Originally serialized in SMITH Magazine, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld is a remarkable graphic novel that manages to capture both the raw look of a city attacked by natural forces, but also to reveal the emotions and reactions of people who remained in the city, as well as those who watched from afar. Told from the viewpoint of six New Orleanians, they each experience Hurricane Katrina differently, but ultimately suffer loss. There is Denise, who experiences the pandemonium at the Superdome. Abbas, and his friend Mansell, who live out the storm first within the market that Abbas owns and runs, and then on the roof as the water level rises. The Doctor, who remains in the French Quarter throughout the hurricane, a haven for others, miraculously unscathed. Leo – a comic book collector – and Michelle who leave New Orleans in time, but lose everything they own. And Kwame, a Pastor’s son, who leaves before the storm and has his life irrevocably changed. A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is the next great graphic novel in a growing genre of journalistic or non-fiction graphic novels, that combine words and art to tell incredible stories of real life and real happenings.
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Originally written on June 18th, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.