Named one of the best graphic novels of the year by Booklist, The AV Club, Comic Book Resources, Complex, and Graphic Novel Reporter! Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole was the 2009 Eisner Award winner for Best Graphic Novel. His new book, Any Empire, is a vivid examination of war and violence, and their trickle-down effects on middle America. First, a group of small-town kids find themselves bound together by geography, boredom, and a string of mysterious turtle mutilations. Years later, with Army tanks rolling through the streets of their hometown, these young adults are forced to confront painful questions of privilege, duty, betrayal, and courage.
Any Empire recalls aimless summers of Nancy Drew and GI Joe, treehouses and army surplus stores… but when fantasy starts to bleed into reality, whose mission will be accomplished?
“The most prodigiously talented graphic novelist of his [generation] … Powell’s exceptional visual-storytelling gift transforms a potentially obvious antiwar parable into a ravishingly beautiful, emotionally resonant, thoughtful, and provocative work of art.” — Booklist (starred review)
“Vivid and imaginative… The timely, innovative storytelling and captivating artwork should particularly appeal to fans of Craig Thompson’s Blankets and David Small’s Stitches. Highly recommended for both adults and young adults.” — Library Journal (starred review)
“At times poignant, at at others surreal, Any Empire is an engaging, never preachy work about childhood, centering on those secret currents that define our youthful rivalries and the games we play.” — MTV Geek
“We’ve all experienced the world’s endless cycle of innocence shattered, and Powell renders it all in lovely chiaroscuro… he crafts memorable and heartfelt characters that linger in the mind and scar the heart.” — Under the Radar
304-page black and white hardcover with color covers
Top Shelf, 2011