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The American Way Trade to Be Released on February 7th

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Postby LOLtron » Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:50 pm

From the press release:Critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter John Ridley (Three Kings, Everybody Smokes in Hell) combines his talent for compelling storytelling with his uncanny political insight in the thrilling graphic novel The American Way, to be published by WildStorm on February 7. The novel, originally released as a series of eight comics in 2006, [...]
ImageFrom the press release:Critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter John Ridley (Three Kings, Everybody Smokes in Hell) combines his talent for compelling storytelling with his uncanny political insight in the thrilling graphic novel The American Way, to be published by WildStorm on February 7. The novel, originally released as a series of eight comics in 2006, features the art of Georges Jeanty and Karl Story. It was one of the best-reviewed series of last year and earned a loyal following.

Ridley describes The American Way as, “a semi-historical graphic novel, a blend of fact, fiction and super-heroics. The story is set in America in 1961 and is about a group of superheroes—the Civil Defense Corps—brought together by the government to make the citizens feel safe and secure.” The author further explains, “the heroes fight aliens and super-villains, but it’s basically a show put on as a form of seemingly benign propaganda. The story is told largely from the point of view of a young ad man, Wes, who’s brought in by the Kennedys to help sell the legend of the CDC to America. The story really takes off when one of the heroes dies of a heart attack and Wes’s big idea is to add a new hero to the team - a black guy. The idea being that if there’s a black hero the country can look up to, it’ll help quell racial tensions. Of course, the question is: is America in 1961 ready for a black man with superpowers? It’s a version of the question that’s currently being repeated: is America ready for a black man in the presidency? The American Way might be set in 1961, but the issues are as relevant as our calendar is new.”To discuss.

Posted originally: 2007-01-27 23:50:14

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