Abraham Lincoln is one of the most fascinating figures in American politics…and I’m not even talking about all that vampire-slaying business! He was a career loser who barely managed to serve one term in the House of Representatives but somehow got elected to the office of the President! He saw the nation through its most difficult era, and was beginning to look forward to a new beginning when his life was taken. Now Noah van Scriver is taking a look at the young man who would become that president.
The debut graphic novel from Noah Van Sciver follows the twentysomething Abraham Lincoln as he loses everything, long before becoming our most beloved president. Lincoln is a rising Whig in the state’s legislature as he arrives in Springfield, IL to practice law. With all of his possessions under his arms in two saddlebags, he is quickly given a place to stay by a womanizing young bachelor who becomes his friend and close confidant. Lincoln builds a life and begins friendships with the town’s top lawyers and politicians. He attends elegant dances and meets an independent-minded young woman from a high-society Kentucky family, and after a brisk courtship, becomes engaged. But, as time passes and uncertainty creeps in, young Lincoln is forced to battle a dark cloud of depression brought on by a chain of defeats and failures culminating into a nervous breakdown that threatens his life and sanity. This cloud of dark depression Lincoln calls “The Hypo.”
Dense crosshatching and an attention to detail help bring together this completely original telling of a man driven by an irrepressible desire to pull himself up by his bootstraps, overcome all obstacles, and become the person he strives to be. All the while unknowingly laying the foundation of character he would use as one of America’s greatest presidents.
The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln is released by Fantagraphics in just a couple of weeks. You can download a free 16-page preview of the book here.
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