Johnny Jihad

Ryan Inzana takes a hard look at the interplay of American policy and Islamic fundamentalism. Loosely inspired by the John Walker Lindh case, Johnny Jihad follows a disaffected New Jersey kid as he moves from punk teenager to American terrorist. Along the way, we learn just how interconnected the "good" guys and the "bad" guys are, and just how easy it is to become one of them. Inzana's scratchy black and white art adds a further bleakness and sense of inescapability to an already dark story. Whether you agree with Inzana's point of view or not, it's great to see comics take chances with books like Johnny. Thumbs up to NBM Publishing; their entire line shows great promise for the future of intelligent graphic literature.