Che: A Graphic Biography by Spain Rodriguez is a lovingly written work of graphic
non-fiction about the life of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, a hero of the Cuban
revolution and one of the great political figures of the 20th century.
The bulk of the graphic novel is dedicated to Che’s growing
socio-political awareness and his zealous revolutionary ideals. After briefly
discussing Che’s youth, the graphic novel follows Che on his trip through South
America with Alberto Granado. It is during this time that Che studies leprosy
and begins to understand the plight of the Latin American peasant class.
Che travels, his ideas of a revolution grow, as does his circle of influential
friends. When he is finally introduced to Raul Castro and later to Raul’s
brother, Fidel, Che is well on his way to seeing his dream of an uprising of
the peasant class come to fruition.
The graphic novel explores Che’s time in Cuba, Africa, Russia and South
America while offering great insight into the political issues of the day.
depth with which Che’s life is explored provides the reader with a great
understanding of the man, the myth, and where the truth lies between them. An
afterward, “Che Guevara, Image and Reality” written by Sarah Seidman and Paul
Buhle offers a retrospective look at Che’s image as an icon and what the modern
commodification of his image means to his legacy.
artwork is Spain’s classic style with meaty, muscular people who practically
pulse with energy. A great deal of research informed the creation of this
graphic biography. It is a wonderful resource for anyone who would like to
learn more about Ernesto “Che” Guevara.