WAKE is probably one of the most important books you need to read this year if you haven’t already. If you are looking to read a captivating and thorough examination of the world as it is today, furthermore – and especially – one that isn’t written by an academic white male, look no further. If you want to read an excellent graphic memoir, look no further. If what you want is to hear the voices that were for too long silenced and read about the paragraphs- if not volumes- that were omitted from the history books, Wake is the book you’ve been waiting for. Wake is the kind of book that pivots the race and gender discourse back to where it belongs. Both empowering and powerful, its clever blend of archival research and fictionalised facts makes it stand out among other works of reportage, let alone in a graphic form. A breathtaking account of black women’s leadership in the midst of slave revolts that is only mirrored by the equally challenging and colossal investigative work that allowed this book to see the light of day.