Slum Nation

The story of this graphic novel takes place in the city of Heroica,           the largest of the so-called  instant cities built in the U.S. during           the mass exodus of 2018. The conditions of life are tough,           unemployment is high, public services are deficient, people can           barely make ends meet.  New gangs are organizing in a fight for the           new territories. Most of the gangs run from  the suburban quarter           “Mexican Belt,” which is actually a result of a failed migratory           experiment.   Doug Balthus, a detective from Heroica, is in big           trouble because of his gambling debts.  He owes lots of money to two           of the most dangerous gangs in town – neither of which is willing  to           forget his debt. Doug knows that they are after him, so he avoids the           places where he usually  hangs out. But then one night he gets           caught, and just as he thinks his life is over, the boss of “Red           Flies” makes him an offer he cannot refuse: Find Alicia and your debt           will be forgotten. Doug is thrilled and accepts the offer. During his           search for Alicia he meets Laura -- a dancer in a sleazy club.           Exhausted and tired of wandering, she opens up to him. Although he is           completely broke, Doug invites her to stay with him. He’s also           looking for a safe place to hide from “White Noses,” the other gang           he owes money to, and it seems that they are a perfect match.

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