A More Perfect Union CP11

Cinema Purgatorio #11 A More Perfect Union cover by Gabriel Andrade, as solicited, though not as published.

Below are annotations for “Untitled (This is not Negro Heaven)” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #11.

Writer: Max Brooks, Artist: Gabriel Andrade

>Go to Cinema Purgatorio annotations index
Go to A More Perfect Union annotations index

Note: Some of this is obvious, but you never know who’s reading and what their exposure is. If there’s anything we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.

General: TBA

Photo of Cinema Purgatorio #11 actual published AMPU cover. Art by Gabriel Andrade


  • The Andrade drawing solicited for CP#11 appears as the AMPU cover for CP#10. The actual printed cover for this issue is the image of the seven African-American soldiers that appears at the start of the AMPU section.

Page 1

panel 1

  • The story picks up from the end of issue #9 where James Calvin Zimmerman was rescued by black soldiers.

panel 3

  • The soldier appears to be using a rock to sharpen the bayonet blade that fits on the top of his gun.

panel 7

Page 2

panel 1

  • The black-bearded soldier is James Calvin Zimmerman, an actual confederate soldier who first appeared in CP#1.

panel 2

  • As stated in Brooks’ notes, the corporal is James Henry Gooding, an actual soldier fighting for the north in the civil war.
  • To the right of Gooding is Cathay Williams, here a sergeant. In the real war, Williams was a black woman who enlisted in the northern army posing as a man, under the name William Cathay.
Cathay Williams – images from beyondblackwhite.com

panel 3

Pages 3-5 – no specific annotations

Page 6

panel 2

  • Williams is proving to Zimmerman that she is a woman, by bringing his hand to her breast.

Page 7 – no specific annotations

Page 8

panel 1

  • The “male expression of strength” Williams refers to is, of course, “balls” which is slang for courage/strength.

panel 4

  • As stated in Brooks’ notes, the 54th Massachusetts was an all-black infantry regiment.

>Go to Purgatorio Annotations Index
>Go to Cinema Purgatorio #12 A More Perfect Union annotations

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