Give Me Liberty is a Comic Book series by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons, originally published in 1990-1991 in four 48-page volumes. It describes the life of Martha Washington, an impoverished black girl born into one of the worst ghettos of Chicago in a dystopian near-future, with the United States on the verge of civil war. Despite her lack of opportunities and the machinations of others out to destroy her, Martha eventually becomes a war hero and a major figure in deciding the fate of the United States.The success of the original series spawned several sequels, which comprise a comprehensive Story Arc of Martha's life and death:
Martha Washington Goes to War
Happy Birthday Martha Washington (a collection of shorts)
Martha Washington Saves the World
Martha Washington Dies
The title of the series comes from the Patrick Henry quotation, "I know not what course others may take but — as for me — give me liberty or give me death."
The Alcoholic: Howard Nissen, after having to deal with more than fifty separatist movements in the US and his mostly right-wing secretaries actively opposing him. Moretti may also be blamed.
Alternate History: The POD is after 1990, with Dan Quayle having served one term as President from 1993 to 1997, followed by Erwin Rexall who wins the 1996 election. Under the Rexall Administration the United States becomes increasingly dictatorial.
Artificial Human: They exist and are pretty convincing. One of them is taken hostage by the gay nazis.
She defeats the AI which takes over the world and commands a spaceship to the place where they believe the Precursors which seeded humanity came from. And this is only while she is bald, most of her war exploits are not while bald.
Cloning Blues: Some billionaire had a number of blonde buxom babe clones made. They're not very nice people.
one is. She also has a lesbian crush on Martha
Convenient Coma: President Rexall spends many years in this. His cabinet is not that lucky.
Cool Sword: Martha uses one (a saber) when she fights the gay Nazis IN SPACE! (She wisely refuses to use firearms, since they'd puncture the station's outer hull, which would kill both parties. Her opponents are not that smart.)
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Even if we don't meet them as characters, it doesn't take many guesses that they must be there. Beluga, later the president of the East Coast Capitalist Dictature, probably qualifies.
Crapsack World: Because when the government lacks money, they close facilities for the mentally insane. When this leads to chaos in the cities, they send out troops to kill them.
Creator Breakdown: Some of the crazier elements in this comic (the gay Nazis, the burger chain mecha and so on) were introduced by the creators to cope with the depressing background of the near future
Dan Quayle: Apparently the last President before Erwin Rexall.
Distant Finale: The final one-shot comic takes place decades after the previous book. What happened between the two stories is only hinted at.
Divided States of America: New England, New York City, Florida, Texas, the Northwest, South California, the Southwest, and the Deep South secede from the US, leaving them with only 20 states. (Alaska and Hawaii aren't even mentioned - maybe people just forgot about them in the mess.)
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The final story in the series is titled Martha Washington Dies. Take one guess what happens in it. She dies. This trope also applies to earlier stories, such as Martha Washington Goes to War, "Martha Washington Stranded in Space", and Martha Washington Saves the World.
Manipulative Bastard: Moretti, who manages to blackmail Martha into servitude, frames the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs for destroying the Apache Nation with an orbital laser, stages a Presidential coup that destroys the White House, and appoints himself interim leader of the United States.
Ironically, while he's shown to be very good at plotting to accumulate power, once Moretti has killed Nissen and appointed himself interim leader "until new elections can be held," everything falls apart as without Nissen's leadership most of the United States promptly secedes from the union. Moretti's obsession over Martha doesn't help matters.
Mutants: There's a big (as in "several US states big"!) "radioactive zone" in the center of the western USA. What exactly happened there isn't explained. The mutant humans don't live very long. Their music is very popular among kids.
The center of the zone is a extremely nice terraformed place where they are rebuilding the environment and planning to do the same for the rest of the world.
Serious Business: Beef. People are willing to die to get a real burger, fast food companies set up illegal meadows, and Nissen's government fights them (literally). There's even a 94th Amendment outlawing red meat.
Unexpected Successor: Agriculture secretary Howard Nissen becomes president after a bomb takes out the rest of the cabinet. Doesn't work out in the long run.
Up to Eleven: The politics of Rexall are Reaganism Up to Eleven, invading foreign countries and axing social programs. Even the colors are much more colorful than in most other comics.
Villainous Breakdown: Moretti undergoes this when state after state begins to secede from the US after his coup, compounded with learning that Martha and President Rexall still live.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Wonderland. When the US break apart, the mascot androids of the theme parks in South California take power and demand equal rights, taking humans as hostages. What other authors might've turned into a whole comic series barely gets a mention here.