Hawking is a well-done take on Stephen Hawking’s life, showing us how he became everyone’s favorite genius. We get to follow the development of his brilliance, starting with his school days and culminating in the many theories that are essential today. While we see aspects of his personal life and the advancement of his medical condition, the science remains at the forefront. It’s a reminder that, no matter the difficulties he faced on a daily basis, he was constantly theorizing, creating and expanding the world’s understanding of the universe at large.
I was most impressed by the breakdown of the scientific concepts Hawking became known for. Most people, myself included, don’t spend much time with complicated equations and theories, so it was nice to get that bit of historical context. The science becomes easy to understand, presented in a conversational tone amidst graphic portrayals of the concepts.
Overall, Hawking is a great insight into a man who helped bring science firmly into popular culture. By pairing his scientific accomplishments with the events behind the scenes, we see the full picture of a regular man filled with extraordinary knowledge. It’s an inspiring look at his life and taught me a lot.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
Story by Jim Ottaviani
Art by Leland Myrick
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