cover image LaGuardia


Nnedi Okorafor, Tana Ford, and James Devlin. Dark Horse/Berger, $19.99 (136p) ISBN 978-1-5067-1075-4

The Trump administration’s travel ban gets incisive sci-fi treatment in Hugo and Nebula award–winning author Okorafor’s tale of extraterrestrial immigrants. In a near-future New York, a Nigerian-American doctor named Future has a baby on the way whose parentage is “complicated.” She flees strife in Lagos and lands at LaGuardia smuggling an “illegal” refugee in her bag—a sentient universe-traveling plant whose species was wiped out by genocide. It names itself Letme Live and takes root in the yard of Future’s grandmother’s building. Later, Future returns to the airport to join massive protests, which include sides both for and against strict new immigration laws that ban aliens and human citizens of certain countries (who are suspected of having alien blood) from traveling to America. The political-is-personal narrative, wittily illustrated by Ford with vivid colors by Devlin, mixes playful contemporary references with the Afrofuturistic inspiration of Octavia Butler. “Aliens are people too,” reads a banner clutched by a four-armed blobby creature; another proclaims “Octavia warned us.” The aliens arrive in all shapes and sizes, and bring new biotechnologies, but struggle to coexist in peace. Like the best sci-fi, the storytelling speaks to the heart of current debates, as Future and her growing family fight to create a world—or even just find an apartment—where they can all survive (July)