Right State (Paperback)

By Mat Johnson, Andrea Mutti (Illustrator)

Vertigo, 9781401229443, 144pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2013

List Price: 16.99*
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This race-against-time political thriller follows an ex Special Forces commando who goes undercover with a militia group that's plotting to assassinate the second African-American President of the U.S.

In the week leading up to a major campaign speech, the Secret Service discovers that an extremist militia group is plotting to assassinate America's second African American President.  The best chance to advert this crisis is to infiltrate the group using an ex-Special Forces war hero turned conservative media pundit named Ted Akers. While Aker's politics make him a hero to the right-wing fringe and no friend to the current Administration, he takes the assignment and what follows is an adrenaline fueled race against time to stop a President from dying and a country from being ripped apart.  

An original graphic novel by Mat Johnson (Incognegro, Dark Rain) and Andrea Mutti(Girl With The Dragon Tattoo).

About the Author

Mat Johnson's first novel, Drop, was a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection. His second novel, Hunting in Harlem, won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Most recently, he wrote the novel Pym (Spiegel & Grau). He has written for a variety of publications, including a stint as a columnist for Time Out New York. Johnson currently teaches at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. Johnson is also the author of the Vertigo graphic novels DARK RAIN: A NEW ORLEANS STORY, INCOGNEGRO and JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER: PAPA MIDNIGHT.

Praise For Right State


"A fine heist story."—Booklist
"Funny and moving."—The Huffington Post
"Compelling. Intriguing...a newperspective on the details of the disaster."—The New Orleans Times-Picayune

Praise for INCOGNEGRO -

"[An] engrossing graphic novel, with its smart dialogue and sharp images."--The New York Times
"Smart and fast-paced."—Publishers Weekly