PEACE PARTY #1 & #2, by Rob Schmidt '80. (Blue Corn Comics; $2.95 each.) Schmidt took his world culture lectures to heart: The Culver City business and computer writer also pens Peace Party, a comic book that features a pair of Native American heroes who get in deep with drug dealers, politicians, and an Arizona coal mining company that is threatening air and water quality on the reservation. Both men have superpowers—Billy Honanie is learning to summon rainfall and Drew Quyatt engages in animal telepathy—but they solve their problems more with intelligence, cleverness, and humor. "It's a lot more about using the human values, not just coming in with your powers and smashing walls and knocking things down," says Schmidt. "I try to imbed the issues in an interesting story, but I don't want to be preachy or didactic." (To order Peace Party, visit www.bluecorncomics.com.)
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