On Wednesday, BOOM! Studios revealed a first look at Big Black: Stand At Attica, a historical graphic novel written by Frank “Big Black” Smith and illustrated by Améziane, with letters by AndWorld Design. Slated to hit stores later this month, the book takes an unflinching look at the 1971 Attica State Prison riot. And for the first time, the story is being told by Smith, who was at the center of it all.

Here’s the synopsis:

In the summer of 1971, New York’s Attica State Prison was a symbol of everything broken in America – prisoner abuse, rampant racism and a blind eye turned towards the injustices perpetrated on the powerless. But when the guards at Attica overreacted to a minor incident, the prisoners decided they’d had enough – and revolted against their jailers, taking them hostage and making demands for humane conditions.

A natural leader, Frank “Big Black” Smith found himself at the center of this uprising, struggling to protect hostages, prisoners and negotiators alike. But when the only avenue for justice seemed to be negotiating with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Big Black soon discovered that a peaceful resolution for the prisoners in Attica was unattainable.

Big Black: Stand At Attica will be available at your local comic shop on Wednesday, February 12, and at your local bookstore or online on Tuesday, February 18. See the extended preview below and be sure to pre-order or pick up a copy when the book hits shelves next week. For more, visit boom-studios.com.

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