NYCC 11 – Review – American Terrorist Chapter 1 and 2

Leading up to New York Comic Con, writer Tyler Chin-Tanner was nice enough to hook me up with the first seven issues if his debuting series, American Terrorist.  I’ve gotten through the first two and can’t wait to read the rest.

The comic follows a newspaper reporter whose life spirals out of control as the stories he follows gets him watched by the FBI and eventually branded a terrorist.  The comic isn’t exactly what I thought it’d be, which was a focus on a domestic terrorist and their motivation, instead it’s a comedy of errors that gets Owen Graham into trouble.

Much like thousands of Americans, he unjustly is identified and branded a person of interest.  All he’s been doing is his job, which is a reporter.  This leads to an overzealous FBI agent chasing him across the country and a conflict at the end of the second issue that is best to not give away.

But the main focus of the series, so far is how three innocent individuals are wrongly identified and branded as terrorists.  They all happen into this in their own way, two through their job, one through mental issues.  It’s a great statement as to where we as Americans are and a solid reminder that we’re all a simple mistake away from being watched and branded an enemy of the state.

Story: Tyler and Wendy Chin-Tanner Art: Andy MacDonald Publisher: Wave Blue World

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Wave Blue World provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review