Americatown #1

Americatown #1

Writer: Larry Cohen, Bradford Winters Artist: Daniel Irizarri Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: August 12, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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What's to Love: Part social commentary, part family drama, Americatown asks: What if the American Dream were no longer possible? In their inaugural comic series, screenwriters Bradford Winters (Oz, Boss, Kings) and Larry Cohen (Phone Booth, Cellular), give us a story great for fans of Transmetropolitan, Hacktivist, and the TV show Black Mirror.
What It Is: After an economic collapse, Americans are illegally emigrating to other countries to find work, creating "Americatowns" wherever they go. Owen has a difficult time trying to sneak back into Buenos Aires in Argentina to rejoin his family; his struggle is just a small part of the hardships and conflicting agendas in an immigrant community trying to build itself in the shadow of a once great nation.

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 11, 2015

    Just enough information is given for readers to understand what's going on, and enough information is held back to make you want to find out more as to what's going on too. The first issue blew me away. I can't wait to see where the series goes and how it tackles such a heated topic.A brilliant example of social commentary in an entertaining package. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Aug 10, 2015

    This isn’t a fun book to read in your spare time because you’re bored. This is a book to sit down with when you’ve got no other work to do, because it’ll make you think really hard about not only the situation in the book itself, but the concept of immigration as a whole. It’s a really serious book filled with tons of tension. You can’t afford to miss out on this coolness, so pick it up, and give it a read! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Russell Troxel Aug 14, 2015

    With the current political situation in America,Americatown is likely going to be getting a fair bit of attention as it turns the situation on its head, showing readers what it's like to be an illegal immigrant, escaping to try and find a better life in a foreign country. The first issue isn't exactly eventful, but it sets the stage for a very interesting and important story to unfold in the months to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Daniel Pearson Aug 13, 2015

    A hard hitting but poorly executed start. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Aug 11, 2015

    Americatown is an incredibly important story, and a one that is told at a cracking pace, but it doesn't always orient the reader in the process of world-building. For example, one never really gets a sense of the importance of the titular townships, how far the problem has spread or even enough information to fully comprehend the refugee's plight. Even the cliffhanger feels as though there was an intended significance that simply doesn't translate to the reader. So the trade-off between rapid-fire activity and exposition means the latter sometimes comes off second-best, but that's all the more reason to stick around and see how this turns out. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    We The Nerdy - Chris White Aug 13, 2015

    Americatown #1 certainly has the space to grow, but for me, it just didnt grab me. I couldnt enjoy the artwork and the storys concept was trying to be cleverer than it actually is. Read Full Review

  • 4.9
    Multiversity Comics - Kevin McConnell Aug 14, 2015

    There simply was not enough of a hook in issue #1 to give me incentive to continue. I do have the feeling of this being an excellent trade read since getting it all in one shot might prove to be more fruitful. The nature of monthly comics does not allow for a non-sequitur you have to have a hook to keep readers coming back. "Americatown" has a very cool and timely premise but little else to justify waiting month to month. Winters & Cohen are screenwriters by trade and if this were their pilot episode I would be hard pressed to give a reason why it should make it to a series order. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Austin Lanari Aug 12, 2015

    I can't in good conscience sit and read a story that hypothetically asks “in the future, what if this was us?” when the subject matter–the animus, the racism, the violence, the death, the squalor, the unfairness–when all of this shit isreal, I can't sit and enjoy some futuristic Think Piece about immigration that uses such an imposing, soul-crushing problem as a foundation to make people with brown skin the bad guys. That's fucked. Read Full Review

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