Family Comic Friday: Major Impossible
Family Comic Friday examines another of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales! Meet John Wesley Powell: Union Army Officer, Civil War hero, and rugged explorer of the dangerous Colorado river! And he did all of this with only 1 arm! This is Major Impossible!
Major Impossible (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #9)
Written and illustrated by Nathan Hale
Published by Harry N. Abrams
Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale continues his bloody and gruesome tales of terror from the annals of history! In this edition, Hale crafts a two-era story of one John Wesley Powell. The son of abolitionists, Powell gets his chance to fight against slavery when his joins the Union Army at the beginning of the Civil War. Powell’s love of military strategy and history make him an ideal candidate for command which results in the loss of his right arm!
For most, the loss of a limb would mean the end of one’s Army career. But for Powell, it only sparks a flame deep within the soldier’s soul for more action and adventure. Powell will spend the remaining 2 years of the war as a Major, leading his troops in some of the most deadly fighting in the Civil War. But once peace is declared- that’s not the end of John Wesley Powell’s thirst for adventure.
4 years after the war between the states, Powell mounts a 10 man expedition through the unexplored portions of the Colorado River. Powell’s trek will take several boats through class 4 and 5 rapids. Along the way, the explorers will lose supplies, transportation and lives as only 6 men return to civilization!
Major Impossible is perhaps the most different volume of this fan favorite series. For one, a new character from the Colonial Era is introduced while one of the more established characters has a more diminished role. Then we have the frequent time jumps from John Wesley Powell’s Civil War career and his post-Army career expedition. Hale’s stories often span the decades but they usually go in progression from earliest to later events.
Though this was a much different Hazardous Tale, I very much enjoyed this book. And kids aged 8-12 will too!
The part of Powell’s amputation might be a little intense. Plus, there’s one scene that involved a little bit of rear-end nudity. The incident is funny but might be considered a little risque. Such an occurrence has never been in any of the other books. So that was certainly different.
With the exception of the nude scene, this is one of the more tamer volumes in the Nathan Hale series. That’s okay as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just hope that we’ll have more Hazardous Tales on the horizon sometime soon!
Major Impossible debuted in print and digital formats on December 3, 2019. A second print edition will be released on January 14, 2019.
For more Family Comic Friday and other reviews, check out my blog: Madman with a Book!
A Fresh Look at More Civil War Era History from Nathan Hale!