Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Book Review - Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story

About the Book

Acclaimed author Lilliam Rivera and artist Steph C. reimagine one of DC's greatest Green Lanterns, Jessica Cruz, to tell a story about immigration, family, and overcoming fear to inspire hope.

Jessica Cruz has done everything right. She's a dedicated student, popular among her classmates, and has a loving family that has done everything they can to give her a better life in the United States. While Jessica is a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, allowing her to go to school and live in the U.S., her parents are undocumented. Jessica usually worries for her parents, but her fears and anxiety escalate as a mayoral candidate with a strong anti-immigration stance runs for office.

As the xenophobia in Coast City increases, Jessica begins to debate whether it's worth renewing her status to stay in the U.S., or if her family would be safer and better off moving back to Mexico. And despite her attempts to lean on her friends and family, she finds herself constantly visited by visions of Aztec gods, one pulling her towards hope and the other towards anger.

But when her father is detained by I.C.E., Jessica finds herself being pulled into an abyss of fear. With her father gone and feeling helpless, Jessica must find her way out of her fears and ultimately become a voice for her community.

My Take on the Book
This graphic novel has such a different style from other books that DC has presented in the past. It is a nice change and the story is fresh and unique. The story itself is action packed and engaging and leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat as you wait to see what comes next. The character in this book is someone that you can relate to and while I did not have a lot of context for this character, outside of knowing it came from Green Lantern mythology, I still was drawn in and completely entranced by the visual elements and the writing as well. The weaving in of concepts of racism, ICE and more make the story relevant and makes you want to read even deeper into the pages to see what will happen next. I was really impressed by the whole story and I think you will be as well!

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