Aftershock Comics 2016
Created & Written by Justin Jordan
Illustrated by Juan Gedeon
Coloured by Tamra Bonvillain
Lettered by Rachel Deering
Aftershock has been putting one interesting book after another and now it’s Justin’s turn to show us what drives him. I gotta say after what I already enjoy from him I expect good things from this, and so far I’m not being disappointed. So from the opening page this is a world thrust back in time thanks to events that toppled civilisation as we know it. Now there’s a blend of science and magic, both though seem on a limited scale, in a world much akin to any sword and sorcery style book. I like it, as a D&Der this appeals to me, though honestly even if you don’t RPG the writing, characterization and concept here are strong and familiar and will definitely keep you entertained.
So this issue opens with Mala interviewing a brute to in order to gain his assistance in her quest. When into the tavern walks Strayer and suddenly things change. It’s kind of fun, kind of okay what just happened and a little wait why didn’t see more. Still it very quickly turns into Strayer waking up in jail with his hands bound, now I personally love seeing the backslide of humanity to a time before things like metal is able to be made easily into things like handcuffs. So seeing this is really a delight.
He’s let out because there’s something they call a Titan coming and they need him to fight and kill it. He’s not a hero, he wants to get paid for his service so we see the kind of world they live in. Altruism isn’t high on people’s list of behavior but then again I like it. It almost has this feel of Reyn from Image but only setting is alike and this story has a completely different direction and from what i’m seeing there is this whole realm ripe for exploration.
Another thing I found myself really liking is the fact that not everyone is dressed the same. I mean yeah they’ve got some elements of the past, non-traditional belts but more like rope material tied up to hold the pants up, which so happen to be cargo style. So Juan and Tamra are blending the world we know with a not too distant future or at least one where some people are still able to find clothing in a style familiar to us, that or make them. So this kind of blending has a nice sense of creativity and originality to it showcasing their skills nicely.
Now the big fight and the subsequent first meeting of Mara and Slayer should be experienced because it has all these fantastic elements to it. It also does wonders in highlighting both what is and what needs to be explored more so give a little info then keep em guessing at the same time. The writing, dialogue and story concept itself is strong and fun. Justin does like to write about worlds after the brink and have to be restarted, yes I’m a fan of Spread. So I love the fact that we’re presented with a new world to explore and find out how things now work.
Aftershock continues to put out some strong series. That they don’t all fall into one genre or vein is an added bonus and personally creator owned like this just guarantee that we get what the creator's have a passion for. Now i’m beginning to share their passion.