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Steve McQueen: Full Throttle Cool (Comic) Review

 
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“I’m not sure whether I’m an actor who races or a racer who acts.” Steve McQueen. Just the sound of his name evokes visions of old school Hollywood, a big screen presence, a man’s man. Whether you’re a devoted fan who’s seen every film and episode he acted in, or someone who’s heard the name […]

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Posted August 5, 2015 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

“I’m not sure whether I’m an actor who races or a racer who acts.”

Steve McQueen. Just the sound of his name evokes visions of old school Hollywood, a big screen presence, a man’s man. Whether you’re a devoted fan who’s seen every film and episode he acted in, or someone who’s heard the name often mentioned and want’s to learn more about the Hollywood legend, Steve McQueen: Full Throttle Cool offers a unique look into the life of a pretty unique character.

Full Throttle Cool is a biographical graphic novel that gives readers a look at the life and death of actor Steve McQueen. It blends a variety of interesting facts about McQueen’s life with expertly drawn images that really make his story come to life. The book follows a roughly chronological timeline. McQueen’s early life was rough, beginning with abandonment by his mother as an infant, followed by years of abuse and a stint in reform school after she reunited with him as a young boy. Though times were tough, McQueen always seemed to come out on top in the end. Through a brief spot in the merchant marines and even being thrown in a Cuban prison, Steve McQueen kept his charm, and his love of racing.

Though he fell into acting almost by accident, his love of racing was a lifelong affair. The book covers both of his vocations in equal measures, as McQueen worked his up in the acting industry, as well as winning his fair share of races. Motorcycles or cars, McQueen wanted to be behind the wheel – and this love of the machines led to some iconic chase scenes in his movies, and more than a few accidents on the track. Though the studios weren’t too keen on him busting himself up, McQueen gave his all on the track, just like he did on film.

Steve McQueen: Full Throttle Racing offers a nice overview of the life of one of Hollywood’s icons, coupled with compelling black and white illustrations that bring his unique story to life. Though the text sometimes feels a bit stilted, it overall offers a pretty comprehensive look at the highs and lows of McQueen’s life, and it’s a story worth telling.


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)