Tom Mayer, the most excellent editor of my next project, Brooke Gladstone’s The Influencing Machine, was kind enough to send over a little item he spotted in the latest issue of Giant Robot: a plug for A.D.!
Josh Neufeld has shared stories from Hurricane Katrina in blog and zine formats, but this hardcover comic is the most extensive and ambitious presentation so far. Although the story is sprawling and the tone is dark, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is a quick read with engaging artwork, likable characters, and honest dialogue. While most readers will recall the news footage of flooded neighborhoods and displaced victims at the Superdome, Neufeld does an excellent job of putting more detailed faces on the victims in a way that’s engaging without being patronizing or melodramatic. From desperate parents trying to protect their children to a comic-book collector saying goodbye to his collection, there are plenty of touching scenes in this ultimately positive recounting of the tragic event.