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Months after mysterious corals drew 99% of humanity into the sea, a band of survivors ekes out a hollow existence on a remote British island.

When two people are cast up on the beach, completely blue, but very much alive, the island is thrown into turmoil.

What caused the mass extinction event? How did these two return from the deep, when billions died? Most importantly, what is the coral, and what does it want with the Earth?

A creeping, psychological horror fable of a planet rebelling against its inhabitants – perfect for fans of The Walking Dead, The Day of the Triffids, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Surface Tension is a gorgeous and timely ecological adventure of unprecedented scope. The oceans have never seemed so threatening!

This comic is a refreshing take on the apocalyptic zombie-creature genre that is so prevalent in today’s media. Instead of a zombie plague, there is a sea sickness that turns flesh into melting liquid (eventually water), and compels people to walk into the ocean, never to be heard from or found again.

The story begins after the sickness has killed most of the population. However, two people wash up on the shore with no memory of the year they’ve been missing, and with blue skin. The comic goes on to show the past as much as the present, explaining the state of things. It leaves off with a cliffhanger, giving the reader something to keep reading for when the new issue comes out.

As a fan of end of the world, dystopian settings, I found this very refreshing. The art is good, vibrant, colorful. The story is cohesive. It leaves you guessing the right amount to keep you reading, but it doesn’t have any huge holes that are evident so far, so it’s not too frustrating. I also appreciate the inclusion of main characters of color throughout the book – something we don’t see a lot of in this type of story. While I did find myself wanting more actual action and less exposition, that’s a minor complaint about a book that is very solid overall. Personally, I’m looking forward to the next installment!

You can find out more and purchase this title from Titan Comics right over here!

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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