Americatown #1

In a dystopian future where a series of disasters has reduced the United States to ruin, residents must immigrate to other nations to attempt to find work.  Americatown is a social commentary, in the keeping of Grapes of Wrath that depicts one family’s struggle in a world that has been turned upside down.  The lead character is Owen, a recent illegal immigrant from Philadelphia to Buenos Aires.  The smugglers were bad enough but when the police raid the safehouse where they are staying, Owen’s troubles are only beginning.  How will he bring his family back together while on the run?

I would love to sing the praises about this book, but I can’t find much redeeming in it.  The one innovative thing is that no one to my knowledge has ever attempted to tell this kind of story in comic format.  Beyond that, the story drags a bit and for the first half of issue one, it’s not entirely clear whether this is in the future or the present.  The story progresses in frenetic stops and starts.  The saving grace of the writing is that the dialogue which, for the most part is very good.  The downside, and it’s a huge one, is that the the market is flooded with dystopian dramas of one or more characters trying to find their way out of chaos.  Americatown will need to do something to set itself apart from the flood.

Daniel Irizarri’s art is probably my least favorite part of the comic.  He manages only passably in my opinion to tell the story he’s given by the writer.  Most panels convey action badly.  The colors are consistent throughout, failing to really transition from one location to another.  Given that this is primarily a drama, this comic needs an artist that can pull off really good facial features and Irizarri just didn’t deliver.  Not to be too dismissive, the artwork was adequate throughout to convey the story, but it failed to stand out and truly hammer home the despair of the refugees.

For more information about Americatown or how to get your copies visit BOOM! Studios.  BOOM! Studios

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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