ARC Review: Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven by Brandon Easton and Denis Medri

atgTitle: Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven

Author: Brandon Easton and Denis Medri

Release Date: November 24

Publisher: Lion Forge Comics

Source: Lion Forge Comics on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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4 stars

Forge Comics is proud to present this amazing story of a man who turned a curse into a blessing. Written by 2014 Eisner Award-nominee Brandon M. Easton with gorgeous artwork by Denis Medri, this unprecedented biography of Andre the Giant charts his earliest days on his family’s farm, to his enormously successful runs in Japan, to his heated feuds with the biggest wrestling stars of all time, to his memorable turns in Hollywood TV and cinema and to his darkest moments caused by excessive substance abuse. Based on testimony from Andre’s friends and colleagues – including his daughter Robin – this is the story you’ve never been told about Andre “the Giant” Roussimoff. (Source: Goodreads)

Another graphic novel biography of Andre the Giant! Last year I reviewed Box Brown’s Andre the Giant biography so it’s kind of cool to get to read another biography of the man and to see where they sort of differ. I have to say they’re definitely both worth reading and I enjoyed them both. Easton and Medri’s biography has beautiful art, a really personal story, but a kind of toneless and false sounding narration. I think it was a wonderful look at his life, I just wasn’t a fan of the narration.

The story is told through Andre’s eyes, which was an interesting decision but I think ultimately the point of failure for this book. It all just came across false and unrealistic because it didn’t seem like a true representation of events. It read a little like a wikipedia article at times, it was informative – much in the same way as Brown’s book was – but it came across unrealistic because people don’t talk like wikipedia articles. I think the book did a great deal to humanize a man who had so much media attention, which was absolutely fabulous, it just didn’t feel like Andre narrating was a good decision.

The art in this book is absolutely beautiful. It’s very detailed and really shows the changes in Andre’s life so beautifully and clearly. I really enjoyed the art, and it was interesting to compare it to Brown’s much more simple design. I think they both really captured something unique and beautiful in their artistic choices though.

I think one of the most interesting aspects of this book is the foreword, written by Andre’s daughter. It was such a personal and beautiful little note to start the book off on and it was very touching. I really enjoyed it. I think this was really the only point where you got the full scope of the research done when making the book, unlike Brown’s book where there was an index and all these other indicators about the research. I think both were okay, but I kind of liked the academic side to Brown’s book.

I would highly recommend this book, I think it is worth a read and especially interesting to compare to Brown’s book from last year. Definitely check it out!

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