Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sheltered #1

Written by Ed Brisson
Art by Johnnie Christmas

I've been a fan of Ed Brisson's writing since I first bought an issue of his Murder Book at TCAF a few years ago.  He has subsequently written the Image mini-series Comeback, which was interesting, but nowhere near the quality of the first issue of his new series, Sheltered.

This mini-series is set in Safe Haven, a collection of trailers and underground bunkers set in some remote location in the United States.  It's populated by a group of 'preparationists', militia-types who are laying in supplies for the end of the government or the world.  The adults in this small community busy themselves digging bunkers and buying canned goods, and we learn that not everyone in the group agrees with how they are going about things, but Brisson creates the impression that their sense of common purpose overcomes any procedural differences they might feel.

The kids are another problem though.  It's quickly apparent that not all of the teenagers that live in the area see things the same way as their parents, and as is normal with teenagers, they go about rebelling in their own way.  A pair of boys borrow a HAM radio because their own is broken, but are pointedly shown not using it.  A pair of girls like to sneak out into the woods to 'hike', but they take a flask with them.

During what looks like a normal day, the sound of a gunshot in the woods brings everyone running.  It seems that some men are trying to attack the compound - just what the adults have been expecting and training for.  Things are not exactly what they seem though, and I don't want to spoil the book.  Suffice to say, it's a very good read, and I'm looking forward to the next issue.

Johnnie Christmas's art looks quite nice in colour (I've only ever seen black and white work from him in Murder Book).  This book reminds me a little of Joshua Hale Fialkov and Noel Tuazon's excellent Elk's Run, but the twists are quite different.  I recommend checking this out.

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