In 2033 less than 1% of the population survived a devastating pandemic virus. Half of those who lived were immune while half of the survivors mutated into something disturbingly subhuman. Now decades later, the world has rebuilt in many ways but has become something else entirely. Strongholds of human survivors have been set up independently of one another across parts of what is formerly the United States. The rich live in highly guarded Utopias where technology and even an economy has been restored. However, the vast “wasteland” between strongholds is a very dangerous and unforgiving place where the poor are forced to live in areas where gangs, pirates and the mutated roam free. Couriers are key to the survival of the Strongholds and are paid handsomely to deliver valuables between them. Eve Harper is one of the best couriers there is, but when she takes a job to find a missing shipment for an extremely dangerous drug dealer named Gillings, Eve is forced to use every trick she’s ever learned in order to survive the riskiest job of her life.
This seems like something we’ve seen before in some form or another, but that’s not really a bad thing. Even so, these kinds of stories are ones that I generally don’t get tired of as long as they’re done right. While issues one and two of The Courier might be too early to tell, it’s 40% I’m willing to give a shot.
We enter this not so future story with two wasteland gangs making a deal that ends up going bad. Eve takes on the job of delivering medicine needed to heal of one of the gang leaders, who just happens to be an old friend. Along the way of course, she has a run in with the mutated beings known as Primals. Just barely making it out, but not unscathed, she arrives at her destination to help her friend. The problem is, the leader’s younger brother has been all too influenced by his woman and ends up killing him anyways. Putting the blame on Eve, he has his men grab her up, with likely plans of eventually ending her.
The thing I most look forward to when building a world like this is how it’s represented visually. The environment looks great from what we saw of it, and the Primals are a terrifying yet well designed part of the story. While we only have a few more issues left, I think it’ll be cool to see what else is drawn up.
With the focus primarily on Eve, it doesn’t seem like we’ll get much of the scope of our world in this mini series. That being said though, what we are getting so far is pretty decent and I’d be interested in completing it. I’d say this is a book worth taking a look at and with only 5 issues left won’t put you out much.
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