Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for an November 2020 release.
Created by Abraham Martínez
2051.The world’s largest company, The Company, has seized power on a planetary scale and runs the world as if it were a business.
In a plutocracy, the richer one is, the more powerful one is. The elections have been replaced by general shareholders’ meetings where the votes are linked to the number of shares owned by citizens. Government is made up of those who own the most shares and it is the laws of the market that govern everything, creating a strange political system.
In this context, an anonymous citizen becomes compelled to uncover how the world came to this situation, without paying any attention to the official version. Without knowing very well why, several members of the government end up encouraging him to carry out this investigation which apparently goes against their interests, by giving him access to all the information. From then on, he decides to pursue two objectives: to discover the true history of The Company and to try to understand what are the various interests that are trying to influence his investigation. The truth behind this power and uncovering it can be frightening but he is determined and has little to lose.
At a time when it seems more and more natural that wealthy people such as Silvio Berlusconi or Donald Trump come to political power, this graphic novel envisions the possibility that, in the near future, the world will be governed by a plutocratic system in which it will go without saying that politics and wealth go hand in hand.
6×9, 144pp., full color HC, $24.99; HC ISBN 9781681122687; DIAMOND CODE: SEP201343
GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER
Created by Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation
An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Gh managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence.
After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.
6×9, 128pp., Black &White, trade paperback., US $12.99; PB ISBN: 9781561639489; SEP201345
Created by Ted Rall
Move forward two decades. See the world as the giant media moguls and software companies have become our new big brothers. They want the best for us. They know what’s best for us. And maybe we don’t always know so well.
Ted ‘I-need-more-enemies’ Rall updates 1984 in a scathing look at where we could be headed; and this is all Rall, no holes barred, no prisoners. His best and most chillingly funny work yet!
6×9, 96 pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover: $16.95; HC ISBN 156163279151695; DIAMOND CODE:SEP201344