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Uncle Sam
The Deluxe Edition (Hardback)


Author: Steve Darnall
Artist: Alex Ross
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99, US $19.99, Cdn $24.99
ISBN: 978 1 84856 284 4
Available 29 October 2009

Clad in star-spangled rags, a mystery man named Sam wanders the streets of an anonymous American city, struggling to remember his true identity and the purpose of his life. But he's plagued by inner voices, and a parade of icons come to life that carry him on a time-travelling journey into the dark heart of America... hinting at his own violent past...

Uncle Sam follows what appears to be a homeless, mentally unstable man as he wanders the streets of his city. Are the voices and visions he sees part of a mental illness? Or was he really once the iconic Uncle Sam, the spirit of a great nation?

Alex Ross illustrates a vibrant, hallucinatory tour of modern America as seen through the eyes of this homeless man who may be the living spirit of America. Uncle Sam is the story of a star-spangled vagrant clad in red, white and blue, guided by the voices in his head and his own fractured memories. Absorbed by history-traveling visions of America's dark past, Uncle Sam struggles to piece together the scattered clues of his own experiences in this deep and thoughtful look at America's checkered past - is he a raving down and out or are his fragmented memories of the American Dream real?

This book challenges the notion of America being a great nation - looking at their iconic times and revealing them for nothing more than those of a greedy and corrupt power. Like most great nations, so many horrors have been carried out in the name of progress and to keep America great.

A fantastic tale which will make you think long after you've turned the final page.


Nick Smithson

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