by Chris Schweizer; Oni Press, $14.99
It surprised me to see that a new volume of Chris Schweizer’s Crogan’s ____ series was coming out. I’d kind of forgotten about it, or assumed that it was not going to be continued, but I’m very happy to be wrong.
The Crogan’s books follow a family over centuries. Each member of the family was, at one point or another, involved in some pretty big moments in history. The series began with Crogan’s Vengeance, which was about a pirate at sea. Crogan’s March had a member of the family serving in the French Foreign Legion. Both are excellent graphic novels, full of high adventure, some strong characterization, and a neatly packaged moral.
According to the solicitation, this new volume, Crogan’s Loyalty, breaks with tradition some, in focusing on two members of the family at the same time:
Brothers William and Charles may share their parentage but their perspectives couldn’t be more different. Charles emerged from his education as unrest in the American Colonies started to hit a tipping point and he has kept his allegiance with the Crown. William, on the other hand, has taken up the plight of the Minutemen and other revolutionaries. When the two are thrust back together, they have to determine which loyalty comes first, the one to their fellow soldiers or the one to their family?
Setting this volume in the Civil War is smart; people love their Civil War stories, history books, and comics.
Schweizer’s loose approach to cartooning is not my usual cup of tea, but I find that I enjoy these books a great deal. I’m looking forward to reading this.
So, what would you buy Were Money No Object?