Reading Duffy and Jennings’ adaptation of Octavia’s novel I found my mind travelling back across the years to when I first read her book; this was a remarkable and powerful way to re-experience Kindred. Duffy adapts the narrative and prose with sensitivity to suit the comics form, and Jennings delivers visuals that capture the little joys and the brutal horrors equally, both writer and artist working hard to maintain what Octavia did with her prose: give us not just a story, not just a glimpse of a history many happily airbrush over, but give us real people, a real sense of them all, both masters and slaves, not some caricatures. And that feeling of realness binds the reader more emotionally with them, giving this story so much raw power to touch the reader and engage them more personally with this vicious period of history.


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