Any Empire, Nate Powell's follow-up to the Eisner award-winning graphic novel, Swallow Me Whole, is a vivid examination of war and violence, and their trickle-down effect on middle America.
First, a group of small-town kids find themselves bound together by geography, boredom, and a string of mysterious turtle mutilation. Reunited years later, with Army tanks rolling through the streets of thier 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?
Praise for Any Empire
One of the Best Graphic Novels of the year, by Booklist, The AV Club, Comic Book Resources, Complex, and the Graphic Novel Reporter
"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 fo Craig Thompson's Blankets and David Small's Stitches. Highly recommended for both adults and young adults" - Library Journal Starred Review
About the Author
Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000. Today, he has a number of critically-acclaimed graphic novels to his name, including "Swallow Me Whole", and "Any Empire." Between 1999 to 2009, Nate worked full-time supporting adults with developmental disabilities and has managed a DIY punk record label for over 16 years. He lives in Bloomington, indiana.