Horde Media/Alterna Comics 2016
Created & Written by Eric Borden
Illustrated by David Mims
Lettered by Spike O’Laochdha
Alright this is the kind of stuff that we as readers love to see. I mean c’mon it’s that post apocalyptic style world, Global Warming happened, the ice melted, sea levels rose and chaos erupted on Earth. This resulted in countries having to restructure themselves and new bases and people of power rose to the top. Eric very quickly tells us the short and sweet version of what’s happened so that we can be caught up. It’s wonderfully done and it’s a great way to start off, give us a feel for how society evolved to what it’s like during this story.
To go along with all this is the interior artwork by David. It’s got this whole weird kind of cool vibe to it that doesn’t quite say Manga but neither does it deny its influence in what we see. There is a very unique style to the work that plays well with not only the story at hand but how we need to see the characters here. The way page layouts are used through utilising angles, perspective and even backgrounds do enough to bring us here and leave us with our imagination filling whatever blanks there may be.
This is very much a kind of Samurai Science Fiction kind of adventure. So it’s got some very nice influences considering the state of the world. I think the writing here is exceptionally strong. We get a stellar look at our two main characters, a decent idea of what they are after and then a pretty good look at how they live their lives. Oh and there’s even a perk at the bad guys who’ll be coming after them. So what essentially i’m saying is that Eric does a exactly what he needs to do here in a first issue.
I think this was released through Comixology in 2016 and now it’s a part of the company’s new direction of bringing back Newsprint comics. Which by the way are fantastic, nostalgic and extremely easy to fit into your budget when it comes to buying new comics. I say this because there are two very inexpensive ways to get this series so there’s no excuse. If your brick and mortar shoppe doesn’t carry it have them order it, it’s at Diamond. If you read online it’s available there too see there’s no reason not to read this.
Welcome to a new world where corporations, their agents various assorted sundry individuals live and try to eek out a living while allowing for their reputations to keep them respected, feared and afloat. I think this is pretty amazing honestly it’s got a great premise, solid writing, pacing and characterisation and some extremely interesting interior artwork. Now I wanna see how this looks on newsprint!