Any Empire

Any Empire

by Nate Powell

Nate Powell's beautiful graphic novel follow-up to the Eisner award-winning Swallow Me Whole examines war and violence, and their trickle-down effects on middle America. As a gang of small-town kids find themselves reunited in adulthood, their dark histories collide in a struggle for the future. Any Empire's 350 illustrated pages follow three kids in a Southern town as a rash of mysterious turtle mutilations forces each to confront their relationship to their privileged suburban fantasies of violence. Then, after years apart, the three are thrown together again as adults, amid questions of choice and force, belonging and betrayal. Note: Like Swallow Me Whole, this book has an amazing-looking woven-cloth-style hardcover that feels like an old library book. Definitely something you'll want to keep forever and read often. So awesome.