Some stories hit…really close to home (American Carnage #1 Comic Review)

American Carnage #1

 

Written By: Bryan Edward Hill

Art By: Leandro Fernadez

Cover By: Ben Oliver

Variant Cover By: Rafael Albuquerque

The world is a screwed up place. We have a president that has no business being in the position he is. Racism should have been annihilated from the human consciousness long ago but somehow still exists. And both of those 2 things seem to make the world darker every day as people are killed, harmed, or are in constant fear of both. American Carnage shows the world outside our own door. And not everyone’s gonna like that.

The Breakdown:

 

After biracial FBI agent Richard Wright makes a mistake he will forever regret, he is the perfect candidate to go insane the forces of…well a candidate running for office that seems to be employing a white supremacist group…A black man able to pass as white, Wright sees this as a job as a private investigator employed by a once fellow FBI agent, but it can also be his redemption if he can survive.

 

 

Opinions & Such:

Okay so this one his home for me. Growing up, like Richard, half black and half white, it definitely gave me the privilege that a whole chunk of my family had. When I was asked to help campaign for a Republican judge, I was the good token boy who talked “right” and was seen as one that wouldn’t cause trouble. It showed me real quick the world portrayed in this book. Bryan Hill does an amazing job telling this story of a woman, Agent Shiela Curry, who loses her partner to then going to the only option to bring the people who killed him to justice. While also showing the struggle Richard goes through after killing one of his own people and losing everything, only to go into the bowels of hate and be a person he isn’t. It’s powerful. It’s truth brought to the people.

The art by Leandro Fernadez gives this book a very Dark Knight Rises/Watchmen feel. What I mean by that is while some of the expressions are exaggerated, the art fits the political subject matter and can in some ways show fear in the way many of us imagine it to truly be. It even does 9-panel layouts, I love it. Hill and Fernadez work well off one another to tell this impactful story.

 

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James Portis

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Founder of Shoot The Breeze Comics. Co-Host of the comic book news podcast Panel To Panel. A longtime comic book, video game, and anime nerd. Favorite Superhero is Aquaman...Fight Me
Summary
American Carnage quiet frankly is our real world. It is America in it's truest form. Like previously stated many won't be okay with that truth. But Hill and Fernadez give it to you. I implore everyone who wants a well told and well-drawn story of that truth to pick up this book at your local comic book shop. Because it's more than a good read. It's a needed read for all
Good
  • Perfectly Handled Rough Subject Matter
  • Impactful Narrative
  • Well Drawn Art
9.3
Amazing
Story - 9.5
Art - 9
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Founder of Shoot The Breeze Comics. Co-Host of the comic book news podcast Panel To Panel. A longtime comic book, video game, and anime nerd. Favorite Superhero is Aquaman...Fight Me

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