Friday, February 04, 2022

Reader's Diary #2282 - Lilliam Rivera (writer), Steph C. (artist): Unearthed A Jessica Cruz Story

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story by Lilliam Rivera and Steph C., is an odd one. 

Jessica Cruz, as DC Comics readers may know, is a superhero who spent some time as both a Yellow Lantern and a Green Lantern. 

But none of this is mentioned in the story. In fact, though it's published by DC Comics, there's nothing about superheroes at all. It's, for all intents and purposes, a literary comic about undocumented immigrants. As that, it's wonderful! But if you were just a superhero fan, I imagine this was disappointing.

Not knowing anything anything about the character myself, I'd picked it up to learn about her and up until about three quarters of the way through, I thought it was an origin story and by the end we'd see her get her powers. Nope! 

Still, as I said, as a literary comic it's quite good with an emotional heft, complex characters and situations, and unique art (which also didn't look anything like typical superhero fare). 

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