Before he killed Captain America, and before Gitmo became synonymous with America's dirty little torture secret, Eisner Award-winning writer Brubaker racked up his first nomination for this tale set in America's military toehold in Cuba, delineated in rich, realistic detail by Shanower. On the American Naval base at Guantanamo, two teenage best friends cover up the death of a female classmate. Was it an accidental death, or an obsession-fueled murder?
"In An Accidental Death, nothing is generalized as Shanower brilliantly and concretely shows us the who, what, and when of these events. We are definitely dealing with white upper-middle-class teenagers, who are definitely living in the strange old seventies, and who are very definitely living on an American military base (a social milieu with a rich set of connotations and a very restricted range of acceptable behavior). In terms of Brubaker's story, the base just happens to be Guantanamo in Cuba, but in terms of Shanower's art, it unmistakably is that eccentric Caribbean military outpost. With these factors so firmly established, Brubaker plays the dark events of his narrative keenly off of the expectations and assumptions that such factors initiate in the reader. The strangeness of Brubaker's plot and characters is allowed to loom into obtuse fullness through contrast with these completely realized elements of Shanower's art ...to communicate the sad, betrayed and confused character of American life in the late 20th Century..." – The Comics Journal