Dark Horse Comics has announced the latest addition to their Berger Books imprint. LaGuardia is a four-issue miniseries created by fantasy and science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor and artist Tana Ford. The series follows a Nigerian-American woman named Future as she navigates a society in which aliens live among humans on Earth. A smuggled alien plant and strange complications related to her pregnancy are just some of the challenges Future will face.
Nnedi Okorafor has won multiple awards in the sci-fi and fantasy space, including both a Hugo and a Nebula Award for the novella Binti. She has also recently published her first comics work in an issue of Marvel’s Black Panther & The Crew, which was illustrated by LaGuardia artist Ford. Ford is best known for her work on Marvel’s Silk, as well as for work on Gwenpool, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Jem and the Holograms. The miniseries, the sixth title published as part of Karen Berger’s Berger Books imprint, will be both creators’ first works for Dark Horse Comics.
The cover for the first issue, as well as the full press release with more details about what to expect from the series, are below. LaGuardia #1 lands in shops in October.
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (June 6, 2018)—From Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor and critically acclaimed illustrator Tana Ford comes LaGuardia. This new four-issue miniseries is the latest addition to the second wave of titles in the Berger Books imprint at Dark Horse. LaGuardia reunites Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death, Binti, Akata) and Tana Ford (Silk, Duck!), the powerhouse creative team behind Marvel’s Black Panther: Long Live the King #6.
Set in an alternative world where aliens have come to Earth and integrated with society, LaGuardia revolves around a pregnant Nigerian-American doctor, Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka who has just returned to NYC under mysterious conditions. After smuggling an illegal alien plant named “Letme Live” through LaGuardia International and Interstellar Airport’s customs and security, she arrives at her grandmother’s tenement, the New Hope Apartments in the South Bronx.
There, she and Letme become part of a growing population of mostly African and shape-shifting alien immigrants, battling against interrogation, discrimination and travel bans, as they try to make it in a new land. But, as the birth of her child nears, Future begins to change in more ways than one. What dark secret is she hiding?
The first issue of LaGuardia goes on sale October 31, 2018, and will soon be available for preorder at your local comic shop for $4.99.
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