The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

    (DC, 2005)
™ and ©2005 Will Eisner

Will Eisner’s final graphic novel is a detailed analysis of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a fabricated document outlining a Jewish conspiracy’s plot for world domination. Eisner first outlines the origins of the source text to ground its veracity, then the history of its plagiarist author, his character and reasons for committing his act of slander. Next, he spends several pages comparing passages, which stops the dramatic narrative dead, but is essential in establishing the fraudulence of the text, which is Eisner’s primary aim in The Plot.

What follows is a dishearteningly tidal ebb and flow of belief in the book, no matter how thoroughly or frequently its lies are dispelled, culminating in the Holocaust (ironically, an event that among the same anti-Semitic circles is taken in faith to have not occurred or been as severe as reported by those seemingly omnipresent scheming Jews, in the racist mind). Even in the present day, copies of the Protocols are being published in far greater numbers than the best-selling comic books. Eisner’s final opus holds aloft a lonely torch, but the darkness remains.

— Brendan McGinley

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Introduction by Umberto Eco; Preface by Will Eisner; Afterword by Stephen Eric Bronner; Final work of Will Eisner, completed in the last month of his lifeWill Eisner, Umberto Eco, Alessandra Bastagli, Stephen Eric BronnerWill Eisner