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Strange Fruit (2015 Boom)

This, the first installment of a four-part miniseries, is fantastic!

It takes part in the deep south in the late 1920s during a rainstorm that is threatening to break the levee with flooding.

The town appears to be mostly racist and looks to its black population as low-wage workers.

The name of the series comes from a song sung by Billie Holiday called "Strange Fruit," which refers to people being lynched from trees.

A weird twist in this story is that someone has come from outer space and is definitely black. He helps a man who is about to be lynched and scares off the Klansmen who were about to do it.

While set many years ago, one can see how the racism of that time is alive and well today.

The last page is timely because it involves the Confederate flag, which was recently taken down from the capitol building in Charleston, South Carolina in response to nine black people being killed in a church by a young man who wanted to start a race war.

J.G. Jones and Mark Waid have started a great story with art that looks like paintings.

Issue #2 can't come out fast enough!

(posted July 13, 2015)