BOOM! Studios 2021
Written by Victor LaValle
Illustrated by Jo Mi-Gyeong
Coloured by Brittany Peer
Lettered by Andworld Design
* When the ice caps melted, most of humanity was lost to the hidden disease that was released.
* Now, a mysterious girl named Eve has awoken in secret and must deal with a world that's nothing like the virtual reality she was raised in.
* In order to save her real father, Eve must embark on a deadly quest across the country, but she has no idea of the threats that await her -- or the price she will pay to restore life to a dying planet...
I wasn’t fully prepared for this book when I sat down to read it. I thought it would be something else and then after the opening this whole thing took me by complete surprise. Gotta say I love what I am seeing too and how Victor is writing this is really very impressive to me. I love the opening here it’s fantastic as it introduces us to Eve in such a warm and familiar kind of way and then things get a tad weird lol. It is the weird part that really makes this story start to take shape and makes you want to know and see more.
I like the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented incredibly well. The character development that we see is superb and how we see the dialogue as well as the character interaction really helps us set the tone for who Eve is and is going to be as well as the teddy bear, Wexler. The pacing is great and as it takes us through the pages revealing more and more of the story and what this is going to entail it engages the reader perfectly and leaves the desire to know and see more.
I do greatly appreciate how we see this being structured and how we see the layers within the story begin to emerge. There’s a very nice way about how the amount of information is presented without it feeling overloaded, given too quickly or glossed over that I find impressive. The way that we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is very well achieved.
The interiors here are sensational. The linework that we see is splendid and how the varying weights and techniques are being utilised to create the detail work that we see is pretty marvellous. Again the opening with their massive use of backgrounds really brings this to life in some spectacular ways. Also the creativity and imagination on display here is phenomenal to see as the wildlife and how the world currently looks are shown is so mind numbingly great. The way that we see depth perception, that sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story is marvellously rendered. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a magnificent eye for storytelling. The colour work is absolutely gorgeous to see. How the various hues and tones within the colours are utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work really demonstrates a superb eye for how colour should work.
This is a truly marvellous concept and how it’s being executed is stupendous to me. I wasn’t expecting this to be what its about but now that I am seeing it I am obsessed with this and where its going to go. Victor has a great mind for storytelling, using his talent and skill to take that concept and execute into this must read masterpiece in the making. It doesn’t hurt that the interiors here are just as brilliant and strong as the writing either. BOOM! Has another hit on their hands here and its going to be the summers greatest blockbuster you just wait and see.