American Mythology Productions 2016
Written by Pat Shand
Illustrated by Jason Craig
Coloured by Bob Smith
Lettered by Natalie Jane
In the first years of the 21st century, a third World War broke out. Those of us who survived knew mankind could never survive a fourth... that our own volatile natures could simply no longer be risked. Now, the government has risen up to eradicate the true source of man's inhumanity to man. The ability to feel. But in this brave new world, where logic rules and emotion is punished, a rebellion breaks out that will shake this totalitarian government to its core.
I like the premise behind this story. A Totalitarian future where emotions and feelings are outlawed and through medication held at bay. It sets up a regime and a resistance in one fell swoop. All it takes to make it really work is someone who is capable or writing it intelligently, enter Mr. Shand.
I know this is considered a sequel to the movie of the same name but in all frank honesty I never finished that movie. It bored me to tears. I couldn’t get into it, maybe it was the acting or dialogue I don’t know all I know is that I tried and failed to watch the whole thing. Surprisingly enough this issue was not only engaging but was able to keep me interested throughout. Like I said the premise is good and the way pat starts this off with a bit of action and a surprise twist well it does a nice job of catching your attention.
We open with a moment of clarification for one character and then proceed to see not necessarily the ramifications of that but the beginning of something. This leads to a series of events that make you question the lead character Cleric 654-0, or Elijah to his family. This for me is a much more coherent look at this world than the movie brought me and considering that they’ve already experienced one rogue cleric in John Preston it makes sense that this story deal with his actions in a completely new and original way.
I like that I didn’t have to finish the movie to enjoy this. On a side note I had no idea that this was going to be a sequel to that either. That we have enough reminders and information to know what has come before and what will undoubtedly come again makes this series stand on it’s own two feet.
Jason’s interiors are pretty good, I like the originality in the appearance of the characters we meet. His use of perspective and angles throughout his page layouts show a good eye for storytelling and how the flow of the story should go. I wish he’d use more backgrounds for me they really flesh out the scenes more and gives a better scope of the mood, tone and feelings of what is going on.
I’m impressed as this has been taken from something I would’ve dismissed into something i’m looking forward to see it’s course flow. There’s a strong story behind a good premise and this why science-fiction stories engage our minds like no other.