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Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World

(Hinterkind #1-6)

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,022 ratings  ·  184 reviews
The human race didn't get a happily ever after.

After 300,000 years at the top of the food chain, it took only seven months for humanity to become an endangered species.

The Blight killed nearly everyone, and changed everything. As skyscrapers sprouted forests and wild animals took over the deserted streets, the planet's new rulers emerged from their age-old hiding places:
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Vertigo (first published October 2nd 2013)
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It was not enough, it was too much, and the art was fugly.
Does that make sense?
I'll try to explain.

Blight happened, and now humanity is on the verge of extinction.
What's Blight, you ask?
I'm assuming that it was a virus or maybe a biological weapon, but I can't say for sure, because it wasn't really explained.
It happened.
Now the characters live in a post-apocalyptic world.
And you know what every dystopian world needs, right?

A girl with an odd name who's good
Sam Quixote
May 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Hinterkind is the uneasy spawn of Sweet Tooth and Fables, both Vertigo books that were popular so Ian Edginton decided, why not smoosh them together? … Because you get Hinterkind, that’s why!

It’s an arbitrary number of years in the future - let’s say 300,000, why not? - and humanity has become an endangered species. The Blight, a plague that wiped most of us out, has left the cities of the world ghost towns, the foliage reclaiming the architecture so places like Noo Yawk look like those gorgeou
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
(3,5 of 5) Hinterkind. Not really appreciated here. 3,2 rating is pretty low on Goodreads and I can see what could be a problem for other readers. But for me, it's not so bad. It's a post-apocalyptic world, where few enclaves op humans survive and the hinterland came back to claim the Earth. Yes, all the mythic and fairytale creatures are real here. And their years in hideaway from humankind left them quite bitter. So we have postapocalyptic survival, fairytale/mythic creatures, some post-govern ...more
This rating/review is based on an ARC from netgalley.


The plot was awful and the art was also so awful! This is definitely the very worst comic I've read. The only good part were the wide shots of New York City overrun by plants, and even then it is pretty cliché. The creatures were like Saga but worse. The plot was kind of like a mix of Saga, Sweet Tooth, and other dystopian junk, to make an overall uncreative mess. Also so many of the women in this comic were drawn like men! All women don
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
How can you mess up post-apocalyptic fantasy? It's like making bad chocolate.
Unfortunately Hinterkind did mess it up.Writing isn't particularly good and storyline is just dull.Only reason I didn't give it 1 star is somewhat interesting setting.
Long after an apocalyptic plague devastates humanity, a band of survivors eke out a living in Central Park, surrounded by overgrown high-rises and rusting cars. A young heroine named Prosper who's an expert shot with a bow, and her male acquaintance with a dark secret, decide to disobey the adults and leave the camp. They find the world overrun with creatures of myth and folktale, starting with a troll living under the ruins of the George Washington bridge; with humans in decline, these creature ...more
Stephanie Cooke
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Hinterkind is a post-apocalyptic fantasy story that is set some time after an unspoken something happens to the earth, nearly wiping out the population of humans. You know, like what happens in post-apocalyptic stories. Except in this story, the Hinterkind happen to be a bunch of mythical creatures that have come forth to reclaim the earth and take out their vengeance on the last of humanity.

This is a fantasy story with lots of ambition and even though it’s set on earth, it’s set in a different
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm not terribly impressed so far. The beautiful Greg Tocchini cover artwork is merely a bait and switch for the sketchy art of Francesco Trifogli, and Ian Edgington's writing is simplistic. It's like reading a 1940s anti-Jap comic with cuss words and modern slang in it. The Hinterkind are all levels of bad, whether they wanted to kill or enslave humans--not so different from a World War II comic. It's all about revenge and survival, and the fantasy twist doesn't brighten anything up. It eschews ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
First off my thanks to NetGallery and the publisher for providing me with a copy to review. With that said as much as I enjoyed the first TPB in this series it does feel somewhat derivative of many current dystopian science fiction trends.

A plague hits the world and technology takes a huge tumble. Much of the human race has died off, and what remains has set up agrarian communities. Bows and arrows have pretty much replaced guns, and communication between settlements is maintained, but not witho
3.5 stars.

The bad reviews for this book almost scared me off. I thought the premise sounded pretty awesome--sort of The Walking Dead meets Fables--but a 3.3 average GR rating? Ouch. (And yes, I rounded down to 3 stars, but I'm harder on my books than the average GR reviewer so I would normally expect this to have around 4 stars. :P) I probably wouldn't have picked it up if I hadn't happened to win it in a First Reads giveaway, but I'm glad I did because I ended up quite enjoying it. It's a fun,
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, vertigo

I don't know why, but I had been putting off reading this. Now that I have finally read the first arc, I feel kinda silly for waiting so long.

When Vertigo went through their little change up a while back, I kind of thought it was the death rattle of the glory days. However, with new titles like this, I can feel the hope inside of me bubbling up with excitement.

This story has some great characters, an intriguing world, wonderful plot development and some very pretty pictures. These first six iss
Colona Public Library
I was admiring the cover and that's what made me pick up this book series, I've gotten the next 2 volumes of Hinterkind and all of them have amazing cover art. It got me really excited to read them after seeing the cover of the book so, when I finished reading the book and I was completely disappointed. This throws us into a world with no explanation and just comes off as completely confusing. The opening I thought was nice setting up some dystopian type future. I like that central park, a place ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Received in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Nature has reclaimed the Earth and humanity has been decimated due to an unexplained catastrophe called the Blight. Creatures of myth and legend, hidden for millennia during mankind's era of dominance, have emerged from the shadows and formed factions with the aim of ruling this new, old world.

There is not a lot new here. Hinterkind reads as the bastard child of Fables and Game of Thrones, with a liberal dash of Saga, mixing post-apocalyptic fiction w
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
As a rule, I'm prepared to give new works the benefit of the doubt and assume that what might otherwise earn the label "cliche" might just be the repetition of a classic trope or even a bit of homage. Cliche's come so fast and furious in "Hinterkind," one cannot avoid the "C" word.

The plot? Decades after an unnamed plague wiped out much of humanity, a settlement of survivors scrapes by in Central Park. A pair of teens (pretty girl who shoots a bow with flawless aim and boy who secretly loves her
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Hinterkind focuses on the divide that is between human and hinterkind- creatures of myth that no one knew existed until the world was basically destroyed.

We start out with Prosper and Angus, two teenagers out hunting in the forest who are rebellious and don’t understand the meaning of ‘Don’t leave’. After running away from their town they meet a man named Jon and from there, their lives are completely turned around

I liked what
Nadine Jones
I won a book! I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads giveaways.

This book arrived with a copy of the 2013 guide to DC Graphic Novels - a nice touch - it's interesting, AND a good marketing gimick! (Heavy on the superhero books, though.)

The story has a lot of promise: some undefined illness fells the majority of humans, letting the planet go back to Mother Nature (trees grow on the top of the Empire State Building, and the planet seems to have warmed, there are tropical birds an
Joe Young
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ian Edginton - writer
Francesco Trifogli - illustrator

Sometime in the future, an unknown catastrophe has decimated the human population of Earth. At the same time, perhaps as a result of the unnamed catastrophe, the older races of Earth, long thought to be legend or myth, return from hiding to claim dominion over the World. Now humans are an endangered species, while Elves, Trolls, Goblins, Faeries and all manner of mythological creatures roam across the land. When the the last remaining human se
Drown Hollum
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I'm always excited for a new Vertigo series, and the art here is pretty cool, but the story is familiar and nothing to write home about. The dialogue is rough and the characters are unrelatable archetypes, little more. A lot of neat ideas implemented here are mucked up by an over abundance of cornball tropes. A lot of the designs are very interesting and the colors are inventive, fitting perfectly with the unique universe, but the story doesn't provide the necessary framework for this to be a fu ...more
Chris Lemmerman
I read the first three issues in singles and wasn't really hooked, I much preferred Coffin Hill, the other Vertigo book that came out at the same time. Whilst the statement remains true, I do look on Hinterkind a bit more favorably after reading this trade. It's got some interesting ideas and intriguing characters, with a lot of moving parts for just 6 issues, but just as it gets going, the trade ends, so whilst I'm looking forward to volume 2, it still left me a little disappointed. The artwork ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novels
The Hinterkind tells the story of a post-apocalyptic America, where humans are almost extinct and the dominant species are those formerly relegated to myth and fantasy, i.e., trolls, elves, sidhe, that have grown to despise humans. The story is fast-paced with lots of action and I found myself really drawn into this post-civilized world where so much is focused on mere survival. There are a lot of threads here that remain unresolved and I look forward to volume 2.

[I received this book as a netg
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the tale of Prosper Monday told in graphic fashion and excerpts of her future writings.. After a series of disasters rack the world with disease diminishing the human population, Prosper Monday and other survivors of New York City find out that they are not alone. The Fae are coming back big time - all of them both fair and dark. Other players known and unknown are also entering the board. What part each will play will be made known in the next lavishly illustrated issue! Guess we will j ...more
Alex Sarll
I used to be mad for stories in which magic returned to the world. But then once there weren't so damn many of the bastards (see also: alternate timelines, vampires, and above all steampunk). Some intriguing possibilities are suggested, and the overgrown future Manhattan is gorgeous, but this can't help feeling like very well-trodden ground. ...more
Misha Ali
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty much what I expected from the blurb. The best thing about this seems to be that it is pretty straightforward and action oriented. The worst thing about it is that the story doesn't really offer anything new or particularly interesting yet. However, the various factions and sub-factions clashing later seems worth continuing the series. ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A vibrant art style and a well written post apocalyptic story, mixed with fantastical creautures long since thought mythological, makes for a quick fun filled read. This is a well thought out world and well worth picking it up if you are into mythic creatures, post apocalyptic stories, or just epic adventures.
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
So-so. There's a good story in here somewhere, but it's hiding in a bunch of random. ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Eh. Messy art, okayish story. I just expected more. The premise seems like it could be used better.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Story is pretty awesome but the artwork leaves a bit to be desired...
TJ Shelby
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Frankly, I was a little underwhelmed. Like when you're watching a movie and you keep waiting for it to get better and then the credits roll. ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Felt like a mashup of Fables + Saga. I really like it. Looking forward to the next volumes!
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, gn-manga, adult
Not bad, but it's pretty ridic that even the Hinterkind use misogynistic slurs (one woman calls someone a pussy). Nothing says fantasy like a mythological creature using misogynistic, human slurs! ...more
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Edginton sees part of the key to his success coming from good relationships with artists, especially D'Israeli and Steve Yeowell as well as Steve Pugh and Mike Collins. He is best known for his steampunk/alternative history work (often with the artist D'Israeli) and is the co-creator of Scarlet Traces, a sequel to their adaptation of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds. With 2000 AD we has written L ...more

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