The world built by LaGuardia over these first two issues has been rich and fascinating, and I feel like we’re only just scratching the surface. Not only are there a plethora of different aliens from all around the universe, there are also a number of different aspects to the future society in which these characters live which I’d love to explore in depth.
In the first issue, we met Future, a pregnant Nigerian-American woman who fights for the rights of aliens who have come to Earth seeking refuge. In this issue, we get to meet Laundry, Payment, and Surveillance, three of the alien tenants who live in the apartment building with Future and her grandmother. This group of friends is scheduled to go to a protest at LaGuardia Airport to speak out against the travel ban being enacted on countries with significant alien populations.
Meanwhile, Future’s grandmother is sent to be the lawyer for three Sudanese students who are being denied entry into the U.S. because of the travel ban. The ban hasn’t officially gone into effect yet. Sudan doesn’t have a significant alien population. The three students in question aren’t even aliens, but 100% human. Yet the fear rampant in the American government is being used to try to keep them out anyway. Does any of this sound familiar?
The parallels with our own current political climate are pretty on the nose, and yet the comic never feels heavy handed or preachy and is able to make some excellent points through the story it tells.
The travel ban is the main story of the second issue, but there’s a lot more than just that. There are a number of characters, both human and alien, each with their own rich backstory that’s slowly rising to the surface. Writer Nnedi Okorafor has crafted an intricate and captivating world, and artist Tana Ford helps to bring it brilliantly to life with her vivid and detailed artwork. Between the two, I’m completely hooked on this comic. Can’t wait to see what happens next!
Creative Team: Nnedi Okorafor (writer), Tana Ford (artist), James Devlin (colorist), and Sal Cipriano (letterist)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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