Talk about a powerhouse of my favorite things! Kindred by Octavia E. Butler is one of those timeless modern classics that not only changed the literary landscape when it was published in 1979, but remains essential reading for modern day. In a genre dominated by white men, Butler paved the way for generations of future female writers (not to mention all gender authors of color) to share their voices. In the novel, the main character--a modern African American woman--is transported back in time to the antebellum south. The social commentary on race and humanity is still very much as relevant today as it was 40 years ago. But let's set aside all the important literary context, Kindred is just damn good fiction.
WHOA. What did you say? "This isn't a book review for the NOVEL Kindred"?...well, true. But you should probably go ahead and read it anyways, just to be safe.
So, back to the point here. Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation is a beautifully illustrated retelling of Octavia's original. Authors Damian Duffy and John Jennings stay true in plot and emotional gut wrenching feeling of the novel. If you're already a fan, don't worry -- knowing the twists and turns of the story ahead of time only increased my anticipation/anxiety of certain moments. A perfect read for science fiction fans as well as veteran graphic devotees.