Thursday, September 16, 2021

Jennifer McGinnis:

Comics as a Second Language

The Black Diamond: On Ramp

The Black Diamond: On Ramp


Find it on Atomic Avenue

Genre: Sci-Fi

Larry Young and Jon Proctor envision the future of America where a huge, eight-lane freeway is constructed from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. Elevated hundreds of feet above the ground and without a speed limit, it is one of the fastest ways to get across the country (because apparently air travel is obsolete). But it quickly becomes a no-man’s land; ruthless gangs take over stretches of the freeway, and law enforcement is powerless to protect normal citizens.

Meanwhile, the rest of America becomes a safe, idyllic world, and Don McLaughlin is just a normal orthodontist there. That is, until the federal government decides to step in and finally clean up the Black Diamond for good and Don’s wife is kidnapped by a mob to keep the army at bay. Don has to get to from California to the east coast as quickly as possible to try to save his wife himself, and the only option he sees is using a forty-year old car and the dangerous Black Diamond.

Jennifer grew up in an almost-rural part of California and is currently living in the metropolis of Portland. She knows how to fish without bait, find magnetic north, shoot a bow and arrow, and slaughter small animals, but very rarely does any of it.

Jennifer’s favorite comics include PS 238, She-Hulk, Usagi Yojimbo, Fables, and Impulse.

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