Lente, which is being released digitally on Wednesday, November 13 on Comixology. Published by Evil Twin Comics, written by Van Lente and illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey, every issue of Action Presidents will feature a historical account of a different president, yet done in such an engaging style, each issue should be made available to our schools and replace the traditional dry teachings our children are required to partake in.
The first issue (obviously) features George Washington, and as I began to read I immediately had to start searching through Google, not certain if the material was true or not. After several fact checks and realizing that even with my countless courses in Government, American History and a Political Science degree, I either forgot or never was taught some things that were quite frankly very fascinating.
The story tells of Washington’s early days, losing his father at age eleven, and then through inheritance and marriage becoming one of the richest men of the thirteen colonies as well as one of Virginia’s largest slave owners. Made a colonial officer at the ripe age of twenty, Van Lente goes on to describe Washington’s struggles with his men and his battles, essentially avoiding the British while leading the Continental Army, ensuring their survival and the reality of American independence.
After reading this first issue featuring the father of our country, it sort of reminded me of something I may have seen on Schoolhouse Rocks. It’s a great take on American and Presidential history delivered brilliantly by Van Lente and the art of Dunlavey. It was in fact Dunlavey’s style that got me all nostalgic, reminding me of those Saturday morning animated commercials between cartoons. If you are a history buff and would like to possibly learn more about our past presidents, this series is just for you! Both funny and educational, Action Presidents #1 wins in a landslide.
You can purchase the first issue digitally on Comixology and enjoy the preview below.