(Starred) "This topical ongoing series, collected in a first volume, presents a scenario in which a thinly veiled Donald Trump is reelected and orders the deportation of all immigrants who are living in California illegally. California subsequently secedes and becomes a sanctuary state, leading the government to cut off resources and declare martial law as the region divides into several disparate factions. Fugitive refugee Zora Donato, a resistance fighter with a half-million-dollar bounty on her head, enlists the reluctant services of drug dealer/courier/smuggler Jamil to transport her to a safe house. They're dogged by Homeland Security enforcer Father Rossie, a sadistic nationalist. The insightful script is drawn with taut, four-color artwork, as Pizzolo (Godkiller) and Nahuelpan (Young Terrorists) weave a tense too-close-to-home nightmare with visuals that ground it in gritty detail. The collection is supplemented with interviews with the author and artist, a cover gallery, and other materials that bring into focus the political climate and factors that inspired the series. This rock-solid dystopian comic is thought-provoking and highly recommended."
– Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"It's not wish fulfillment: it's warning -- and a scarily imminent and salient warning at that. But that's not all: it's superb."
– Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"Best Of The Year List: Calexit is both an excellent comic and a striking thought experiment. 'What if,' the comic asks, 'in response to Donald Trump’s draconian presidency, California simply decided to secede from the rest of the US?' It’s an idea that f
“CALEXIT is at the forefront of a range of comic books reacting to the current political climate. Far from a grim portrait of a country under siege... a hopeful and optimistic message about people and their relationship to political power."
– George Gene Gustines, The New York Times
"Best New Comics List: “Calexit may sound a bit on the nose. After all, it’s a tale about the establishment of a breakaway Californian republic in the wake of a presidency not too dissimilar from our current one. But trust me, it works. There are no easy gags about Californians, no silly jabs at Trumpism, and no over-the-top satire of our current state of decline. Instead, the creators have opted to tell a terrifyingly straightforward suspense story about the intrigues and crackdowns that ensue when governments decay and societies rot. The scariest thing about Calexit is how lived-in it feels — after all, every dystopia is just an accurate description of how things are for other people somewhere in the world, and this story just reminds us that we’re always a hair’s breadth away from the very bad things that we assume only happen in failed states.”
– Abraham Riesman, Vulture
"Really spectacular… startlingly realistic… a high octane war story."
– Christian Holub, Entertainment Weekly
"You don’t have to reach out more than an inch to grasp how writer Matteo Pizzolo’s [work] fits into today’s political discourse… and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s only fair and right that art in all its forms would strike back with unmitigated f
– Gabriel Bell, Salon
“CALEXIT is a book that hits your brain like a slug to the chest. You finish it and your ears get a little hot. 10 out of 10”
– Pierce Lydon, Newsarama
“A brilliant piece of political fiction.”
– Daryl Sztuka, The Mary Sue
"Black Mask is drop-kicking fascism with Calexit."
– Dave Maass, Rolling Stone