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, Graphic Novels, Comics, Science Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews LaGuardia

  • Chad
    The first book in the Berger Books line I've found worth reading. Okorafor is the up and coming Sci-Fi writer who wrote Binti. Here she writes about a future America who is instituting a travel ban from certain countries, this time with aliens in the mix. I would have liked to see some more world building here because there's no reason given for the ban. We are left to assume it's for the same xenophobic reasons as the current ban. Future is a Ni...
  • 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...
  • Lata
    Loved this story about immigration, tolerance and intolerance, family, both biological and found, and kindness. Loved the artwork, too, for its exuberance and beauty.
  • Rod Brown
    Okorafor uses speculative fiction and extraterrestrials to take on present day U.S. travel bans and immigration issues. The storyline is a little loopy but stays fun while landing its points well. Countries thrive when they leave themselves open to a constant infusion of new blood and ideas.
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth A
    Sci-fi tales often take on the issues of their times, and this one takes on the current US immigration and travel ban policies head on.Aliens, of the extraterrestrial kind, have arrived on Earth and integrated well in most places. Countries that welcomed them have flourished, while those that didn't, well ... didn't do as well. This is a bizarre story with wonderful art that tackles issues of who belongs and who doesn't, and who decides. There ar...
  • Kristi
    Solid and definitely par for the course for Nnedi Okorafor's work. Great writing and inspired alien art.
  • Kari
    did i completely understand what was going on? nowas is completely invested in the story? YES!the metaphors and how connected it was to today's political climate and state of the world was so smart and this idea was weird and fresh.i mean, i have A LOT of questions but this story was good and easy to follow for the most part.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    I didn't realize this was set in the same world as Lagoon! Really interesting look at immigration, xenophobia, and racism--not just as metaphor, but interwoven with existing prejudices. Okorafor presents a future that is hopeful while dealing with the struggles we have now. I appreciated the complexity in characters like Citizen or the inter-Floral wars. I hope Okorafor does more comics in the future!
  • Danny Hicks
    I'm giving this a 4, but I want to give it a 3. I feel like the groundwork has been laid for a great series if it just keeps going.
  • Sravani
    I started and finished LaGuardia within an hour! Using science fiction and incredible visual sketches to tackle contemporary issues like immigration and travel bans and the universal themes of alienation, home, and belonging, it is speculative fiction at its finest!
  • Matt
    I read very few graphic novels, so I don't feel I have much to compare this to. However, I really enjoyed it--an intriguing story, told in a a bit of a cursory way that I think it typical/necessary in graphic novels (?). The artwork was great and added another dimension to the story. The story line about other-planet alien immigration seemed plausible-futurism as well as a clear political critique. Speaking of the latter, I loved that Nigeria was...
  • Liz Murray
    Nnedi Okorafor's world building is intense even without preformed visuals but I loved the artwork that comes with this story and it was so enjoyable to spend some time with this book, reading it in one go. I was captured by the central story, a love story with baby-on-board, and the immigration issues that are almost too close to call metaphor. Neither is this necessary allegory as again it cuts so close to the bone.
  • Marion
    Fun illustrations and interesting characters. The story was pretty straightforward and a bit too on the nose for my liking (not a lot of subtlety in its commentary on the real world). But overall a good graphic novel romp that creates a world that is neither dystopian nor utopian, but very much full of confusion and contradiction, much like the real world.
  • 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...
  • Jess
    First off: I'd been yearning for a truly original, innovative story for a while. This definitely fit the bill. It's a story with strong contemporary importance, as it's based on the Trump administration's Muslim travel ban. And its larger themes in general are xenophobia, immigration, and the rights of personhood. Yet it filtered it all through one of the weirdest, best lenses. I don't think anybody could've written it except for Okorafor. It's b...
  • 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...
  • Drew
    I read this while in-between Okorafor's first and second Binti books, which was an okay thing to do but it did illuminate to me the common thread in both this book and the Binti series wherein extraterrestrial life first makes contact in Nigeria. I really like this concept because it's the first time I've encountered this idea that not only does alien life make first contact in an African country, but it's also to the benefit of Nigeria and the r...
  • Celia
    Immigration and racism propaganda that’s as hypocritical as it is false.All the bad Americans are white. Nuff said.So disappointing from an author whose writing is usually better than this, albeit always political.In her postscript, the author describes the personal experience that inspired the book: Her hair was patted down in an airport because it was in 2.5’ long dreads. And even though it’s totally possible to hide stuff in dreads, she ...
  • Villain E
    I agree with the sentiment of this, but it is not subtle. Commentary on the recent travel ban in the United States, using aliens as the scapegoat. But NOT singling out the US or white people (despite what other reviewers have said) as there is also bigotry against aliens in Africa, not to mention mistreatment of other African ethnic groups. And not all of the aliens are of one mind either. But despite the negative topic, Okorafor creates a work t...
  • Kerry
    I'm not sure where I was recommended this, but it was on a website somewhere. I didn't think I'd have the opportunity, but my library had it in electronic format. It took me a while to commandeer my husband's tablet to read it easily, but once I did (with 2 days to go before it was returned) I was rewarded with a lovely story (if with its dark notes on the state of the world today), beautiful artwork and a story I could follow easily. Given my tr...
  • Carl
    A parable about social justice and equality and accepting and celebrating all that is the other,that is different from you wrapped in a marvelous SF story of aliens visiting the earth in a near future.Okorafor is a master of letting the story provide the morals of allowing her character's actions and reaction tell the tale without resorting to lectures or platitudes.Her characters are rich and fully formed, with faults and virtues in equal propor...
  • 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 of my...
  • Becki Iverson
    Nnedi has done it again! This GORGEOUS comic is inventive, timely and inspiring. It connects a lot of themes from her other books (and explains some autobiographical elements that made things "click" for me throughout all her books), yet somehow feels completely brand new and fresh. I am consistently blown away with how creative and unique Nnedi's work is. I have heard people say "there are no new stories to tell" so many times but she always pro...
  • 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...
  • Wade
    I could see this as a good introduction to the wonderful world of Dr Nnedi Okorafor: it is short, playful, eccentric, and hard hitting. Her imagination regarding alien life is fascinating, and the way the story parallels current events, but with a wild perspective shift is, I think, enlightening.I love that most all of her books could, conceivably, happen in the same world, but she has ignored the dicey and distracting effort of trying to fill in...
  • 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...
  • Rae
    This is the most Nnedi of her comics that I've read. Not surprising as it's her world. I'm still reading through Lagoon, but this is set in the same world and I love Future. She's a strong female, and her grandmother is epic, as are the other tenants like Laundry. There's also some social issues that come through and its great.