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High Level Vol. 1

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Hundreds of years after the end of the world, a new human society has rebuilt itself from scratch.

The one percent of the population who control all of the wealth and power on Earth have long since hidden themselves away behind the walls of a mysterious city: High Level.

Our story begins far away from the city of High Level, in an outland community where High Level is spoken
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Vertigo
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Chad
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
Even with all the familiar sci-fi, dystopian tropes in this, this still feels fresh and original. The worldbuilding and questing was fantastic. Thirteen is a local smuggler in a post apocalyptic landscape. She gets hired to transport a young girl to High Level, an almost mystical city where after toiling away for years you can ascend to the life of the one percent. The art was amazing. Even though there are three artists across 6 issues, Romulo Fajardo Jr's exquisite colors bring the book to lif ...more
Tristan
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
While it uses familair sci-fi tropes, High Level still feels fresh and original. The characters are great and Sheridan has created a highly interesting world. Looking forward how this story will develop.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Sarah
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good story and excellent illustration. I'm definitely intrigued enough to read the next volume when it comes out. Thirteen is a badass, although I really hope Valentina comes back, because she was my favorite. The kid wasn't too annoying, thank goodness. I am a little confused on some plot points, but I think that's because this is just the beginning. Looking forward to solving those mysteries! ...more
Alyssa
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I think the most upsetting thing about this is that with Vertigo gone there may never be follow up volumes. I can only hope it gets to continue on Black Label or under Image or something depending on the creative rights. It's twitter is still active so fingers crossed. Vertigo really went out with one last hurrah with some really good sci-fi comics at the end there. ...more
Cale
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rob Sheridan manages to recycle almost every Sci-Fi and post-apocalyptic trope into one book. But amazingly, from those common pieces he has created an uncommonly good work.
We've got the reluctant hero, XIII, a special child, Minnow, and a trek across a post-apocalyptic world avoiding warring factions to reach a paradise city in the sky. Even the fact that the leads are female, while appreciated, is not really novel. But out of these pieces Sheridan builds an intriguing world generations beyond
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Valéria.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Nakoľko Vertigo je fuč, neverím, že toto niekam ešte bude pokračovať, čo je naozaj škoda. Koniec zostal viacmenej otvorený a viem si predstaviť, že by to ešte jedno volume zvládlo celé parádne ukončiť. Po dlhej dobe ma bavil príbeh so ženskou hlavnou hrdinkou, príjemné sci-fi plné mutantov, robotov, post-apo sveta, zaujímavých miest a postáv. Kresba bola miestami nádherná, inokedy vyzerala ako keby to ani nerobil jeden a ten istý človek. Ale stále sa mi to skvele čítalo..
RG
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Cool scifi story. Very good art
Alan
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you DC for your occasional attempts to bring back science fiction, western, and even adventure comics instead of publishing super heroes only. Yeah, I think you deserve some credit for that despite what you as a company did to Vertigo this year.

Yes, it is the typical post-apocalyptic set up, and the disaster is never fully explained. That doesn't stop the journey of Thirteen and her child charge from being both entertaining, and maybe even a little sentimental at times.

The story does borro
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Mark
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh. Not a terrible attempt at post apocalyptic world building, but the dialogue is rough and the plot seems forced upon the characters. Because everything is all a bit murky and vague, the twist doesn't really land because you have no strong expectations of, well, anyone. So instead there's just an unnecessarily blunt punch line to give the protagonist motivation for a sequel that almost certainly isn't coming any time soon. The art is decent and the colours are nice, but neither can save a med ...more
Andrew
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a little bit "young adult", and themes are far from subtle, but it doesn't take itself too seriously most of the time.

The world building and designs are great, colours amazingly vibrant. Characters nice and distinct, no confusion over who's doing what in this comic. Lots of tasty full page panels, tricks like "panning shots" used rarely but done well.

A couple of very minor quibbles on speech bubbles but I stress only a couple and very minor.

Keen to read the next.
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Benjamin Johnson
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not a big graphic novel reader; there's only a handful that I have ever really enjoyed. I liked this story and the artwork, but sometimes the pace was too rushed. I would definitely like to read any new issues if they get released, though. It was a fun, quick read. ...more
David
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots to love in this - looks incredible and its world creation is beautifully delivered. A little unsure about its ending which is why I'm not confident awarding full stars. But I'd definitely read a Book Two. Here's hoping that there is one. ...more
Katie Steele
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was sooo good but I don’t think it’s being continued and that’s a huge bummer.
Heidi
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books-read
good sci-fi story. I recommend and I can be quite picky about graphic novels. 1 star off for not being a stand alone. Total book 2 setup but I’d read more.
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rob sheridan is an art director, writer, designer, illustrator, photographer, director, and editor, among other things. he currently resides in the pacific northwest, but is often journeying in an rv with his wife and dog.

he is the writer/creator of high level, an original sci-fi adventure comic book on dc vertigo.

he was the creative director for nine inch nails and trent reznor for 15 years, defi
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