Aftershock Comics 2018
Written by Frank Tieri
Illustrated by Oleg Okunev
Coloured by Rob Schwager
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
As this newest version of the Black Death begins to rise up and become an even dead-lier crisis than before, Roderick Helms and the surviving members of Fiat Lux race to stop it—but can they do so while being hunted themselves...by the NEW Fiat Lux?
Sick, twisted, demented and all kinds of wrong that you can honestly say the Devil Made Me Do It and be right. Frank never ceases to amaze me with where he’s willing to go when telling a story. No matter what the subject matter may be it seems nothing is taboo for him to use and that’s one of the reason why I love reading his stories. Then again the opening shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone but it kind of does. Though I am glad to see that it is equal opportunity and that we see a lot peen in this one.
There is something that verges on the cliché but doesn’t quite take hold. With the Pope and his actions and Thomas, his little errand boy type, and what we sees, knows and will act upon well that’s anyone’s guess at this point. However what we see leads the reader to believe one thing and like that of a stage magician with an expert slight of hand who knows what we are really getting to see. The way that the opening is scripted is what is meant to catch your eye and draw you in from there it’s taking us to a place where the story twists, turns and darkens and leaves you on the edge.
Roderick and his men were accosted by the walking flesh eaters and it’s then they learn that nothing is what it seems and that what they thought they had done, see volume 1, wasn’t anything near what they had anticipated. The revelations continue and I gotta say it feels like Frank is piling it on and yet that isn’t even remotely true instead the pacing he’s set for this story is amazingly strong and it all flows in such a way that it feels like a thrill ride. Still it would seem that Roderick is very much in demand at this point and he’s got two of his best at his back and that is no small thing.
I like the work Oleg and Rob are doing here. The linework is really nice and Oleg has this style that mixes reality and exaggeration in the perfect blend, like a rich dark brewed coffee that slides down easy. The utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels showcases Oleg’s eye for storytelling beautifully. The creativity and imagination in the undead, and the living if the Pope is to be any judge, is sensational stuff. I mean the opening acts and what happens to his Holiness well that is graphically done is just mind blowing good. The colouring here is really well done too I love the cool blues of night against the lights of a tavern it’s just so striking to see.
I wasn’t all that sure that a sequel to the original was either necessary or needed but I am so glad that these guys are proving me wrong. I mean sure the way the last ended left things open but this is something I could never have predicted. What Satan is doing here is playing a dangerous game and I don’t think even he is prepared for what he’s unleashing here. Roderick is formidable opponent and he has friends, a wife and a son who are more than capable of holding their own. What do they say about poking a bear? That’s just what he’s done.
Amazingly well told story where the difference between man and Satan is as thin as tissue. Stunning characterisation and wonderfully descriptive artwork this will take you places within the Church you never wanted to go.