Doomsday is a newly written prequel which precedes the re-release of the popular 1980s post-apocalyptic Endworld series. Movie director Kurt Carpenter...moreDoomsday is a newly written prequel which precedes the re-release of the popular 1980s post-apocalyptic Endworld series. Movie director Kurt Carpenter (Kurt Russell/John Carpenter?) has read the writing on the wall and constructed a fortified compound in the American Midwest. Able to withstand everything up to a direct nuclear strike, Carpenter intends to ride out the apocalypse with 100 hand-picked survivors – strong-willed people with the skills needed to survive the fall of civilization.
Starting with the obliteration of several major cities, individuals scattered across the United States receive a phone call telling them they have 100 hours to get to Carpenter’s compound. Construction worker Soren Anderson, psychologist Dr. Diana Trevor, and computer scientist Deepak Kapur are among those contacted and the first part of Doomsday follows them as they attempt to get to the compound within the time limit. But the end of the world is just the beginning of the story.
If you’ve ever read an action-adventure series, you’ll know what Doomsday has to offer. Few are the chapters which don’t end in cliff-hangers. Deaths are not mourned, but are met with grim resolve. And every character is larger than life. (less)
A nanotech virus has decimated the planet, capping the lifespan of humans at 21 years. 200 years later, children live in tribes and have created their...moreA nanotech virus has decimated the planet, capping the lifespan of humans at 21 years. 200 years later, children live in tribes and have created their own mythology to explain the world around them. In the Sky Shadow tribe, Rockjumper is about to become leader and he intends to take Fallingstar as his bride, but she has feelings for Sundog.
As the tension increases, Sundog discovers an ancient one, the elder Doctor Adams. Doctor Adams has come from his oceanic lab to inform the tribes about a cure – about a way they can live long enough to see their children’s children. Rockjumper, however, doesn’t believe his claims and orders his death. Will Sundog and Fallingstar side with their tribe, or will a chance at a better life lead them to reject their traditions?
Tribes: The Dog Years is the first volume in a new series from IDW Publishing. Written by Michael Geszel and Peter Spinetta, with art by Inaki Miranda and color by Eva de la Cruz, Tribes reads like a cross between Mad Max and Lord of the Flies, but unlike most post-apocalyptic settings, the world is lush and populated, Unfortunately a lot of the population are feral children in the Headhunter tribe who provide most of the thrills in this entry. We also get glimpses of other tribes, including one which almost steampunk. Tribes is a good read and has incredible pacing.
If you saw any ads for Tribes, you may have seen it referred to as a widescreen comic which describes Tribes’s landscape-style layout. However, the extra width is only occasionally given over to full-page spreads. Mostly it’s packed with detailed panels, where you can study the Sky Shadow’s makeshift armor or count the pointed teeth in the mouths of approaching Headhunters. There are some great touches like the wreck of a plane which looks like the skeleton of some ancient beast or the frenetic fight scenes which almost feel animated.
While only the first entry, there’s enough here to satisfy readers and some great world-building which should appeal to post-apocalyptic fans interested in a variation on that reliable theme. (less)
Writer and artist Lemire’s (The Underwater Welder) postapocalyptic series about humanity’s twilight and the rise of human/animal hybrids reaches its p...moreWriter and artist Lemire’s (The Underwater Welder) postapocalyptic series about humanity’s twilight and the rise of human/animal hybrids reaches its poignant conclusion in this sixth volume. Main characters Gus, a boy with antlers, and Jepperd, his human guardian, head to Alaska along with the rest of their human and hybrid party. There the secret to the hybrid plague waits in a remote research facility. However, it will also be the site of the final battle between them and the militia hunting them.
Verdict: This emotionally riveting work is highly recommended for libraries with broader graphic novel collections and essential to those with selected earlier volumes. Lemire’s series also serves as a read-alike for both the “Y: The Last Man” and “The Walking Dead” series.
Published in: Xpress Reviews: Graphic Novels | First Look at New Books, August 30, 2013(less)