Zenescope Entertainment 2017
Written by Ralph Tedesco
Illustrated by J.G. Miranda
Coloured by Bryan Valenza
Lettered by Kurt Hathaway
Almost three decades after the virus hit, the world between sectors is overrun by raiders, outlaws and monstrous beings called “Primals.” Couriers are the key to trade as they navigate the extremely dangerous terrain between strongholds to deliver goods to the wealthy. And Eve Harper is maybe the best there is. But when Eve takes a job delivering a package to untrustworthy buyers, she soon realizes that this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew.
Eve and Franklin make an odd but likeable duo. I know she wasn’t planning on taking on an apprentice or making a friend but strange things are afoot out here. Without the money to head back to Tar Heel, which is coincidentally where Franklin wants to go, what are Eve’s options right now? What Ralph has been doing by bringing us the microcosm of this post apocalyptic world really has been done extremely well. It makes me want to know more as there are other cities and strongholds out there to explore.
The characterisation is nicely done as well. Aside from the whole pacing, structure and development of the story we’re seeing the characters as people we like, root for and can relate to, yes even in this world. This is the smart storytelling that i’ve loved seeing come out of Zenescope over the last few years. This is the future of storytelling that is going to garner new fans and excite old ones as the horror is real in ways that are both obvious and subtle. Yes subtle because sometimes the actions of people are more horrific than those of so-called monsters and it’s up to you to decide which is which.
J.G. lays down some impressive linework here. Really like the weight of the work we see and how the expressive and emotive the characters are. It’s got a great comic book style to it but then there are moments that the creativity, imagination and horror aspects play beautifully across the page. The way he’s utilised the layouts through angles and perspective has been great to see. While personally i’d like to see more backgrounds what we get is solid stuff.
I think this is a great example of the future of comics. It isn’t monthly series it’s a series of arcs to tell stories. So volume after volume comes out to tell the complete arc and then we get some time off till the next arc is ready. It gives the company a chance to see how the series as whole sold and even the trade paperback to determine the viability of doing more. Plus it gives the creators a chance to look at the characters through a fresh set of eyes time and again.
It’s books like this one that keeps me coming back to Zenescope time and time again. It’s intelligent, fun and interesting storytelling that is able to capture the mind and imagination of it’s reader so very well.