New World # 1

Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Tradd Moore
Colors: Heather Moore

The United States has been decimated and divided by nuclear devastation and civil war. The country has been split into 4 regions, the most prosperous being New California. Here, hunting down criminals has become prime time entertainment, but for one cop and one criminal their lives are about to get very complicated.

This story is unique to say the least. I’m sure my fellow comic book fans have read their fair share of post apocalypse stories, but this one has a twist in it. There is no clear cut hero or villain in this story, although there are a few candidates for villain, but I digress. The flow of the story is good and gives a pretty interesting look on these characters trying to survive in the world we see. It did get a bit wordy in some areas of the story, but that, at this point, is just nitpicking on my part. Both main characters seem to want to change not only themselves but the world around them as well. While one has a clear cut path, the other not so much. It will be interesting to see both their character development as the story goes on. I did like how Kot gave the cop a bit of humanity and not just that character be the same run of the mill government enforcer who is just following orders. How much you wanna bet that angle will come into play later? All in all not a bad start to what is sure to be a very interesting story as we go along.

The art is unique as well. I will admit some it does look a little funky to me, like the backgrounds and some of the splash pages, but again just my own personal take on it. The vast majority of the art in this book really looks very interesting and dynamic. It’s a style I haven’t seen before, and that’s not a bad thing. Fresh creative expressions are always welcome here. The colors are bright and vibrant and really make the art jump off the page.

I like this series so far, the criticism is really just my own, but if you want to see what I’m talking about go get this issue. It does have a unique story and art that I’m sure will appeal to a lot of fans.

8 out of 10

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