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Sheltered, Volume 1: A Pre-Apocalyptic Tale

(Sheltered #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  654 ratings  ·  112 reviews
The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any and all end-of-world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons, and training can't save them from the one threat they never could have expected: their own children.

Collects SHELTERED #1-5
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 24th 2013 by Image Comics (first published December 11th 2013)
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Jan Philipzig
Far-Fetched But Entertaining

Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, a group of survivalist nuts have spent the last few years secretly preparing for the end of the world. They have trained, built underground bunkers, stashed supplies and weapons. The teenage son of one of the hidden community's founders, however, takes the survival-of-the-fittest attitude he has grown up with to the next level - with deadly consequences: he manipulates the community's other children into killing all its grown-ups. A
Sam Quixote
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Set in the snowy backwoods of rural America, a group of survivalist nuts have been seting up fallout shelters filled with supplies for years in anticipation of the massive volcano in Yellowstone erupting soon and decimating the country. Except their children have other plans and decide to massacre all of the adults! While the kids and their leader, the quietly insane loner Lucas, prepare for the coming apocalypse, two girls, Vic and Hailey, didn’t know about the plan and have hidden away in one ...more
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
3.5 if I could.

I hate kids...and this book just make me hate them more. Little shits. All of em.

I also love dogs...and if you've read this volume you know where I'm going with that.

Good book. Full of nut jobs. I like that its pre-apocalyptic and is know...before the apocalyptic stuff. will be interesting to see where the next volume takes us. This first book left off on a pretty solid cliff-hanger so I'm curious as all get out to see what happens next.
James DeSantis
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a pretty fun story.

So the end of the world is coming, or so some people think, so they begin to build a home away from everyone else. As the parents of this community trying to prepare for the end the kids begin to revolt and they murderer every single parent. Two kids see this and run away from the rest of the children of the corn type kids and tus begins a tension filled adventure of survival. Why did they kill the parents? What is coming? Will the two kids who don't agree the rest l
Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
I'm not one that usually goes for post-apocalyptic stories. They tend to be bloody (both meanings) intense and that just not my cuppa. However, the blur in the cover got my attention and I also tend to attention to what Image publishes so I gave it a try.
So, this bunch of people are living in a place called Safe Heaven (not really a suitable name after you read the book) preparing themselves in case the world ends or something. All that trouble for nothing, because suddenly their children turns
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. In the first issue something happens that I just can’t get on board with. I just can’t believe something like that would happen. With that being said, how does the rest of the story flow after that. It’s pretty good. I enjoy Ed Brissons stuff so I’m not surprised. There’s this community off the beaten path that’s been prepping for a doomsday event. After the events of the first issue, they think Yellowstone park is going to erupt any day now. Everyone is on edge, tempers are flaring a ...more
Isa Lavinia
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Sheltered Vol 1 courtesy of Image Comics through Netgalley

I simply was not ready for this! I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but Ed Brisson and John Christmas just surpassed whatever expectations I might have had.

Welcome to the pre-Apocalypse - if it'll come at all. Safe Haven is a commune filled with people who spend their lives preparing for the impending end of the world. They have stocked bunkers, plans for every eventuality, they train and raise their children to be ready for
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
A very strong premise that could have been executed better. A survival group's children get it into their heads that the world is ending. From there, everything descends into chaos. I don't want to ruin the plot so I'll stop here. The main antagonist is a real bastard. Johnny Christmas's art is pretty good and fits the gritty nature of the story. ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-fiction
The premise is a bit exaggerated - kids who choose to kill their parents to survive in a potential apocalypse. I expect there is more behind it, though. So far the story borrows elements from Lord of the Flies with some more modern mystery and psychology thrown in. It is a fun read, so it's easy to recommend.

Safe Haven is a town inhabited by nuts who are getting ready for the end of the world - bunkers, supplies, guns, the works. They want to stay off the radar, so when somebody threatens to inv
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is a preppers community. Far from civilisation, whole families in fenced complex with trailers and underground bunkers. And one day, one psychopathic kid in the idea they will live longer on their supplies if they "get rid off" all the adults. Well with things he predicts to come, the less hungry throats the bigger chance to survive. And so it happens. Yes, some kids even thrive to the new parentless freedom. More just came along with their manipulative leader. But, of course, there is few ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I know I've read this before at some point, but never added it to my Goodreads list. Interesting story about a community of survival preppers whose kids massacre all the adults and take over. The premise, that a super-volcano in Yellowstone Park is about to blow, is a little shaky, granted, but once you get past that, the rest of the story is pretty good, with the kids threatening to turn on one another and a few of them holding out hope for some sort of escape or rescue. ...more
Dave Schaafsma
Before I wrote my review I did something I don't usually do, I read a couple reviews that sort of summarize some of my exact thoughts, from Sam Quixote and Jan (so I'll be brief, read theirs): This is a kind of interesting read about survivalist nuts in rural America who are facing what they see as The Apocalypse, the imminent eruption of Yellowstone volcanoes that will create an unprecedented environmental disaster. Okay… though with the dying of Old Faithful, doesn't seem imminent…

And in this
One thing that immediately sets Sheltered apart from other post-apocalyptic stories is the fact that it’s actually a pre-apocalyptic story. It begins at a secluded camp of survivalists who have been busily preparing for the inevitable. What they didn't expect is how their preparations would affect their children. Lead by Lucas, who believes that the only chance the younger generation has for survival, is to take their parents' teachings to heart. Meanwhile, Hailey and Victoria, who were not part ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Aaaah how much I love the kids.
I find all characters here kinda likeable. I bought this not really expecting anything and it surprised me pretty much. Artwork is a little crude but it kind of makes a great couple with a story.
Really recommend to others, also I'm buying vol.2 as soon as possible.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fucking intense. The children of a doomsday cult kill all their parents, thinking that their limited supplies won't last amongst everyone. The leader kid who started it is one insanely creepy guy. People are slowly learning he's not telling the truth but so far it's not going well for them. I am very interested to see where this goes. ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Zombies not zombies
Dani Shuping
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Review copy provided by NetGalley

Safe Haven. The place where you can go for any end-of-the-world scenario you can imagine. The men and women here have been ready for years for anything that might come. They've got bunkers, weapons, food and drink stocks, training, and everything else they'll need to last. The one thing they aren't prepared for? Their own children.

I'm not exactly sure what I was thinking that this comic would be about, but I was at least hoping for something that was creative and
Dimitris Papastergiou
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do you hate kids?


Well, give this one a read and we'll talk again.

Apocalypse is near... The end is coming. A little town called Safe Haven (ha) is preparing for the apocalypse collecting resources and everything they need in bunkers while earthquakes all of the world keep happening every single day, thousands of them.

Everyone is already stressed out and everything is going according to plan(?) for the little town to get ready before the big bang.. that is.. until the children of the town take
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-graphics
This volume collects Sheltered #1-5. The premise is a pre-apocalyptic time with what seems to be a group of preppers who are convinced things are about to get bad. They've been preparing for awhile, have a secluded location and lots of food in reserve. But before they can go completely off the grid, all the kids in the community turn on them. The teen leader has convinced his compatriots that to survive the pending disaster they had to get rid of their parents. And of course, he doesn’t tell the ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
The premise of this series is pretty interesting. The children of libertarian survivalist whack-jobs turn out to be even bigger whack-jobs (whoddathunkit). Unfortunately, the characters are rather flat. The most developed is Lucas, resident tween dictator, who apparently believes everything he reads on the internet but has yet to take that anthropology class where they explain to you that small-scale societies thrive best as commune-based, non-centralized tribal units. His nemesis/our heroine is ...more
Rob Slaven
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
As usual I received this book for free. This time it was via NetGalley. Despite that kindness my candid thoughts follow below.

On the positive side, the comic has a unique premise that basically boils down to a combination of Doomsday Preppers, The Walking Dead and Lord of the Flies. Despite being a hybrid, this is one I would have never anticipated so it earns great points for originality. Graphically speaking, the artwork is gritty and realistic and more than any comic I've ever seen, it has a
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Safe Haven residents are preparing for doomsday. They are convinced it is fast approaching. Lucas, a charismatic teen, convinces most of the other teens there won't be enough supplies for all residents to survive three years so steps must be taken. Violent steps.

While highly reminiscent of "Lord of the Flies", this graphic novel/comic adds its own flair through Lucas' specific obsession, the addition of a handful of females, but particularly through the way the madness seems to creep and be more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kids, huh? Echoes of Lord of the Flies, but in a good way. Left me wanting more, though wondering maybe how much more there is actually left in the story. An extra point for taking post-apocalyptic tales a step backwards - pre-apocalyptic? Worth examining too, and highlights that before or after the collapse of society, people are still (often, depressingly) people. Some really well illustrated characters that ring true, one or two that came off a little hollow - every story needs archetypes, bu ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent " end of the world" story
with a twist. Their kids take over and hell breaks loose.
Jonathan Roberts
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Lord of the Flies all over again but way more jacked up! Very enjoyable, wondering where the author will go next.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. I stumbled across this after finishing a volume of Chew. It was advertised at the back as something to look out for. And am I glad I searched it out.

This graphic novel is set in a pre-apocalyptic, pre-"this supervolcano under yellowstone park is legit gonna go off big time!" society.
People are gathering together all the necessary supplies to create an ultimate bunker to house a society of end-of-the-world hillbilly but jobs.
Then an even occurs, which leaves us with this brilliant 'Lord of
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's not how many, it's how big. These earthquakes were magnitude seven and are getting worse. This much activity, an eruption is inevitable. It's a matter of days, if not hours.

A group of doomsday preppers have created safe-haven, an off the grid series of bunkers which they are slowly stocking with food, ahead of their perceived apocalyptic future. When Lucas, on of their son's discovers that the supervolcano under Yellowstone Park is potentially going to erupt tough choices have to be mad
Mary Beth
It’s possible that the sociopathic evil-mastermind antagonist of Sheltered becomes more recognizably human in successive volumes, that his ability to persuade his (presumably nonsociopathic) minions into not just passive acceptance of but active engagement with his horrifying plans later becomes more explicable, but nothing about this gruesome, if well-executed, introduction inspires much excitement about finding out.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable. So, for the most part I'm probably not supposed to, but even the more sympathetic characters didn't really gell with me.

I have a real problem with jerkarse or stupid teenage characters and this book is filled with them.

The ending has some potential for a second volume, but I found Lucas so irredeemably villainous that I don't really feel like reading any more of this series.
Jenna West
I didn’t care much for this book, but action/gorey books aren’t really for me I guess. The story follows that of a group of people preparing for the apocalypse. The camp ends up being run by teens, and that in itself is chaotic enough, along with some interesting details thrown into the mix..I was waiting for more details and to feel satisfied with the ending - only to realize there are more volumes that I won’t be reading.
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