Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Victor LaValle's Destroyer

Victor LaValle's Destroyer by Victor LaValle, art by Dietrich Smith, 160 pages

As a brilliant scientist and descendant of Victor Frankenstein, Dr. Josephine Baker has a bit of a legacy. Fortunately for her, she's chosen to embrace her ancestor's ideas, and use nanobots to expand upon his vision of creating immortality through scientific advances. And it seems that she has, at least to a degree, succeeded where Dr. Frankenstein failed, reanimating the body of her young son. This is a powerful and wonderful graphic novel that, yes, builds on the story of Frankenstein and his monster, but uses it to shine a light on the spate of young black men who have been (and continue to be) killed by police officers. This was a truly excellent book, and I highly recommend it, particularly to those it will rankle.

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