It is rare that I can sum up a comic book fully in as little as a short sentence, but that is the case with Rick Geary’s excellent new original graphic novel, The Lindbergh Child – “Like From Hell, only with the Lindbergh baby instead of Jack the Ripper.”
Now, of course, From Hell was historical fiction, while The Lindbergh Child is strict historical recitation, but the tone and style of the book is practically identical to that of From Hell – the extremely detailed look at a bizarre and fascinating point in (relatively) recent criminal history.
Geary tells the story in his trademark simple style (along with his hand-lettering), although of course, he is quite attuned to depicting the dress of the day accurately, and he does wonderful work with people’s facial expressions.
The story has a lot of twists and turns – it was one of the most famous criminal cases of the 20th Century, but in case you are unfamiliar with the case (and want to know the gist of it – read on, if not, quit reading the next sentence), the infant son of world famous pilot Charles Lindbergh was taken from his crib one night and most likely found dead fairly nearby a few months later.
This was a different time, much like the Jack the Ripper case, people felt close enough that they could get involved. One of the prominent players in the story was a man who read about it in the paper and decided that he, a total stranger to Lindbergh, should act as the go-between between Lindbergh and the kidnappers.
Geary is meticulous in his attention to the details of the case, and though it is quite complicated, he makes it fairly easy to follow.
This is an extremely well put together historical graphic novel, and I highly recommend it.
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