Review: Made in America: The FBI Files of Malcolm X #5


When it comes to the mistrust of government, it feels as though right now is when most revolutionaries call “nation time”. It is no longer a small sect of people who don’t trust the government but almost a worldwide feeling. What has gone for years, almost a century, for marginalization has come to ahead. As the narratives surrounding the Black Lives Movement, become louder and even more difficult to ignore, those who came before will tell you nothing is new.

Those in power have always sought to hold onto it and deny those not born into it entry. It becomes more insidious when they are part of your government. One such shadowy figure is J. Edgar Hoover who was a villain in the public eye for many years.  In the fifth issue of Made in America: The FBI Files of Malcolm X, we find out his fight against those who hold court in Black America.

We’re taken to 1920, shortly after an assassination attempt by a disgruntled district attorney’s efforts failed against Marcus Garvey left the assassin dead, and strengthened the UNIA. As his power became immense, so did the FBI’s probe into his organization’s actions, leading Hoover to plant several agents undercover and to bring Garvey up on trumped-up charges. As it would leave Black people in America not only hopeless but listless. By issue’s end, Malcolm X relates how despair sets in shortly after Garvey was disavowed by the Balck community and how the KKK came to rise, in his own backyard.

Overall, an exciting issue which shows how America devalues its Black citizens. The story by Wayne Muhammad is stirring and cerebral. The art by the creative team is astounding. Altogether, an issue which shows the irrational fear of a Black man in power can cause people do crazy things.

Story : Wayne Muhammad Art: Wayne Muhammad, Wayne Powell, Martin Griffiths, and Benjamin Wachenji
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy