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Area 51 (Graphic History Book) Review

 
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Marvelous inkwork combines with interesting facts to make a history book you'll love reading.

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The text fumbles a little here and there, with a few simple mistakes that distract from the overall quality of the book.


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  “The Graphic History of America’s Most Secret Military Installation” We’ve all heard of area 51 – after all, rumors about it and its secret history have abounded for years. So what’s behind all the fuss? What has the government been hiding from citizens all these years? Area 51: The Graphic History of America’s Most […]

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“The Graphic History of America’s Most Secret Military Installation”

We’ve all heard of area 51 – after all, rumors about it and its secret history have abounded for years. So what’s behind all the fuss? What has the government been hiding from citizens all these years? Area 51: The Graphic History of America’s Most Secret Military Installation is just the book for those who want to find out. It’s part graphic novel, part history book, and all area 51.

As the book puts it, “In July 2013, the CIA finally declassified Area 51’s existence and released thousands of documents related to its history. After 62 years…the true story…can finally be told.” And that’s just what you’ll get with this graphic history book. Starting with the origin of Area 51 in 1947, it gives an overview of the important events surrounding the base through the years. There are stories about the coverups, and why it was so important to keep the base a secret. There are stories about the secret missions that were based there, as well as the type of equipment and buildings that made up the base. And there are many drawings and descriptions of the different aircraft that were tested there, as well as others that never made the cut.

The graphic history of area 51 provides an interesting approach to real life history. They’ve taken a highly interesting topic – the secretive area 51 – and turned it’s history into a comic book of sorts. There are tons of fascinating facts about the base and the people who worked there, and the extensive coverage of the various types of aircraft associated with it is pretty darn cool. All of this history, fascinating though it may be, can get a little dry when presented in walls of text. Somehow, the innovative shapes of the aircraft aren’t quite as impressive when you can’t see them.

It is the artwork in Area 51 that truly brings the history alive. It’s all done in black and white that perfectly suits its secretive topic, and the inkwork is masterfully done. This is a book well worth owning simply for the artwork alone. The text is all presented in graphic novel panel style, so you won’t be staring at walls of text with a picture thrown in here and there as an afterthought. The text and images work well together to present a somber and unique look at the history of America’s infamous Area 51.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)