The Klondike gold rush shook the Yukon on the eve of the twentieth century and stands today as the defining era in the taming of North America, especially Canada’s Great North. The story of how a handful of colorful characters sparked the largest mobilization of gold seekers in history is brought vividly to life in this debut graphic novel by cartoonist Zach Worton. Set against the Canadian Wilderness, his stunning depictions of the Yukon, including life’s daily monotonies and hardships, are as much apart of the action as the key players: the prospector George Carmack; the racist prospector Robert Henderson; “Skookum Jim Mason,” a Native American posthumously credited with discovering gold; “Soapy Smith,” a noted con artist; Belinda Mulrooney, perhaps the first female involved in the gold rush to strike it rich; and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Worton draws the reader into an absorbing, historical tale of political intrigue and personal adventure, played out amid the free-for-all atmosphere of the Wild West. The Klondike features introductory text accompanying each chapter, and thorough, illustrated index of all the key players in the gold rush, as well as glossary featuring notes about how to pan for gold and tips on how to spot the differences between fool’s gold and the real thing.