Aftershock Comics 2017
Written by Adam Glass
Illustrated by Pat Olliffe
Coloured by Gabe Eltaeb
Lettered by Sal Cipriano
Three years have passed since the Rough Riders' last adventure, but when an assassin's bullet takes President William McKinley's life, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt is thrust into the role of Commander in Chief. As a country mourns the loss of their leader, Roosevelt believes that the assassin is part of a bigger conspiracy, one whose tentacles reach back to Europe and whose intentions are to destroy humanity through world- wide ANARCHY.
I have to admit that I missed this book and i’m glad we didn’t have to wait too long for a new arc to hit. I find it interesting that so much time has passed since their initial adventure and that they haven’t kind of been working together regularly. Perhaps part of me wished to see that while after reading this issue there really is only so much they could do together without really interrupting their own personal timelines. Something I think that Adam keeps in mind when writing this.
I am a huge fan of the fact that Adam keeps things real and yet embellishes to fit the story. So that this was the actual date and how Teddy rose to the Presidency well it’s nicely done. Then adding in the technology that shouldn’t exist and this motley crew that never worked publically together and it’s why it’s Historical Fiction. Also kudos for keeping some educational value amidst the entertainment value here that’s all too underrated nowadays.
Pat is so gosh darned talented and seeing the attention to detail he brings to this is kind of astonishing. From the World’s Fair building to the likeness in Teddy to the way the clothes move and feel it’s all got this great sense about them. Plus his likenesses are stunning to see and the facial expressions and body language do as much for their characterisation as the writing. The use of page layouts through the angles, perspective and those all important backgrounds really do show off the larger picture of what’s happening.
So this issue is the introduction to the new arc and the bringing the gang back together. With one addition it seems that Monk Eastman is being given a second chance to tag along. I find that interesting as well so we’ll see how that goes and I full well remember him being sent into the Hudson River during the last arc after failing Teddy’s test. If you have no idea what i’m talking about and this is new to you have no worries! This is actually a great jumping on point for new readers. It has the right amount of explanation, or catching up, to bring new and established fans alike up to speed.
Aftershock is still knocking it out of the park with the quality of storytelling they bring to the industry. This book is a prime example of the power that history has and how it can fuel the imagination to create something larger than life!