G. Botic Productions 2014
Written by Gigio Longo
Illustrated by Nick Suders
America is no longer a “free” country. Unable to sustain its debts, the United States is now “owned” by China. Adam Stairs -- a day-dreaming, low-ranking employee in Philadelphia’s housing department -- does his best to excel in a dim and oppressed world of bureaucrats. Adam's girlfriend left him, his boss hates him, he has an alcoholic/womanizing best friend, and he’s homeless. Everything in his life seems to be going the wrong way, but unbeknownst to him, Adam is about to get his 12th chance at life, love and leading humanity to the Garden of Eden.
Adam’s dreams are beginning to get more intense, involved and revealing though when he wakes he still isn’t quite sure what’s what. Still what a way to open up this issue with this spectacular look at his chance to change the world in WWII and trying to rescue Eve, a telling tale if you take a good look at Eve. The great storytelling here by Gigio for seeing both Adam and his counterparts being dispatched so it’s pretty much a level playing field. I really am impressed with the way this story has been unfolding getting more in depth and detailed as it moves towards it’s conclusion.
I’m really starting to wonder about Gianni and his connection to all this, the feather’s falling lead me to think he’s an angel but until the reveal we can’t be sure. Still he’s remarkably calm as he tries to calm down Adam now that they are with Vergil who is trying to fully unlock his memories of those past lives. Hence the dreams they are his past lives and this issue is pivotal to unlocking them if they are to save the world. The pacing of how this whole story is unfolding is done with a superb eye by Gigio and it truly is a delight to watch.
Vergil is a fantastic character I love his gruffness and no nonsense approach, he doesn’t have time to coddle or move things along slowly too much is at stake so he’s willing to go that extra mile to get things done now. Plus his explanation and history is explored more fully here giving the reader the full story of how the Primogenitor is needed to bring peace back. His inclusion to the story adds more background information and much needed explaining as to how Adam has been needed in the first place which as a reader was a bit of a surprise and yet one that I should’ve seen coming.
So while the city is on the lookout for Gianni, Adam and Vergil we see Adam’s past lives flood back to him. Also we get a look at what I’ll refer to as the resistance and their plans to get to Texas where the culmination of this story should take place. With Adam’s memories restored he has one request before heading to Texas though and that’s rescuing Eve. Eve however isn’t aware just yet who she is though if you’ve been paying attention you’ll know who she is at this point.
This really is one hell of a good story. The setting is wonderful and the opposing forces are portrayed extremely well with the bad seemingly having the upper hand and while Adam is important it would seem that they can use Eve as well. Adam however will move heaven and earth to get his beloved back and take down the bad guys in the process if he can. Can he save the world in his 12th incarnation or will he fail and a 13th be needed? We’ll find out in this action packed thriller.
It’s books like this that give me hope for small/independent press companies to thrive in the industry because of the level of work they do. The interior artwork has been steadily improving each issue and do wonders in helping enhance the storytelling and Nick’s imagination in showcasing his past lives really have been a standout for visual enjoyment.