A Modern Day Civil War in the Calexit #1 Review
Writer: Matteo Pizzolo
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Colorist: Tyler Boss
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Flatter: Dee Cunniffe
Maps: Richard Nisa
Flags: Robert Anthony Jr.
Production Artist: Philip W. Smith II
Black Mask Studios
Calexit is the story of secession and revolution. It’s a civil war in comic form and in these times, it feels like such an essential read.
California has seceded from the rest of the United States over immigration. There’s Homeland Security troops making the rounds, looking for illegal immigrants. One particular immigrant, Zora, is being hunted by the Homeland Security. The main antagonist is a nasty bit of work and stops at nothing to get his answers. And with those bare bones offered about the story, I was hooked from the get-go.
The art of this comic really grabbed me. Personally, I thought this was one of the better-looking Black Mask Studios books and their books feature some really great art. Some of the pages are busy, but busy in a good way. There’s a lot to take in. I liked most of the characters. A lot of those on the side of Calexit seemed very interesting and I found myself wandering more about them. The main bad guy, though, left me wanting a bit more. This was the same creative team from Young Terrorist, another fine book from Black Mask Studios. This is a great way to do politics in a comic. For me, my favorite character in the entire book was Jamil, who’s a bit of a smuggler, or courier of sorts, in the book. He seemed very realistic to what the book was and he was always placed in some interesting places.
This book features quite a bit of extras. An editorial essay by Calexit writer Matteo Pizzolo. There’s a number of interviews that Pizzolo did in regards to political activism and they are included in this issue and they really add to the experience of this particular comic. This is a big comic and one that I feel really gives you your money’s worth. I know that for me, it wasn’t a quick read and I was able to absorb a lot from the reading. I even liked the maps and what factions would be where. When you look at the quality of the story, the art and the extras that are thrown into this book, you can just tell it’s the next big hit from Black Mask Studios. Don’t miss this one. Highly recommended.