IDW Publishing 2015
Created & Written by H.S. Tak
Illustrated by Amancay Nahuelpan
Coloured by Sebastian Cheng
Lettered by Dezi Sienty
Wow every issue i’m still blown away by the work Amancay and Sebastian are doing here. The opening page, the water torture reminiscent of the way witches used to be interrogated yeah it was pretty powerful to see. What this leads to is one very interesting turn of events that will forever change everything. The story Tak is telling is really gone from interesting to quite powerful this issue.
When Jadas was created there was something else as a sort of byproduct from that creation and that was something just as opposite and and as powerful as his “birth.” There is that old saying that for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction and well it seems that applies here as well. As the U.S. Government as well as every other government on the planet strives to find where Jadas went an epidemic spreads like wildfire cleansing the population.
I like that we see how inept of out of touch each organization is with the others as Ms. Estrada is approached repeatedly by different agencies agents. Meanwhile I love that Jadas is on that ship and unable to understand the language he sees on the television in regards to him. While the world is going to pot around him he’s traveling to see the one person he’s wanted to meet since he’s been able to retain the discovery about his birth.
This whole issue is kind of crazy cool. I mean with everything that is happening and how it all unfolds and then meeting his father and another character supposedly so very important to him well it all kind of challenges everything Jadas knows and thinks. As we see it all unfold before us and it’s laid out pretty intelligently there’s this whole new set of what’s important that comes to mind. What’s right and what’s wrong where does one’s loyalties lie or where should they lie? The greater good for those to come or for those currently alive? There are all these different ways of looking at things and the way they are presented here really challenge your thinking.
Ultimately I really appreciated the choice Jadas made. It was a very emotional and hard one in my eyes but it’s great to see. This has surprised me at every step of the way. The it’s been written and illustrated continues to demonstrate an amazing grasp of not only human nature but how inexplicable and unpredictable life can be. This journey they are taking us on is amazing in that we can’t even begin to have understood what we were in for. This is the kind of storytelling that makes you realize how powerful the medium can be.