CALEXIT Vol. 1 By Matteo Pizzolo & Amancay Nahuelpan
Black Mask Studios
"A brilliant piece of political fiction."-The Mary Sue
"Thought-provoking and highly recommended."-Publishers Weekly(starred review) "Really spectacular."-Entertainment Weekly
What if California refused to be ruled?
From the creators of Young Terrorists, Matteo Pizzolo (Godkiller) and Amancay Nahuelpan (Clandestino), comes this tale of resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.
In CALEXIT, the citizens of California struggle to seize power back from an autocratic government.
Jamil, a 25 year old courier (aka smuggler), and Zora, a 27-year old leader in the Mulholland Resistance, attempt to escape Occupied Los Angeles, where martial law has been in place for the past year -- ever since America's demagogue President signed an executive order to deport all immigrants, and California responded by proclaiming itself a Sanctuary State.
"CALEXIT may sound a bit on the nose. After all, it's a tale about the establishment of a breakaway Californian republic in the wake of a presidency not too dissimilar from our current one. But trust me, it works. There are no easy gags about Californians, no silly jabs at Trumpism, and no over-the-top satire of our current state of decline. Instead, the creators have opted to tell a terrifyingly straightforward suspense story about the intrigues and crackdowns that ensue when governments decay and societies rot. The scariest thing about CALEXIT is how lived-in it feels - after all, every dystopia is just an accurate description of how things are for other people somewhere in the world, and this story just reminds us that we're always a hair's breadth away from the very bad things that we assume only happen in failed states."-Vulture
"CALEXIT is the new face of resistance in comics, elbowing past incumbents and upstarts alike by prioritizing precision, clarity, and empathy over sound and fury." -Comicosity(10 out of 10 review)
"Far from a grim portrait of a country under siege... a hopeful and optimistic message about people and their relationship to political power."-The New York Times
"CALEXIT is a book that hits your brain like a slug to the chest. You finish it and your ears get a little hot."-Newsarama (10 out of 10 review)