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Road to America

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Baru
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly

Commentary

A heady brew of history, politics, and violence, Baru's ROAD TO AMERICA brings a decidedly European sophistication to a fairly forthright story. In Algeria during the 1950's, a young boxer finds himself and his career ascendancy caught in the middle of France's last bloody gasp of colonialism. Terror creeps down the streets and from out of the cafes of Phillipeville; Said Boudiaf, our up and coming fighter, is losing his own battle to remain apolitical through it all. His brother sides with the Algerian nationalists, riots and racial violence erupt on the streets, and Said's star ascends while Algeria seems to tear apart at the seams.

More than just a morality tale, a warning against hubris, or simple political fable, ROAD TO AMERICA is a stirring and smart story of a barbaric time not so long in our past. A deft acceleration of story parallels Said's rise with sanity's fall in the streets of his homeland, with it's magnet pull seemingly pulling him back for every step he fights to take forward. Gorgeously painted with ink and watercolor in Baru's manic yet terse style, ROAD TO AMERICA is a graphic album that's as profound to hold and consider, as it is to read.

-- Matt Fraction

 
Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.

 


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