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Calexit Is a Bloody, Dystopian Vision of Trump's America and the People Bold Enough To Resist It Image Black Mask Studios Less than a year into his presidency Donald Trump has repeatedly defended white supremacists and selfidentified Nazis toyed with the idea of going to war with North Korea and stood by cluelessly as the Republican congress fought to rob millions of Americans of their healthcare Paranormal State Season 1 Ep 1 The Name Objectively these are dark times When we talk about how America under Donald Trump feels dystopian what we’re talking about is how if left entirely unchecked and allowed to be codified many of the Trump administration’s draconian policies and stances would transform our society into a warped nightmarish version of itself As a thought exercise envisioning a world in which Trump and his supporters are able to achieve all of their goals is an important way for his political opponents to keep sight of why the protest and resist In Matteo Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan’s Calexit from Black Mask Studios the future where Trump’s regime has reshaped the country in its own image isn’t a matter of “what if” but rather “what now” In this world the darkest timeline everything we’ve feared about Trump has come to pass and in an act of defiance a number of key cities throughout the state of California have said “fuck this I’m out ” The version of America that Calexit presents us is meant to be interpreted as a realistic one quite similar to our own save for a few key differences In this world one of the new American president’s first orders of business after coming into office was to deport each and every single immigrant regardless of whether or not they were documented The then governor of California seeing the president’s executive order an an abhorrent abuse of power declares the entire state as a place of sanctuary that will not recognize or abide by the new law In an ideal world California would metaphorically pull out of the US and become a shining selfsufficient beacon of acceptance and welcoming shaming the rest of the US by simply doing the truly American thing But Pizzolo keenly understands that realistically California seceding would be a destabilizing event within the state itself causing factions to rise up on both sides those in support of the US government and those opposed As Calexit opens the state is in a tense bloody holding pattern illustrated helpfully by a map Multiple major coastal cities like San Francisco and Oakland are controlled by the Pacific Coast Sister Cities Alliance the group who refuse to comply with the president’s executive order The Sovereign Citizens Coalition those aligned with the US Federal Government control a larger portion of the state but given the way that resources like food water and power are created in California they aren’t necessarily in an advantageous position Skirmishes between the Federal Governmentaligned Bunkerville Militants and the Mulholland Resistance Calexit’s freedom fighters happen throughout the entire state but as the story picks up we zoom in on Zora McNulty a woman on the run from the authorities somewhere in Los Angeles an occupied city caught between Resistance and Sovereign territories As Zora breathlessly rushes to her parents’ home in the dead of the evening we see that she isn’t just a regular person but an important member of the resistance being targeted by a particular government agent Moments after she and her father are briefly reunited Zora’s forced to flee into the night because she knows that the man who’s after her will soon be upon her family Right on cue the agent and his men make their way into the McNulty family’s home and begin to do what every super villain who’s ever hunted for a hero does menacingly threaten everyone in sight as a gross showing of power that demonstrates to us just how sinister they are Though there is much about the bespectacled villain that feels very standardissue it’s the parallels between the things he says and the coded racist language that’s become a hallmark of the Trump administration that makes him uniquely terrifying Paranormal State Season 1 Ep 1 The Name Just before fatally stabbing Zora’s adoptive father the man points out that because her adoption took place in California a place whose laws are no longer recognized the adoption is considered invalid making her an immigrant Or rather a refugee Elsewhere in the city Jamil a wellknown and liked drug smuggler is making the best of his life by staying neutral in the ongoing conflicts and making illegal deliveries for both sides When we first meet Jamil he’s in the process of bringing a National Guardsman antidepressants that if he were caught trying to buy legally would likely have him fired When Jamil rhetorically asks the guard why he posted to protect a statue of an elephant erected in downtown Hollywood his drone assistant Livermore begins to describe the symbol’s historic relationship to Birth of a Nation creator D W Griffith and the Ku Klux Klan As the two men debate whether something like a statue can simultaneously be a callback to a film and a monument to a man who fought for white supremacy the guardsman is shot through the head by an unseen sniper who spares Jamil Outmatched as Calexit’s resistance may be they’re still very much a threat to those in positions of power Though there is an overarching plot about the disenfranchised rising up to strike back against their autocratic oppressors Calexit is not a feelgood story and it doesn’t make any attempts at pretending that it is It’s bloody and violent in a way that doesn’t glorify combat as so many comics do but is frank in the reality it’s trying to present Were the US ever to fall into another Civil War senseless brutal deaths would fundamentally change the ways that we moved through and conceived of the world But the thing that makes Calexit such a difficult book to grapple with in a good way isn’t really even the violence which quickly becomes the everyday backdrop to the characters’ lives It’s the fact that the authoritarian powersthatbe who gleefully participate in said violence are darker but not entirely unfamiliar versions of people that we already know Editor’s Note This piece has been updated to accurately describe which areas within California are controlled by which sides of the conflict