Thursday, January 3, 2008

Snow and Rage

There are a couple post-apocalyptic comic titles that I’m interested in picking up this month

The first title, out this week, is North Wind by Boom Studios. I’ll have to wait until Saturday to get my copy but North Wind looks like my kinda’ series. Here’s the copy from Boom Studios website:
The future: mankind has suffered a disaster. Where there was once a lush, thriving planet, there is now only glaciers and snow. The cities that still stand are buried under the surface in caves of ice. Skinrunners trade valuable pelts for rations, warmth and survival. Into this violent, damaged world, a hero will rise... in the vein of Mad Max and The Road Warrior and for fans of Antony Johnson's Wasteland.

That’s a tall order that Boom has set up for themselves. Can they pull it off? I’m a fan of an old Eclipse Comics mini-series, which no one remembers, called Winter World, by Chuck Dixon. So, it makes perfect sense that I would be attracted to North Wind. I’ve always thought that a new Ice Age would be a great idea for a comic book series. After I’ve read the first issue I’ll let you all know if it was any good. The art looks to be very grim and gritty so I’m hopeful.

The second post-apocalyptic comic I’m interested in is Dark 48 by Digital Webbing. It’s not terribly original but it looks like it could be fun. Here is the copy from the website:
It all started when a terrorist cell intercepted a designer Soviet plague - a virus genetically engineered to attack the Y Chromosome of males, inducing rage. In the ‘80s the Russians had hoped the Afghan rebels would turn on each other saving them lives and ammunition. Thankfully they never used it. An ex-Russian General brought it to the attention of the CDC. They confiscated it. The terror cell got wind of it and the rest is history. We follow an all-female strike team — Battle Corp Delta — whose mission is to traverse the contiguous lower 48 searching for survivors…and hopefully a cure.

What we’ve got here is "Y the last Man" crossed with "28 Days Later." So, like I said, Dark 48 isn’t terribly original, but many, if not all, of current post-apocalyptic comics have been very ponderous, and have had soul-searching kinds of stories. Which isn’t bad, but I am in the mood for something that’s a little more action oriented. The all female, strike team sounds engaging because they’ll have the same issues as the "Y: the Last Man" gals but they’ll also need to fight their way though some serious combat. I’m ordering this late since I just came across the title on the web, so it might take me some time to get my hands on it, but when I do, I’ll post a short review.

Hope you all find something you like to read



Dean Wormer said...

I'm going to TFAW today and may pick up that first title.

Gotta get me my Marvel Zombies.

Swinebread said...

Hopefully they still have a few copies :)

Don Snabulus said...

Funny, I was reading The Golden Compass and the current scene is in the ice and snow, then BOOM, there is your comic book cover for North Wind.

Time for some hot chocolate!

Doctor Smoke said...

Damn. I just start drawing a comic book set in a frozen earth post-apocalypse time full of zombies and what do I read as soon as I go online?

I was going to continue the first page and scan and send it to my blog... but now I'm not so sure...

damn you, coincidence!!!

Doctor Smoke said...

oh and by the way...

shameless plug commencing!

shameless plug terminated!


Swinebread said...

snab - Why don't you do a post when you are finished with it and let us know how you liked it.

Dr. S. - Hey, man still post the page, I Iove that kinda stuff.