Vol 1: Destiny, illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli, colored by Matt Wilson
Thirty years ago, the US sealed itself off from the rest of the world. No communications in or out, no people in or out. In the absence of this global superpower, the world fell into war and used terrible means to establish two warring factions: The Pan-Asian Prosperity Zone, and the Alliance Euro-Afrique. Now, America has broken its silence and sent a message to both: we have the cure for your current deadly virus, set to wipe out almost all human life within the next few years, and you have to come here to get it. The two sides assemble a team of seeming misfits - America experts, epidemiologists, soldiers, a journalist - and send them into a place no one has set foot for three decades. Just as their helicopter crests the ocean walls of California, all hell breaks loose, and it quickly becomes a much different mission, full of Americana, action, and mystery.
In this version of America, the ideology of valuing individualism over any other social benefit has been played out to the farthest degree. This story is complex and intricate - there are intrigues upon intrigues, triple crosses, and super high stakes for these characters. I appreciated the amount of backstory we got on each character, and how it was woven into the present-day mission. It was a seamless way to delve deeper on the characters while driving the plot forward.
Matt Wilson is one of my favorite colorists in the business, and this was another example of beautiful work. The landscape shots of this America are extremely detailed by Camuncoli and beautifully colored by Wilson. Camuncoli's illustrations and character designs are unique, and I especially like how unexpected and different the creatures and characters inside America are.
Image rates this as Mature, which is appropriate. There is quite a lot of violence and bloodshed, several deaths on page, and plenty of cussing.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Adult
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: June 23, 2020
ISBN: 9781534315990 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Adult, Comicbooks, Action Adventure, Dystopian, Survival
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