'LaGuardia' Comic Mixes Alien and Human Immigrant Stories (Exclusive Trailer)

The new series comes from fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor and editor Karen Berger.

A new kind of immigrant story is about to be told in Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford’s LaGuardia, a new series from Dark Horse Comics debuting in comic stores and digitally next month. Heat Vision has the official launch trailer for the series.

Taking place in an alternate Earth where aliens have been assimilated into society, LaGuardia follows Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka, a pregnant Nigerian-American doctor whose return to New York City — and an apartment building filled with immigrants from both Africa and outer space — comes with unanswered questions, especially in relation to an alien plant she smuggled into the country and her unborn child.

Dealing with questions surrounding discrimination, immigration and other subjects close to the headlines in current times, the series promises to be a comic with a lot to say about the world today…and perhaps a more timeless message to share, as well.

LaGuardia is the latest comic book project from fantasy author Okorafor, who won 2016’s Hugo Award for Best Novella for Binti, which also took the Nebula Award for Best Novella in the same year. She has also received the World Fantasy Award for her 2011 novel Who Fears Death, as well as the 2012 Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature for Zahrah the Windseeker. Previous comic book projects include work in Marvel’s Black Panther mythology, including her current series, Shuri. Tana Ford, the artist on the title, previously worked with Okorafor on Marvel’s Black Panther: Long Live the King No. 6.

The title is the latest release from Karen Berger’s Berger Books imprint, and launches Dec. 5.