Recently DC Comics sent me the new YA Graphic Novel “‘Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story'” to review out and I had trouble putting it down. Gorgeous colours jumping off the page, a bold character to get invested with, mystical Gods and hard-hitting issues like deportation. This story really hits hard and I hope to see more of this style of storytelling in the future.
This origin story has been carefully crafted by award-winning writer Lilliam Rivera and the hypnotising artwork by Steph C. really makes this tale a captivating and emotional read. This is the first time the two have worked with DC and I hope it is not the last.
“Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story is a new young adult graphic novel from DC that provides a fresh retelling of Jessica Cruz’s origin story, that captures the experiences of many immigrant families today. Like the Green Lanterns who came before her, Jessica must fight for what she believes in, and develop her willpower, determination, courage and tenacity—hallmarks of every Green Lantern—while facing overwhelming odds as xenophobia takes root in her hometown, Coast City.”
I really felt for Jessica as I read more about her journey and the issues that she has to deal with. Riviera does a fantastic job of making you feel that you are a part of the story. The reader feels the weight of the world that is on Jessica’s shoulders but you also feel the courage and strength that she finds along the way.
This book deals with some very serious issues but it has been done with such attention to detail that it makes the reader aware of the situations that affect so many in the world. This is going to be a great way to educate readers but also for many to relate to the challenges that ordinary immigrant families face every day.
Riviera had this to say about the graphic novel:
“I’ve always been fascinated by origin stories and I’m so glad I got to write one for Green Lantern’s Latinx superhero, Jessica Cruz. Unearthed is a story of an everyday high school teenager who strives to make her parents proud. It’s also a story about immigration and how Jessica navigates debilitating anxiety while trying to keep her family together,” said Rivera. “Mexican artist Steph C.’s illustrations not only beautifully capture this struggle; she’s created stunning otherworldly realms that will leave readers breathless. I can’t wait for fans to see a side of Jessica Cruz never before seen.”
This is a powerful and heartfelt story. One that is going to be remembered.
Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story is scheduled to hit stores and online retailers everywhere books are sold today.