These Comics and Graphic Novels Are Prepping Today’s Youth for Revolution
In one panel from the comic, we see Sera meeting the man who will soon be known as Cesar. As Sera points to a building in the distance, she says, “This neighborhood is what one might call a failed state. In the dawn of the industrial age it was an affluent suburb for auto industry elites, but they’re gone now.”Sera goes on to describe how the group operates amid the failed state and constant surveillance. “We made deals with the corrupt police and local drug lords, carved out an eight-block radius. No cops patrol here, they don’t respond to calls. The immediate perimeter is the drug dens – they hold the line. Next perimeters no-income housing – free rent, free food, free utilities.”
Matt Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan’s new near-future political thriller Young Terrorists hits shelves this week, a striking take on 21st century America and a group of young rebels who want to disrupt it. But what are they fighting for? Find out in an exclusive preview, right here on io9!
We’ve ready the first issue of Young Terrorists, and it’s a thrilling (and occasionally excruciatingly violent) mind trip about some seriously angry anti-heroes. It balances laying out the deeply twisted near-future America—a world where drone surveillance is commonplace, and the populace are entranced by seedy video links of artificially grown clones having sex with each other—with establishing its cast of messed up protagonists, people violently thrust out of the system of mainstream society and left to fend for themselves, fighting back against a world that slighted them.
Without further ado, here’s a brief snippet of what’s to come in Young Terrorists #1:
The special, 80-page-long Young Terrorists #1 is available physically and digitally August 19th.
In November 2005, the first edition of DMZ was released to critical acclaim. Written by Brian Wood, the series is set in the near future, where a second American civil war turned the island of Manhattan into a demilitarized zone, or DMZ. The DMZ is bordered by the remaining forces of the United States of America and secessionist Free States of America.
Another popular book aimed at the youth is Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, which followed four teenagers in San Francisco defending themselves against the Department of Homeland Security. The book does a stellar job of depicting violations of the Bill of Rights and Constitution that take place in our world today. Like Young Terrorists, the book was well received, debuting at No. 9 on the New York Times Best Seller List for children’s chapter books in May 2008.
More recently, we saw the release of The Voluntaryist comic book. According to the book’s website, “Voluntaryist is the tale of a superhuman hero who finds himself pitted against the government as the government tries to enslave humanity once and for all. He is a young man with extraordinary powers created through a chance encounter with cosmic radiation. His personal mission is to rescue his parents from government agents, but that objective is often frustrated with the likes of giant monsters, super-villains, and even the U.S. armed forces.”
The Voluntaryist comic book features issues such as “The Voluntaryists VS The Tsa,” “The Voluntaryists VS Statist Zombies,” and an upcoming issue called “Saving Snowden: The Voluntaryists VS the NSA.” The writers state that the purpose of the book was “to give a sense of what is going on in America and, in addition, to offer the reader inspiration that something can be done to stop the coming dystopian future. It also promotes voluntaryist values in the narrative.”
Each of these comics and novels represents a powerful opportunity to connect with the youth of not only America, but the entire world. I clearly remember the impact that reading Fahrenheit 451 and 1984 had on my young mind. Perhaps by using a popular medium such as comic books and graphic novels, these writers and artists can help shape the next generation of revolutionaries.
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