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Mankind: The Story of All of Us

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  • Words: Marv Wolfman, Nathan Edmundson, Shawn Brock, Neo Edmund, Devin Grayson, Joe Brusha
  • Art: Neal Adams, Tom Derenick, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dennis Calero, Giovanni Timpano, Lara Baron, Javier Aranda, Matt Triano, Mike De Carlo, Wes Huffor
  • Colors: Dash Martin, Falk, Stephen Downer, Vanessa Banos, Alberto Muriel, Marc Rueda, Josera, Bravo
  • Publisher: Silver Dragon Books
  • Price: $14.99
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2012

The History Channel teams up with Silver Dragon Books to produce a lushly illustrated exploration of our shared history.

This month, strange bedfellows The History Channel and Zenescope Entertainment have come together to produce an ambitious yet remarkably accessible exploration of the history of humankind. Published in conjunction with The History Channel’s much-anticipated documentary series, through Zenescope’s all-ages imprint Silver Dragon Books, Mankind: The Story of All of Us shares its source material’s panoramic scope, bright sense of adventure, and ultra-high production values.

Just as the TV series features an A-List cast of celebrities and scholars providing insightful commentary on key moments in human history, so too does the complementary OGN boast some of the most respected names in comics. With stories by Marv Wolfman, Tom Derenick, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dennis Calero, Nate Edmundson, and Devin Grayson, just to name a few, Mankind is a comics anthology that in many ways transcends the form, thanks in no small part to the talented individuals involved in its construction.

Where the TV series takes great pains to illustrate the causal links that form the chain of our evolution by highlighting key moments and developments in human history, the comic book takes a much more intimate, ground-level approach, providing insight into the actual people shaped by these game-changing events. If the TV series does a fantastic job of capturing the inter-connectedness of seemingly disparate threads that we as a species have woven into an infinitely complex tapestry of our shared story, then the OGN surpasses it in its ability to resonate on a personal level with the audience.

Here, the protagonists have names and families and dreams. The documentary, on the other hand rarely establishes identity for anything other than important personages – as it probably should. TV is a different medium and plays by different rules. The broad strokes with which The History Channel paints its portrait of humanity are utterly befitting of its ambitious scope.

Mankind’s thematically linked stories examining the qualities of innovation, invention, and the ability to learn and to love, all tie together so organically that it feels as if you’re reading chapters in the same story. With a consistent, exquisitely illustrative visual style and a commitment to high production values shared by the TV series, Mankind achieves a level of quality and craftsmanship that will cause the audience to confuse the two. It is this seamless interactivity, this dual unity of purpose that allows both the documentary and the comic book to become something much, much more.

Mankind: The Story of All of Us is available now from Silver Dragon Books. The documentary TV series debuted November 13th in the U.S.

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