Boom! Studios 2016
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Illustrated by Jonas Scharf
Coloured by Doug Garbark
Lettered by Jim Campbell
What an amazing story this has been. Mercer has been caught up in a fight that he wanted no part of all because the President had his men invade their world and his son got taken in all the confusion. A loving father, a determined man who with a group of followers has done something that people thought was near impossible. While we never learn of the events that separated the country and why only Kentucky, of all places, was alone in the world that’s really immaterial. The story is about a man and what he’s willing to do to rescue his son. Politics and all else be damned it’s about family.
One of the things I liked about this issue is that Phillip leaves us with a few things that says he might want to revisit this. With Mercer’s son Lucas there’s a moment where the Blue want to claim him as their own and there’s more to this than meets the eye. We also see this connection from the opening. Well there’s also the ending here that leaves it open for another episodic story from these guys.
Phillip really does manage to create this world where we have that desire to learn more. He’s woven some incredible characterisation throughout and left us with enough unanswered questions so that there’s plenty of room for growth. The way this all came to be that Kentucky stands alone and why the President seems to have this whole hatred for them and this split personality going on yeah it permeates the brain after finishing this. That’s how you know Phillip’s done something special that it stays with you after it’s done and leaves your mind going places the story didn’t take you to.
The interior artwork here really captures the story beautifully. The use of page layouts with their angles, perspective and the utilisation of backgrounds really help flesh out the story more. There’s emotion and feeling in the work that you can feel and that really leaves an impact. There’s this nice attention to detail that almost seems abstract and it really works when detailing the military tanks and such not to mention the White House.
It’s a great time to read comics that are so story driven. Forget the capes and tights because the real hardcore stories in books like this one. Where your imagination takes you places that seem like they could be eerily real and leave you wondering and wanting. If this hasn’t been on your radar you need it to be and now that’s it’s finished, for now, order the trade because this is wonderfully done.