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February 16, 2004


Gizmo Sprocket

How exciting.

Here are some suggestions:

Y: The Last Man- what would happen to the US Government (and, for that matter, other governments) after a simultaneous gender-based extinction event (all male mammals with the exception of our protagonist, Yorick Brown, and his monkey, Ampersand, are wiped out. Very well written and paints an interesting hypothetical picture.

Ultimates book 1: Superhuman and book 2: Homeland Security. This is part of Marvel's Ultimates line of stories that introduces the super-team of "The Avengers." In this version, the US Sponsored super-team has a rich texture of characters with very real problems, despite the fantasy they occupy. Erie echoes of current US national policy...

Gizmo Sprocket

One more!

Frank Miller had a trilogy set of trades called the Martha Washington saga... these books (Give me liberty, Martha Washington Goes to War, and Martha Washington Saves the World) portray a near-future where a religious right has taken over and set policy for 20 years...

Just in- Miller is having a busy year- with his Spirit Movie in the works (he is writing and directing) he is also releasing a 4th book in the Martha Washington series: Martha Washington Dies.

John Mortell

Not sure how 'available' this will be for you but 'Savage' published by Rebellion/2000ad - possibly one of the most political comics out there. Its 'hero', Bill Savage is a member of the British resitance in the year 2007 after Britain is taken over by the Russians. Its meant to be read as America in Iraq except your rooting for the terrorist/freedom fighter.

The Drifter

How about Skreemer, by Peter Milligan?

Franco Stagni

You may want to check out The Invisibles and The Filth, both by Grant Morrison.

Josh Diaz

It's not as directly a 'comic book', but there's a comic-illustrated version of the 9/11 commission report (or rather, an illustrated set of excerpts).

amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0809057387/sr=1-1/qid=1156268238/ref=sr_1_1/002-4009487-9801630?ie=UTF8&s=books

slate serialization:

cheers and good luck!


Apparently some portion of Ellis' readership isn't sophisticated enough to note the three year old date on the original post. Great suggestions for a class that happened three years ago.

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