LaGuardia by Nnedi Okorafor


From Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award Winner Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death, Binti, Akata series) comes Laguardia. Set in an alternative world where aliens have come to Earth and integrated with society, LaGuardia revolves around a pregnant Nigerian-American doctor, Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka, who has just returned to NYC under mysterious conditions. After smuggling an illegal alien plant named "Letme Live" through LaGuardia International an...

Details LaGuardia

Release DateJul 30th, 2019
PublisherBerger Books
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews LaGuardia

  • Alan
    I first discovered Okorafor with Binti which I loved. She's the first science fiction writer in a long time, all right maybe 10-12 years, who made go I need to start buying more of her books (and will when more of them hit paperback). So, she's writing an original science fiction comic, no problem getting me to sign up. This is a good examination of prejudice, especially in Trump Era America (damn, I cringe just writing that). Aliens have come to...
  • Adam Stone
    The premise of this story is everything I look for in science fiction. It's a futuristic story that spaks clearly about problems we are having now, thus acting as a parable from the future.Okorafor gives us a world where aliens, referred to as florals, who look like plants are a part of our society. Certain racist countries like The United States start to restrict florals or people who have come into contact with florals. or people from countries...
  • Terry
    About 10 months ago I had the good fortune to attend a lecture/presentation by Nnedi Okorafor. She mentioned that her experience at LaGuardia Airport (and other airports) provided some of the impetus for the graphic novel she had just finished work on. So, when it finally arrived at the library last week, it was my obvious choice to read as the graphic novel that I had pledged to read after trying the very short Pemmican Wars. Okorafor makes effe...
  • Elin (annotatedpaperbacks)
    (full review on my blog.)what initially drew me to laguardia was the writer, as nnedi okorafor is someone i’m familiar with from her previous works, especially her binti series. okorafor is an incredible africanfuturist writer, i’m always in awe of her way of writing characters who feel so real and raw, and her talent for creating interesting and believable sci-fi worlds.laguardia is fast paced and captivating, and is not shy about its intent...
  • Maia
    I picked up this review copy from Edelweiss because I loved Okorafor's writing for Shuri. It's not every day that an author can transition from novel-writing to comic-writing so smoothly. LaGuardia did not disappoint. I read it in one sitting.It's obvious from every description and the author's note that this is an allegory about 'America First' immigration policies specifically and racism and fear in America generally. Usually I find that storie...
  • Y.S. Stephen
    There aren't many western publishers pumping out African-based sci-fi or fantasy comic books so I was glad to see Nnedi Okorafor's LaGuardia on my Edelweiss list.The story itself is about aliens who came to earth as refugees and immigrants, contributed to earth's technology, then afterwards ostracised and discriminated against by humans. Thick in the middle of these events are disruptions in relationships, riots, and hidden kindness in unexpected...
  • Adelaide Metzger
    So effing GOOD!!! I read the issues digitally as they were released, but God knows I HAD to preorder and own this in physical form. I cried this time around, you guys!! 😭Nnedi Okorafor can be very adamant and too unforgiving for me on social media (I’m very a much a quiet peacekeeper), but I effing LOVE this woman and the amazing characters and stories she weaves. I’m a hardcore Binti fan and I love this distant prequel and hope with all o...
  • Paul Mirek
    The tired "aliens as Aliens" conceit gets a worthy refresh courtesy of the rich imaginations of Okorafor and Ford. This leisurely paced but affecting miniseries highlights complexities of the immigration question that are often absent from discussions in the West, visually realized in a style that recalls the birth of alternative cartooning in the '60s and '70s. For more on the creators' approach, check out this post by Illogical Volume at mindle...
  • Sean Kottke
    In the 3.5 to 4 range. Great, timely concept, framing today's travel ban and alien issues within the context of true extraterrestrials cross-pollinating (literally) with humans. The artwork is extraordinary. The dialogue is a bit declamatory in the style of writing for young readers or propaganda, and it rushes the story forward at a pace that feels artificial. I would have liked to spend more time lingering in this world, but the urgency of even...
  • Amma
    I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. As usual Okorafor provides historical context for a modern problem in the guise of science fiction. As expected, I enjoyed the story. I wish we could spend more time with the characters like Let Me Live. There are so many questions, but I guess how we readers get hooked.
  • rosalind
    [read as single issues]
  • Martin
    Read all 4 issues of this in one go. It’s terrible that this seems like a totally plausible future based on our current foreign policies.
  • Michelle
    I'm quickly becoming a fan of Nnedi Okorafor. I loved Future and Citizen and Letme Live. The only problem I have with this story is that it is way too short. This would make a great mini-series.
  • Craig
    Interesting, timely exploration of immigration with sci-fi aliens as the recipients of the ban. To me, the art harkens back to some of the underground comics of the 60s, perhaps to highlight the counterculture underpinnings. Overall, though, it felt rushed. Pacing is super important and I feel like this needed one or two more issues to develop the world.