Daily Archives: May 11, 2022

Review of the Graphic Novel Makhno – Ukrainian Freedom Fighter

This is a review of the graphic novel titled:  Makhno- Ukrainian Freedom Fighter (2022)  The following text is From the Simon and Shuster website and can be found at:  https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Makhno-Ukrainian-Freedom-Fighter/Philippe-Thirault/9781643379692

From the website: “The spellbinding true story of the infamous Ukrainian anarchist and revolutionary.  In early 20th century Ukraine, anarchist Nestor Makhno, the son of peasants, was among the most heroic and colorful figures of the Russian Revolution, encouraging his people to find and embrace social and economic self-determination. This is his story, of a military strategist who tirelessly defied both the Bolsheviks and the Germans to protect his homeland.  In support of the people of Ukraine, a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated directly to Ukrainian relief efforts.”

What I found interesting was how Russia tried to hijack the Ukrainian people’s revolution and turn it into a project to increase Russian power.   Makhno not only had to fight Russians but Germans, and White Cossacks (Cossacks on the side of the Tsar).  I had no idea that the struggle for Ukrainian independence was so old and involved so many opponents.

Iron Man uses Appeal to Humanity to Defeat Enemy

Iron Man #19 is a must-read comic book!  Spoiler alert!  Iron Man in his Tony Stark persona is dying of addiction.  Korvac, a cosmically empowered, bad guy decides its time to end the life of Iron Man once and for all but before that becomes human and as a human cannot kill the helpless and dying Tony Stark and actually takes him to the hospital and saves the life of Tony Stark.  Korvac then commits suicide. Tony Stark enters into rehab.  Tony Stark points out power and even cosmic power cannot act as a shield or in Iron Man’s case armor that can protect us from our own inner demons.  Would this approach work with megalomaniacs in the real world?  I doubt appeals to humanity will deter Putin in the Ukraine!