Cuba: My Revolution
by Inverna Lockpez, Dean Haspiel (Vertigo)
With black and white and shocking blasts of red and pink, Cuba: My Revolution tells the story of Sonya, a teenager in Havana who strongly believes in change for her country. It's December 31, 1958 when Sonya goes from New Year's Eve sangrias to cheering about Fidel Castro taking over the Cuban government. In her idealistic fervor, she joins the new militia and trains to be a doctor, forgoing her dreams of being an artist. In 1961, she's sent as a medic to the Bay of Pigs, where the atrocities are numerous and she's imprisoned for treating a prisoner, despite her adamant loyalty. Sonya undergoes days upon days of interrogations, torture, and starvation, yet she still believes in Castro's revolution.
This is writer Inverna Lockpez's real-life story about growing up in the Cuban revolution, fleeing to the US in the late '60s, where she became a renowned artist. Her writing is full of her initial hope and subsequent disillusion, fear, and persecution after five short years of living in the revolution. Lockpez's powerful story is all the more heightened by Dean Haspiel's (The Alcoholic, The Quitter) beautiful art—it's crisp, Cubist, propagandized, and evocative—with surprising coloring by José Villarrubia. Cuba: My Revolution is a memoir full of passion and doubt, with exceedingly well-done artwork—a fine comic book, indeed.