Right State

Right State

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by Mat Johnson, Andrea Mutti
     
 

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Just in time for the fall election, this race-against-time political thriller follows an ex Special Forces commando who goes undercover with a militia group that's plotting to assassinate the second African-American President of the U.S.

In the week leading up to a major campaign speech, the Secret Service discovers that an extremist militia group is plotting to

Overview

Just in time for the fall election, this race-against-time political thriller follows an ex Special Forces commando who goes undercover with a militia group that's plotting to assassinate the second African-American President of the U.S.

In the week leading up to a major campaign speech, the Secret Service discovers that an extremist militia group is plotting to assassinate America's second African American President. The best chance to advert this crisis is to infiltrate the group using an ex-Special Forces war hero turned conservative media pundit named Ted Akers. While Aker's politics make him a hero to the right-wing fringe and no friend to the current Administration, he takes the assignment and what follows is an adrenaline fueled race against time to stop a President from dying and a country from being ripped apart.

An original graphic novel by Mat Johnson (INCOGNEGRO, DARK RAIN) and Andrea Mutti.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The second African American U.S. President is campaigning for reelection while facing threats from an expanding citizen militia movement. In an eleventh hour attempt to sleuth out a suspected assassination plot, a Muslim FBI agent recruits a conservative newscaster and ex-Special Forces commando to go mole into the movement, he being a revered spokesman for veterans whose sympathies run pro-militia already. Conflicting loyalties complicate matters for the newscaster, as do the grimy, nail-biting challenges involved in spying on the very human would-be (perhaps) assassins. This political thriller features realistic sepia-toned art. Older teens and adults.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In the not too distant future, Ted Akers is an opinionated television personality and political correspondent who is approached for a mission to infiltrate a local militia. Akers isn't a soldier, but he believes in an America that he thinks no longer exists. He sympathizes with the ideals of the Roots of Liberty, the group led by former marine Ezekiel Dutton, but he can't support their actions. When Dutton plans to assassinate someone important in Washington, DC, Akers springs into action to uncover a complicated web of conspiracy and hopefully stop him before anyone gets killed. This graphic novel tries too hard to have witty, intriguing dialogue masquerade as political commentary. The members of the Roots of Liberty all have their reasons for joining the group, but none of them makes much sense beyond a blind, irrational hatred for anyone who is different. Even Akers is a borderline racist who often blurts out hateful anti-Muslin sentiments to Asif, his government handler. While Mutti's black-and-white art helps move the story along, it is unfortunate that the panels stop the immediacy of the inevitable climax. The art is the only thing, though, that helps readers differentiate a diverse cast of characters who may often be confused for one another. Many teens might not make it all the way through this one.—Ryan P. Donovan, New York Public Library
From the Publisher
Praise for DARK RAIN: A NEW ORLEANS STORY -

"A fine heist story."—Booklist
"Funny and moving."—The Huffington Post
"Compelling. Intriguing...a newperspective on the details of the disaster."—The New Orleans Times-Picayune

Praise for INCOGNEGRO -

"[An] engrossing graphic novel, with its smart dialogue and sharp images."—The New York Times
"Smart and fast-paced."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401229436
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
08/14/2012
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Mat Johnson's first novel, Drop, was a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection. His second novel, Hunting in Harlem, won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Most recently, he wrote the novel Pym (Spiegel & Grau). He has written for a variety of publications, including a stint as a columnist for Time Out New York. Johnson currently teaches at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Johnson is also the author of the Vertigo graphic novels DARK RAIN: A NEW ORLEANS STORY, INCOGNEGRO and JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER: PAPA MIDNIGHT.

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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
If you ever wanted to see an extreme exaggeration of left and right wing politics in graphic novel form, this is for you. If you like good writing this is not for you. Sadly, that harsh statement is true. Author Mat Johnson shows just how ugly politics to the extreme could be but in such a comically ridiculous way that its impossible to take the story serious. Every character was a stereotype and it was appallingly bad. The art by Andrea Mutti was good but there was nothing that could save the dreadful story. Skip it.