Dynamite Entertainment 2016
Written by Ben Fisher
Illustrated & Lettered by Adam Markiewicz
Coloured by Adam Guzowski
I am not a happy camper, okay I am but i’m still upset. While Ben is delivering us one of the most unique and different looks at a post apocalyptic world the characters he’s introduced have been amazingly diverse. This group that is traveling together is new to one another so the personal attachments aren’t really there with one another yet but for me as a reader they are. That I feel this way and we’re in issue five well that’s a great testament to how well Ben has depicted these people.
This is one hell of an issue where we see people able to touch, possibly learn how the Divide and the walkabouts came into being. However what is the price of knowledge and if this is the truth what is that going to mean for our group moving forward? Oh and on a side note when you touch someone and absorb them into your head i’m wondering if you somehow pick up the sexual orientation or preferences as well? Would a straight man become bi-sexual by absorbing a gay man into his head? Yeah i’m thinking about it and again with what we’ve already seen i’m surprised it’s taken me this long to think of it.
We’ve seen the fight club version of the survivors, who are batshit crazy from all the other people in their heads and this time around we get a different kind of crazy. There’s always one self appointed religious nut out there who appoints themself as the saviour of mankind and thinks they run things. I am rather enjoying the self stylings of this one as it comes in a form I really hadn’t expected. Of course the dinner theatre that we get from this person isn’t without some merit once Jon the first disciple shows them what’s behind the curtain.
I’m a huge fan of the work that Adam squared are doing here. I mean these are people, not folks in fanciful colourful garb with bodies only gods possess. So that they are people, look and come across as someone we know and so amazingly well done is superb to see. The faces, facial expressions and body language of these characters speak volumes about how they think and feel at any given moment. The use of page layouts that utilise angles, perspective and the detail in the backgrounds really make this come to life beautifully.
I’m kind of in awe by the fact that this has all the familiar elements of a post apocalyptic story that is seen time and again but keeps a fresh edge and eye towards things we’d never dream of ourselves. The originality and creativity in the story here blends so much of what’s been and opens up a world of can that be or what if’s that excite the mind.
There’s a lot to digest here and not all will make you happy but it’s the realness of what transpires regardless of how you feel about it is what’s impressive. Moving over Walking Dead there’s a new end of the world show I wanna see.