Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight
This substantial history makes for an impressive graphic novel. Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm alternates chapters between the story of the Apollo 11 moon landing (in full color) and topics related to spaceflight (in monochrome). Those latter range greatly, involving a lot more than a technical memoir, including a survey of historical astronomers, a history of rocketry, astronaut training, designing the spacesuits, and the symbolism of the moon to various cultures.
It’s well-drawn, straightforward and easy to read but visually interesting and diverse. I was particularly impressed to see previously-unknown information on the women who trained as astronauts in the 1960s and those who made the computer programming to support the moon launch possible. Yet, for all this, I had to force myself through the book.
I was left cold and uninvolved. It was educational and comprehensive — perhaps too much so. I don’t care about this topic in this much depth, and at times, it felt as though I was cramming for an exam, swamped by the detail. If you are more interested in the history or topic than I am, this is a glorious read.
Moonbound will make an excellent edition to any library and is a thorough resource on the topics it delves into. I hope others enjoy it more than I did, though. (The publisher provided a review copy.)