Monday, June 16, 2008

Book Review: The American Way

I recently finished the graphic novel, The American Way from John Ridley and Georges Jeanty.

This story is a postmodern take on the Cold War, U.S. foreign and domestic policy, and the superhero myth. In a nutshell, the U.S. government has created a group of super heroes to make the population calm. Super battles are faked, actors are hired to play foreign nemesis, and it's just not very exciting. The heroes are getting soft because they never really do anything very heroic, so Bobby Kennedy hires a marketing pro to come in and pump some interest into the super group, called the Civil Defense Corps (CDC).

The marketing pro decides to "create" a black superhero in an attempt to heal some of the racial tensions in the country. His race is revealed too early, causing a split in the CDC between North and South, and things go from bad to worse.

I would recommend this book to anyone who liked Watchmen. It's a fun twist on the usual super man story. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 graphic nipples.

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