Martha Washington is born in 1995 a year before president Rexall is elected in 1996. Before the election there is a riot in her neighborhood; a ghetto built for blacks. In this riot her father is killed. During the time from 1996-2001 the president doesn’t lose an election, she is also taken in by the state. On Christmas she visits her family. In 2002 while walking the streets dressed as a boy which she must to stay safe. She’s abducted by “Thunderballs” one of two criminals working for Iceman. “Pope” inspects her to make sure she’s anatomically correct. After that muscle bound Iceman rapes her. Terrified the entire time she doesn’t try to fight back or tell anyone of what happens. In 2007 her teacher realizes her natural brilliance with computers when she changes her C+ grade to an A+. This teacher takes her as his protégé/favorite student and helps her gain greater computing knowledge. He is also the first role model she has in her tragic life. PAX the peace keeping force/Army imagery is all around her, promising her freedom if she joins.
In 2008 she comes into her teacher’s office to find him murdered the muscle bound “Iceman” who raped her years before. Momentarily distracted by an injury she manages in her rage to take his murder weapon, a Hook and strike a fatal blow to the back of the head. He still manages to chase her down and almost kill her before collapsing in a bloody pool before her eyes. This traumatizes her and she’s placed in a mental institution. Even after she recovers she remains in the institution because they say they will take her out of the neighborhood and she has plenty of food.
In 2009 she hears another mind call out to her in the most beautiful way and stumbles across the experimental wing where she sees mutated beings with large heads. When they find her they toss her back on the street.
After starving on the street she is visited by the doctors who conduct the experiments who are now out to kill her. She flees and kills one of them, stealing all his credit cards in the process. She uses it at an ATM and turns his meager sum into enough money to survive on. She flees with the money.
The president and his cabinet get wiped out by a terrorist bombing of the white house. In the death of all the top men, the lowly Nissan once acing secretary of agriculture, who has pro-nature stance. He pulls the country back from the brink of destruction with reforms.
She decides to join PAX since they promise to destroy all her old records. She trains gets deployed and is one of only a few soldiers to survive what is very similar to mustard Gas.
In 2010 she writes home to her mother after getting promoted. She mercy kills an injured friend and gets shot by a traitor. She manages to kill a few of his accomplices but only injures him before passing out. As she recovers now a hero for saving the rainforest the same traitor rolls in now wheelchair bound. He tells her no one will believe a poor Nigger girl like her so she better keep her mouth shut. With flashbacks and fright reminiscent of her rape she does exactly that, keep quiet.
The story of Martha Washington is a “Story of survival”. While I couldn’t relate to her childhood in a maximum security ghetto. I found the exaggerated nature of her experiences a fitting choice to highlight the problems inherent in American society. The treatment of blacks came to mind as did the civil rights movement.
I also found the security of the little girl to be bone chilling and eye opening. As exaggerated and face paced as these experiences where, they were real. Things like this happen all around us everyday and just like here the perpetrators of rape, abduction and those inflicting irreversible trauma on our children go unpunished each day. It’s a chilling reality brought to life in a story where hope is dead.
Martha is a survivor of the highest caliber. Surviving the abduction and rape and even the death of her only role model to finally getting revenge on the man who raped her all very powerful images.
How Martha survives is all based on her iron will. Almost killed on the street she refuses to die and kills her attacker joins the army and survives a mustard gassing much like the Ethiopians experienced from Mussolini during WW2.
Miller chooses imagery that remain relevant even today.
Her escape from the ghetto also remains us why those who live there will do just about anything to escape. It’s a prison not just physically but also for the mind.
The mystery of who the mutated children were leaves us with something to look forward to as things progress as does her two intensely traumatic experiences experiences, abduction and rape+Murder of her mentor and rapist. The racist traitor will no doubt become a future thorn in her side.
Great and consistent art from start to finish.
The graphic nature of the story may offend some. Also the meaning of some of the imagery will mean nothing to those unfamiliar with the source reference. Other may find the corruption of America not their kind of stories I know some “patriots” think such a tale is ridiculous.
The exaggeration of the living ares and conditions of the black people here will be lambasted as pure fiction especially if you have never seen a ghetto in America.
Tale is honest to god not for everyone.
5/5 for bring home the survival of one woman against “the system”