Students who are hungry to read more comics and curious to learn more about amazing historical figures from around the world will be eager to get their hands on this collective biography and graphic novel translated from the French. What’s most notable about this title, beyond its gorgeous colors and fast pacing, are the women included; Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth and Marian Anderson make way for Nzinga, Lars Mariposas, Josephine Baker, Temple Grandin and Betty Davis. Also included are Mae Jemison, and Sonita Alizadeh. Each 8-panel biography is followed by a full-bleed artistic two-page spread and Bagieu’s diverse French sensibilities shine through everywhere, including a more European embrace of female sexuality. Back matter includes an author’s bio told in two panels and a list of thirty additional names of women who “rocked the world.” Educators may consider pressing these two items into service to engage students in inquiry projects and as a model for drafting their own bio of their future self. It is worth mentioning that as sensitive as the writer is at handling topics of abuse and poverty, they are included and undeniably relayed from the author’s point of view. --Jessica Fenster-Sparber
Bagieu, Penelope. Brazen: Rebel ladies who rocked the world. New York: First Second Publishing, 2018. Print.