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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,192 ratings  ·  235 reviews
From Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award Winner Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death, Binti, Akata series) comes Laguardia. Set in an alternative world where aliens have come to Earth and integrated with society, LaGuardia revolves around a pregnant Nigerian-American doctor, Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka, who has just returned to NYC under mysterious conditions. After smuggling a ...more
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Published July 30th 2019 by Berger Books
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Nicolas Lontel Yes, it is. It is set several years after the event. You won't find the same characters though and it will mostly be set in the U.S.A. with some parts…moreYes, it is. It is set several years after the event. You won't find the same characters though and it will mostly be set in the U.S.A. with some parts in Nigeria. (less)

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Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LaGuardia is a fascinating and engaging graphic novel that takes a empathetically nuanced look at immigration policies and refugee rights by Hugo Award winning author Nnedi Okorafor. The story is beautifully brought to life through Tana Ford's colorful and detailed artwork that captures New York city and Nigeria in a period of interplanetary integration. This volume collects all of Okorafor's single issue releases and tells the entire story in one book-binding of how aliens have come to earth an ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss
The first book in the Berger Books line I've found worth reading. Okorafor is the up and coming Sci-Fi writer who wrote Binti. Here she writes about a future America who is instituting a travel ban from certain countries, this time with aliens in the mix. I would have liked to see some more world building here because there's no reason given for the ban. We are left to assume it's for the same xenophobic reasons as the current ban. Future is a Nigerian-American who has been working as a doctor i ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Listen Nnedi Okorafor has been doing some big things in the comic book world that I greatly appreciate. I've seen a few people in the community pick this one up so I naturally couldn't resist getting my hands on it.

LaGuardia is an interesting look at oppressive systems that exist in our current world but told within a narrative of the future world. These oppressive systems are then passed on to aliens as more humans become weary of their abilities; although, a great portion of humans have welco
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I first discovered Okorafor with Binti which I loved. She's the first science fiction writer in a long time, all right maybe 10-12 years, who made go I need to start buying more of her books (and will when more of them hit paperback). So, she's writing an original science fiction comic, no problem getting me to sign up.

This is a good examination of prejudice, especially in Trump Era America (damn, I cringe just writing that). Aliens have come to Earth, and Lagos is one of the busiest hubs for c
Loved this story about immigration, tolerance and intolerance, family, both biological and found, and kindness. Loved the artwork, too, for its exuberance and beauty.
Allison Hurd
A sweet, ultimately feel good comic about immigration, family, and prejudice. A bit preachy, a bit trite, but the art is pretty and the message is solid, if a bit on the nose.
I was expecting a much fast-moving action packed story (I mean, look at that cover!), but apparently it was a more subdued account on the issues of immigration and racism. The author said in her end note that if you came from Africa and sported some 'exotic' hairdos, it is likely you'll get more attention from the airport authority, such as extra screenings and whatnots. She had that experience in LaGuardia airport, hence this book.

But, let's talk about the aliens! Remember District 9 the movie
Stewart Tame
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka is leaving Nigeria. In a hurry. With a sentient plant, Letme Live. And without telling her fiancé. She arrives in the US via Laguardia International and Interplanetary Airport. Yes, it's still under construction.

The story is about why they fled Nigeria, and what happens to Future’s relationship with her fiancé. And the birth of their child. And how the world deals with an influx of aliens. It's warm and optimistic and fascinating. I’d say it's about shared humanity, but
Rod Brown
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Okorafor uses speculative fiction and extraterrestrials to take on present day U.S. travel bans and immigration issues. The storyline is a little loopy but stays fun while landing its points well.

Countries thrive when they leave themselves open to a constant infusion of new blood and ideas.
I wanted a bit more from this, so the actual rating is 3.5 . It's an interesting, and very real take, on aliens and Earth. The romantic relationship and its problem just seemed to easily solved. But the aliens were very cool. ...more
Josiah Spence
May 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Good: Fun aliens and progressive politics
The Bad: Poor plotting and little meaningful to add to an important conversation
The Literary: Classic scifi conceit of questioning aliens as the other

Pregnant Nigerian-American doctor Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka hasn't been back to the USA in a long time. She's been working in Nigeria where alien immigrants (the kind from space) are accepted and welcomed. America, on the other hand, isn't so welcoming, so when she arrives at Laguardia International and
Read for the 2020 Hugos. Fittingly, it reminded me of Okorafor's Binti novellas in terms of mixing sci fi & aliens with Nigerian history and identity, plus the juxtaposition of Black locks vs. alien tentacles, and a main female character undergoing an alien bodily transformation. Okorafor uses sci fi to examine present-day racism and xenophobia cast against actual interplanetary visitors.

That said: it just felt way too heavy-handed and on-the-nose with the mingling of the 2017 travel ban and pro
Adam Stone
The premise of this story is everything I look for in science fiction. It's a futuristic story that spaks clearly about problems we are having now, thus acting as a parable from the future.

Okorafor gives us a world where aliens, referred to as florals, who look like plants are a part of our society. Certain racist countries like The United States start to restrict florals or people who have come into contact with florals. or people from countries with large floral populations, from entering the
Elizabeth A
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, graphix
Sci-fi tales often take on the issues of their times, and this one takes on the current US immigration and travel ban policies head on.

Aliens, of the extraterrestrial kind, have arrived on Earth and integrated well in most places. Countries that welcomed them have flourished, while those that didn't, well ... didn't do as well. This is a bizarre story with wonderful art that tackles issues of who belongs and who doesn't, and who decides. There are plot points that don't make sense, but I went al
Danika at The Lesbrary
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize this was set in the same world as Lagoon! Really interesting look at immigration, xenophobia, and racism--not just as metaphor, but interwoven with existing prejudices. Okorafor presents a future that is hopeful while dealing with the struggles we have now. I appreciated the complexity in characters like Citizen or the inter-Floral wars. I hope Okorafor does more comics in the future! ...more
Sasha Gabrielle Brooks
did i completely understand what was going on? no

was is completely invested in the story? YES!

the metaphors and how connected it was to today's political climate and state of the world was so smart and this idea was weird and fresh.

i mean, i have A LOT of questions but this story was good and easy to follow for the most part.
I don't know why Tana Ford's gorgeous illustrations deteriorated so much in the last chapter, perhaps she too, by this point, was bored by the story. ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid and definitely par for the course for Nnedi Okorafor's work. Great writing and inspired alien art. ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun graphic story that is marvelously hectic and extremely relevant. It takes on immigration issues in the guise of aliens from space but is 100% commentary on immigration and migration in the world today, especially in the U.S. The art is also amazing and the colorwork gorgeous.
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
I couldn't recall where I had seen this author's name before, now I realize that I read The Book of Phoenix, her novella prequel to Who Fears Death (which I have not read). From her author blurb, "Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction and fantasy (Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism)." LaGuardia is an interesting bit of story, very rooted (that's a joke, if you have read this book) is the current American and global political climate. In a now-future world ...more
Fantastic, visceral, relevant story about immigration, making a home, and family. Gorgeous, bold art enhances everything. The story made me tear up a few times, especially LetMe Live’s branch.
Jul 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay...Where to start?

I think the story pretty interesting. If you've ever watched the movie District 13, which uses aliens as a short hand to discuss apartheid, then you will be familiar with the direction this comic takes. It talks about immigration, about travel bans, prejudice and fear and uses aliens and alienness as a way to drive the point across.
Okorafor's writing is concise and to the point. Character interactions feel natural and there's a very familiar rapport between friends and fami
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Timely, complex, untidy, defiant, and important, this graphic novel just won the 2020 Hugo.

Originally a reaction to Trump's early immigration ban, the story also takes inspiration from the current Black Lives Matter protests. The advent of aliens in Nigeria has ushered in an African renaissance, but now in its aftermath, the long-extant fires of racism and xenophobia have found new fuel, both in Nigeria and America.

It's a future that feels all too present. And that's the point, I think. Reading
Y.S. Stephen
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
There aren't many western publishers pumping out African-based sci-fi or fantasy comic books so I was glad to see Nnedi Okorafor's LaGuardia on my Edelweiss list.

The story itself is about aliens who came to earth as refugees and immigrants, contributed to earth's technology, then afterwards ostracised and discriminated against by humans. Thick in the middle of these events are disruptions in relationships, riots, and hidden kindness in unexpected places.

LaGuardia strengths lie in its characters
Villain E
I agree with the sentiment of this, but it is not subtle. Commentary on the recent travel ban in the United States, using aliens as the scapegoat. But NOT singling out the US or white people (despite what other reviewers have said) as there is also bigotry against aliens in Africa, not to mention mistreatment of other African ethnic groups. And not all of the aliens are of one mind either. But despite the negative topic, Okorafor creates a work that seems overall positive and optimistic.

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MB (What she read)
An interesting science fiction riff off our Trump-era immigration battles. I enjoyed seeing it from a (very far) outside perspective.

I thought the art was well done, particularly the way the MC's locs were almost a character of their own. Reading the author's final note was eye-opening, and I thought that made it all tie together well.
Danny Hicks
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a 4, but I want to give it a 3. I feel like the groundwork has been laid for a great series if it just keeps going. ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
About 10 months ago I had the good fortune to attend a lecture/presentation by Nnedi Okorafor. She mentioned that her experience at LaGuardia Airport (and other airports) provided some of the impetus for the graphic novel she had just finished work on. So, when it finally arrived at the library last week, it was my obvious choice to read as the graphic novel that I had pledged to read after trying the very short Pemmican Wars. Okorafor makes effective, insightful use of this genre to create what ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
First off: I'd been yearning for a truly original, innovative story for a while. This definitely fit the bill. It's a story with strong contemporary importance, as it's based on the Trump administration's Muslim travel ban. And its larger themes in general are xenophobia, immigration, and the rights of personhood. Yet it filtered it all through one of the weirdest, best lenses. I don't think anybody could've written it except for Okorafor. It's both a uniquely African story, a uniquely immigrant ...more
Rick Brose
There is a lot to like within the pages of LaGuardia. Okorafor presents a compelling future filled with realistic technology and fantastic alien life. The African perspective and cultural elements are great, like most things she has written. And the themes are very timely and relevant. The artwork was slightly off-putting for me. It felt raw and incomplete in the way it was drawn. I think I liked the idea of some of the page layouts better than the execution. Despite that, this is still a worthw ...more
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Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction and fantasy (Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism). Okorafor has won a Hugo, a Nebula, a World Fantasy Award, and a Locus Award, and her many fans include Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, John Green, and Ursula Le Guin. She is writing a series for Marvel about Shuri, Black Panther’s sister, and has a number of book-based project ...more

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