NOMINATED FOR THREE EISNER AWARDS, INCLUDING: BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM, BEST WRITER, AND BEST LETTERING
In this heart-pounding, starkly colored, and visually stunning graphic novel, three women have twelve hours to get out of Cuba with six-million dollars on the night of New Year’s Eve 1958.
Gangster’s moll Carole, jazz singer Taffy, and mambo queen Ana all have their reasons for needing to escape the El Eden Casino in Havana. And on the tumultuous night of New Year’s Eve, when Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista flees the country and the nation falls to Fidel Castro, they get their chance...with the help of six suitcases filled with stolen dirty money. Of course, it’s one thing to get the cash...and quite another to get off the island alive.
From the Eisner-nominated writer Alex de Campi and virtuoso artist Victor Santos, this story of three strong and multifaceted women struggling to leave their pasts behind in a tension-filled getaway is timely, fast-paced, and gripping.
Evoking the vibrancy of 1950s Havana, this fierce thriller follows a posse of jazz hall patrons and performers as they escape from a nightclub on New Year's Eve, 1958 the night Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista stepped down and Castro took power. Carole, gangster moll to the owner of hot spot El Ed n, arrives at the club and discovers a tense showdown over an exchange of dirty money. Tasked with entertaining her husband's "business associate," she enlists her friend Taffy, one of the showgirls, but things take a dark turn, and the women end up with only a few hours to escape Cuba amidst political revolution after committing a murder and making off with a suitcase holding six million dollars. De Campi (No Mercy) delivers a script packed with righteous femme fatales full of wit and moxie, who, according to Taffy, "never face a crisis without lipstick." De Campi's masterful writing is punctuated by the coolness of Santos's block shading artwork and moody coloring; simplistic and reminiscent of the pop art style of the 1950s. Readers will revel in this fast-paced noir, embracing both its elegant period detail and pulpy genre roots.
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