Calexit #1
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Calexit #1

Writer: Matt Pizzolo Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: July 12, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 11
9.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1...a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California's LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled? From the creators of YOUNG TERRORISTS, Matteo Pizzolo (GODKILLER) and Amancay Nahuelpan (CLANDESTINO), c more

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Aug 5, 2017

    'Calexit' is smart, funny, and electric. The politics only lay the groundwork for a fully realized dystopia that seems closer than we think. The graphic violence and shady characters make this more an action movie than a political thriller but there are layers upon layers within the story. It never ceases to surprise with wit and sly social commentary. Oh, and it's entertaining as hell too. 'Calexit' is a book that captures our times and holds up a funhouse mirror of horrors to it. This is timely and a must-read.  Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Vronique Emma Houxbois Jul 10, 2017

    Calexit is the new face of resistance in comics, elbowing past incumbents and upstarts alike by prioritizing precision, clarity, and empathy over sound and fury. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 12, 2017

    Calexit is a triumph not just because the craft and the storytelling is good, but because by the end of it, it asks "so what are you gonna do?" Moments like this never last. Books like this don't either. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 5, 2017

    Comics are meant to be entertaining. The fact that top notch creators such as Matteo Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan, along with Briggs Land creators Brian Wood and Mack Chater, can weave the political fallout of secession and present a different version of the United States into engaging books that can challenge a readers perception, is one of the great flexibilities of comic books. Not everything has to revolve around the cape and cowl crowd. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jul 12, 2017

    Even though it's set in a dystopia,Calexithas its triumphant moments. It's a hopeful comic, not a defeatist one as proud as the logo of the Mulholland Resistance that seriously needs to be made into a laptop sticker or T-shirt.Itis meticulously crafted in worldbuilding, background art, and color choices by Matteo Pizzolo, Amancay Nahuelpan, and Tyler Boss and is a comic that pokes fun at summer blockbusters while having many “Viva la Resistance” kind of moments and directly opposing Trump's cool regime and terrible treatment of anyone who isn't a rich, Christian white man. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathburn Jul 10, 2017

    When you look at the quality of the story, the art and the extras that are thrown into this book, you can just tell it's the next big hit from Black Mask Studios. Don't miss this one. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Jul 13, 2017

    Thoroughly entertaining, fully engaging and entirely relevant. Calexit is an important book that never lets the politics overwhelm the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Jul 13, 2017

    Calexit is signature Black Mask; a meticulously structured and shrewdly patient rebel yell of defiance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Lucas Sep 8, 2017

    Calexit is a timely, important story. Balancing striking political commentary, catharsis, action, world building, and character; all with an excellent art style. I can't wait to see what happens next in this immediately gripping story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jul 13, 2017

    An oversized issue rich with story, Calexit comes out swinging, and it's commendable that it throws so many punches and pulls none of them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - John McCubbin Jul 13, 2017

    Calexit #1 is an outstanding opening chapter for this new series, with the creative team delivering a gritty narrative that feels refreshingly realistic. Throughout this we get some wonderful character building, as well as some exciting twists, giving us plenty of reasons to return for more. Lets just hope we don't have to wait as long between issues as we have with Young Terrorists. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jul 11, 2017

    If Calexit isn't the first piece of sequential art to be created in response to the growing tide of disinformation, violence, and disquiet around the world, it's certainly the loudest. And wouldn't you know it? It's pretty funny too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Jul 12, 2017

    A political heavy series that uses modern day elements to create an interesting read but doesn't exclude reader based on orientation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Jul 12, 2017

    I know there are going to be some people who never give this book a chance because of the political undertones " because of their own political beliefs. These are people that are happy to read the same stories over and over again and never be challenged. But fuck that. That's boring. Give me new ideas and new stories any day over the same old superhero shit. Give me a book the presents different ideas. Black Mask Studios has been a hit or miss publisher for me in the past. But this seems to be the year they turn that around. With first The Dregs and now Calexit, they have my full an undivided attention. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jul 17, 2017

    Ultimately, the character in which I was most interested was this vision of a broken America. I wanted a lot more information on the socio-political and militaristic characters of this alt-scape. There wasn't a whole lot of that information forthcoming, and what little we did get posed more questions than answers. My hope is the creators take time in coming issues to fully explore this world as they explore these characters. My reason is this: as an outsider looking in at America, this sort of division and violence seems all-too plausible. Comics are usually a form of escapism, but this cautionary tale potentially offers people a way to escape such a depressing fate. Read Full Review

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