Anguish Garden by R. Alan Brooks

Instructor Alexander Lumans on Anguish Garden by R. Alan Brooks

February 5, 2020

The second installment of our new series Wonderwork focuses on a graphic novel by African American author R. Alan Brooks. CU Denver faculty, students, staff, and alumni can recommend a book that deserves more readers by emailing cudenvernews@ucdenver.edu or posting on social media with #CUDenverwonderwork.


“The second graphic novel from Denver artist and writer R. Alan Brooks, Anguish Garden, focuses on an all-too-real contemporary issue: white supremacy movements, and the process of leaving one. Brooks filters this through the allegorical lens of a mashup between Science Fiction and Westerns—think UFOs meets gunslingers. 

Anguish Garden tells the story of Zola, a young, fearless loner raised to hunt people supposedly infected with an alien virus; over time, she’s confronted with decisions concerning her own beliefs as well as others’ humanity. While Anguish Garden is still in its Kickstarter launch phase, it’s already clear this book will be wildly significant.”

– Alexander Lumans, Instructor in the English Department