Alexander Hamilton Graphic Novel ★★★☆☆

2.5 stars

This book was definitely beautiful and I would say the drawings were 4 star worthy! This novel was such an interesting take on Hamilton’s life and I really liked reading about him in this form as opposed to paragraph form.

* I was sent this book by the website Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affected the review below *

Goodreads Summary:

Alexander Hamilton was one of the most influential figures in United States history–he fought in the Revolutionary War, helped develop the Constitution, and as the first Secretary of the Treasury established landmark economic policy that we still use today. Cut down by a bullet from political rival Aaron Burr, Hamilton has since been immortalized alongside other Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson–his likeness even appears on the ten-dollar bill. In this fully-illustrated and impeccably researched graphic novel-style history, author Jonathan Hennessey and comic book illustrator Justin Greenwood bring Alexander Hamilton’s world to life, telling the story of this improbable hero who helped shape the United States of America.

My Review:

One of my biggest complaints with this book was that it was very information heavy and most of it was told through chunks of text and not speech bubbles. For me this made my eyes start skimming the words without really reading them and that’s not something I put on the positive side of a reading checklist. I will say that I did like how the boxes never had more than a sentence in them or else I think I would have gotten bored much faster than I did.

I really do love the illustrations in this book though. The colours are amazing and it’s just a really great graphic novel. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures after reading in order to further understand what was happening at the time. Of course, a big portion of a graphic novel is the graphics and this book did a good job of conveying some important subjects without words. The only downside is that all the men in this book look the same and there are only so many ways you can make them all identifiable individuals.

I don’t really have too much to say about this book except for that it doesn’t focus on Hamilton the whole time and while I liked hearing about the Continental Congress, I was a little disappointed. It also felt a little rushed for some chapters and then sometimes it would drag on and the whole book just felt like it couldn’t figure out how to pace itself.

I guess I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about Hamilton and the history of the United States and can get past being bored at times. This book was actually pretty interesting and I did learn some things that I hadn’t known which is always a good thing. Those who have a little history on Hamilton would probably gain the most from this book because if I had gone into this not knowing anything I think I might have stopped reading. To me, this is more like an addition to a high school understanding of who Hamilton was.