Title: Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb
Writer and Artist: Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
Trinity was the code name for the first test of an atomic bomb created by the Manhattan Project during World War II. Fetter-Vorm's graphic novel presents an excellent historical account of the project and its aftermath. I particularly appreciate the author's explanation of the science of atomic energy, a prime example of the effectiveness of sequential art over text alone. The book is particularly effective in the end as the scientists involved come to terms with what they had created. It's worth noting, most had no idea of the full scope of the Project, having been told only enough to complete their own small portion of the work. Even the lead scientist, J. Robert Oppenheimer, didn't understand the full power of the weapon until it was used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
One could design an entire college course around graphic novels about the atomic bomb. In addition to this book, the bomb is a topic well covered in Japanese manga. Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen series is a brutal account of the bomb's aftermath in Hiroshima. Shigeru Mizuki's Showa series includes the bombs but from a broader historical perspective. Both series are highly critical of Japan's own war record.
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