Created by Ed LaRoche
Reviewed by, Tom Zimm
This is a war comic set in a world where the earth is regrouping after an apocalyptic event. The tone is both zen and surreal, demonstrated by a soldier who witnesses a bug fly into a flower and asking to himself, “Do I know you? Did I treat you well?” These pockets of solitude in a war-torn world jar the reader to stop and think: What is really going on? We know that scientists rush to put together clues to stop the event from destroying all life on the planet. We also know that scientists scramble to decipher the nature of the event, where it came from, and who is the enemy. Much more is yet to be revealed.
The story unfolds with a series of flashbacks, “Three months ago”, “Four months ago”, and so on. By revealing the story in reverse, we see the eventuality of previous events and question, how did we get here? Here is somewhat revealed in the last panel. In between, we are introduced to beautiful art, which often shows well-defined characters in the front with a wide-lense portrait of the landscape in the background being less-defined. The art is quite stunning. The beads of sweat, scringed facial expressions, and color tones communicate a life-or-death struggle for the participants. Meanwhile, the main characters are all scientists and soldiers and so it has a very government and military feel, as well. I’m most interested in the female scientist, Dr. Lin, who’s pictured in the middle of the book being summoned to a government lab to begin working on an antidote. While this review may feel cryptic, or peek-a-boo, the story was laid out in a very similar fashion. I can hardly wait to see how the premise of the story grows and fills out in coming issues. I highly recommend this book to fans of military, post-apocalyptic stories. Overall = 8/10