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February 16th, 2023
Under the Banner King of Death (Beacon Press $17.95), by David Lester (at right) & Marcus Rediker, features an African American fugitive from bondage, an undercover woman and “outcasts of all nations” in an arresting graphic exploration of the resistance and radical vision of 18th-century pirates. A tale of mutiny, bloody battle and social revolution, this graphic novel explores for the first time the real pirates, an itinerant community of outsiders, behind our legends. The story breaks new ground in our understanding of piracy and pirate culture. It was named one of CBC’s top 20 Canadian comics to check out in the first half of 2023. David Lester is the Vancouver-based illustrator of four previous graphic novels. Marcus Rediker is a professor and the author of The Fearless Benjamin Lay and Villains of All Nations. 97808070239834