Cave Studio Pictures 2019
Script by Jesse Hamm & Mark Rodgers
Written & Illustrated by Jesse Hamm
Coloured by Caitlin Like
Jacob, son of Administrator Anna A3644, is revisited by the recurring dreams that plagued his youth. He believes they indicate that the earth's surface, once rendered uninhabitable by a horrific malfunction of the Large Hadron Collider, is now safe. But can he convince those who live underground with him? And at what cost?
I knew this was coming out and I really wanted to give it a go as I really like the Appalachian Apocalypse that they publishing right now. Cave has been smart in the releasing of their titles as they stagger them into our lives. So coming into this one blind was totally the right call for me because getting to experience this like I am was an amazing thing.
We open up here meeting Jacob as a young boy who we learn has recurring nightmares. It is an interesting way to open up a story and meet a character. Then meeting his mother’s (?) and hearing the mantra by which they live made things even more odd and interesting to me. There is just something about it all as we see it before that raises the interest and intrigue factors that captures your mind and urges you to see more. This also encompasses the whole kind of mini-background of what has happened in the past that has led them to being where they are.
The way that this book is structured is absolutely sensational to see. The transitions from part to part is smooth as silk and never once does it lose the reader or confuse them and I love that fact. Also the way Jesse is able to create the ebb & flow of the story without powers, abilities and all that super stuff but has nothing but a solid, interesting and well story doing so is even more impressive to me. There is something spectacular about seeing such a story driven story that is easy to identify with and in some realm of possibility could actually occur. So this for me is where Jesse gets to put his stamp on the industry and become known as someone to be reckoned with.
His wok on the interiors here as well is pretty darn impressive. Jesse has said that he expects artists to use backgrounds and he does that, says what he does, and I couldn’t be any more thrilled by this. They expand the moment, they bring a size and scope to the book that is essential to the story and it just has this effect where you may not realise it but it just brings this world to life. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show off this utterly amazing eye for storytelling. The way we see the varying weights of the linework being utilised is marvellous! I love the colours, the mood they bring, the boldness, the gradation effect and again how they just set the mood, tone and feel of this world. I was a little sad that while Jacob has a regular physique (THANK YOU for that) I wish he had hair on his chest and belly leading to that happy trail.
I cannot stress enough that what these folks bring to the table with this is something that is extraordinary! The concept, the way it got written and how we see it visually add to this creativity and imagination that sneaks up on you, takes you by surprise with how the emotional spectrum of this hits you. It has this intrigue factor centred around Jacob that is surprising and the characterisation is just outstanding. All in all this is something you need to either, call, go to your local brick and mortar and order it—or contact your subscription service, You will definitely be happy you did!