- “Americatown” by Bradford Winters and Larry Cohen
- Read as an ebook on Comixology.
- 4/5 stars
- Finished July 2, 2017
What’s to Love: Part social commentary, part family drama, Americatown asks: What if the American Dream gave way to the American Nightmare? In their inaugural comic series, screenwriters Bradford Winters (Oz, Boss, The Americans) and Larry Cohen (Netflix’s Borgia), give us a story great for fans of Transmetropolitan, Children of Men, and the TV show Black Mirror.
What It Is: After an economic collapse and other disasters in the near future, Americans are now the legal and illegal immigrants living abroad. They find work in cities like Buenos Aires, where their very own enclave known as “Americatown” has taken root. Owen, a recent arrival, begins a journey to support and save his splintered family divided between the enclave and home back in the U.S. His struggle is just a small part of the hardships and conflicting agendas in an immigrant community trying to build itself in the shadow of a once great nation.
This was recommended on one of the many bookish podcasts I listen to and I’m so glad I decided to chance it. I’ve been let down by comics who try to breech big subjects like this in the past (see The Tithe), but this hasn’t let me down.
The premise is that Americans now, are the undocumented immigrants. We don’t really know why, or what’s happened to cause this yet, but we do know that undocumented Americans are flocking to Argentina for a chance at a better life.
I really loved the art in this, and, although some might say heavy handed, the way it forces you to really examine undocumented immigration, and those people who are in the US currently as undocumented immigrants, and what they had to go through. I found the story super intriguing, and will absolutely be continuing on. I highly recommend!
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